F1 » McLaren youngsters 'deserve F1 chance'

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale says Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne ar eboth worthy of an F1 chance

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September 18, 2013 9:21 PM

Well Perez isn't good enough to lead a team like McLaren (at this stage) so.....a one year extension of Button's contract works for McLaren, trying to force his hand maybe.


September 18, 2013 10:43 PM

I believe McLaren should race one of them in the near future. The last time they did something like that, it worked very nicely. I'm speaking of 2007. Their rivals don't promote junior drivers directly at the top team. Red Bull uses Toro Rosso for that purpose and Ferrari uses other smaller teams as well or sign a very good driver from rival teams as Raikkonen or Alonso. So McLaren's way is a nice change, in contrast to the cold calculations of Red Bull and Ferrari. I'm not saying is the better way but is just nice and brave and I do admire it.


September 19, 2013 8:55 AM

True words Firestorm, Mclaren should be given credit for their policy on young drivers, 2007 was the best introduction to F1 as far as a young driver maybe ever and if these two up and coming drivers do get there chance lets hope if they are half as successful as the 2007 young driver then they will cement their place in the team.

Think Perez may be more of a challenge for JB next year and he has youth on his side.


September 19, 2013 11:30 AM
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2006 was even better. A certain young German has gone on to win 3 (and probably 4 by the end of the season) WDCs. He also had to earn his promotion to a top team and was not immediately parachuted in to a top team.

Have there been any other appearances by a McLaren young driver in a McLaren car?


September 19, 2013 12:32 PM

and no driver in their first year ever gets a #1 equal seat in a top 3 team. Except one.
Doesn't change the fact that the Red Bull young drivers program has produced a 3xWDC and next year the RBR drivers will both have come from the young drivers prog.

McLaren have only ever had one driver from their young drivers. Where are all the others?


September 19, 2013 12:59 PM


"No driver in there first year of F1 is as successful as the rookie in 2007 . whether it be Mclaren or any other team"

So I guess you've never heard of Jacques Villeneuve, Williams or 1996 then?


September 19, 2013 4:34 PM

Anyway I have to agree with mrfill and bob. McLaren isn't the best example of promoting young drivers in their cars. Williams did it when it was a top team and still does it today. Jacques Villeneuve was just one of them. They debuted Coulthard and Montoya as well, both race-winners with them and took a young Damon Hill in their drivers program. Yes, Hill first raced with Brabham but just a few races and then he was bravely promoted to Williams alongside Alain Prost.

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