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Toro Rosso's choice of GP3 star Daniil Kvyat has changed the rules about headhunting for the next generation of F1 drivers, as McLaren look their own "mouth watering prospects for the future."

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mrfill

October 23, 2013 11:38 AM

This character is starting in very much the same way and same age as Vettel and Alonso did, so its not exactly new ground. He is certainly a known quantity and may do very well. Only time will tell.
I doubt the decision is based on a cash basis. STR get the pick of the RB young drivers, all whom are there on talent.

EdOz

October 23, 2013 1:31 PM

No rules were changed at all... this has happened many times before but for every 20 times they do that, you get 'maybe' one driver that actually delivers from the word go.

The rest struggles and then burn out either 'cause they simply weren't ready or 'cause they had more money than talent.

Snaproll

October 23, 2013 1:51 PM

Didn't Jensen come from F3 among others, don't know where this is a games/rules changer, a lot of F1 talent came straight from F3. This also leaves de Costa to go elsewhere. Sounds strange that McLaren says something but their own lead driver comes direct from GP3

richard

October 23, 2013 2:28 PM

one thing that is being overlooked is th fact that he is also competing in f3, where he has six poles including in the wet.
but whilst saying that, it does make a mockery of the attempt by fia to make gp2 the feeder series to f1. in reality, if a talent is spotted in a lower formula, there should be a requirement that at least one year is run in gp2, so as to give the driver experience of the full race weekend and of the gp tracks

sodesu

October 23, 2013 3:32 PM

Yeah it's become really youth obsessed lately, it's like by the time a driver has reached GP2 the F1 world is already getting tired of them. Everyone is so obsessed with finding the next Vettel or the next Kimi that they forget what's right under their noses. Sometimes this'll ruin careers too, most notably in the case of Alguersuari recently. Besides, the competition should be much tougher in GP2 so I'd say being a front runner in GP2 can demand more of a driver than to dominate F3 or Formula Renault completely, especially now that GP2 has so many experienced drivers who's been there for many seasons...

Taz

October 23, 2013 3:56 PM

@richard

Your spot on but unfortunately the sport is so driven by money if people come along waving a bag of money then all is well.

I suppose Kimi came straight in from a lower formula but that was more the exception back then wasn't it?

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