Free practice soon reserved for young drivers?


The leaders of Formula 1 are considering the idea of ​​imposing the young drivers during the free practice sessions of each Grand Prix. A way to help young people get used to and discover Formula 1 cars in real condition.

Getting into the deep end of Formula 1 is more and more complex. In a sport where only the twenty best drivers in the world compete for the world champion’s trophy, it is difficult to find a place when you are young. And despite the support of the sponsors and the good performances, it sometimes takes a little luck to be recruited by a team. But things might change for the new generation of pilots. Indeed, Formula 1 is thinking about ensuring that each young driver from the parent teams of F1 can compete in the free practice sessions of each Grand Prix. Thus, Callum Ilott, Guanyu Zhou or even Théo Pourchaire could meet every weekend at the wheel of a Formula 1 and thus integrate as well as possible into the team on which they depend if it needs them in the event of a emergency or even to test the tires or the car.

The future of young people highlighted

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza that he wanted to see the young drivers in real life and not just on the simulator, where they train most of the time. For him, this possibility of seeing the young people during free practice and not the titular pilots would make it possible to give a little more spice to the races.  » This will give the teams less time to test things in preparation for the race, making the race even more exciting. This possible change will be discussed at the next F1 commission in October.  » It would also give young people the opportunity to test themselves in a dynamic and competitive context. We are discussing this because it is important for all the supply of F1“, Continues Domenicali. A godsend for the new generation if that happens, but a lack of time and experience on each circuit for the incumbents keen to exploit every minute.


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