Schmidt's F1 blog: Away with the youngsters

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P in principle it is a step in the right direction. In the future, it will be more difficult to issue a super license for participation in Formula 1 races. 17-year-olds have lost nothing in the premier class, even if they are an exceptional talent like Max Verstappen. If it is possible to move up to the highest category after just one Formula 3 season, that devalues ​​the junior classes. This will apply from 2016. Verstappen was lucky again.

Super license points only for FIA series

The FIA ​​not only sets the minimum age and the number of years of apprenticeship in the junior formulas firmly. In future, a super license will only be given to candidates who achieve a certain number of points, which is measured by success in the individual series. These are weighted: The Formula 2 series, which doesn't even exist yet, is worth more than the Renault world series.

In principle, it is also correct. I would have even gone one step further and would only have rewarded one way up. Through the FIA ​​classes Formula 4, Formula 3 and Formula 2. Plus IndyCar and the LMP1 World Championship sports prototypes, because the cars used there come closest to the performance of Formula 1. And because an American driver is more likely to be recruited from the IndyCar series than from the European championships. There should be no points at all for privately held series such as Formula Renault, GP2 or the Japanese Super Formula.

Injustice, they say. Why? In football, clubs cannot qualify for the Bundesliga through the back door. One of the biggest problems in motorsport is the proliferation of series. Nobody knows their way around anymore. Instead of channeling the already scarce sponsorship money into the official junior classes, the money wanders around in many series without much equivalent. And the sponsors lose the desire to continue investing in the sport.

Young riders avoid each other

The talents avoid each other because it makes it easier for them to win. One drives GP2, the other Renault World Series. Same game one category below in Formula 3 and GP3. In the end, you never know who the best young drivers are. Carlos Sainz junior, who won the Renault World Series ahead of Pierre Gasly and Roberto Merhi, or the GP2 stars Jolyon Palmer, Stoffel Vandoorne and Raffaele Marciello? Because the FIA ​​racing series is not easycan forbid, the only option is to use a clear ladder system. That dries up the swamp step by step.

We have had better in the past. At the end of the 60s and beginning of the 70s, Formula 1 drivers still took part in the races for the Formula 2 European Championship. There the talents could compete in a direct duel against Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart or Jochen Rindt. So you knew exactly who had what it takes to be a Formula 1 driver.


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