Formula 1 | Mercedes expects to see F1 offer more opportunities for young drivers in the future

This season, Formula 1 wants to do more for young drivers and teams will therefore be required to run a rookie driver twice in a Free Practice 1 session of their choice.

As a reminder, a driver is considered a beginner if he has two starts or less to his name in F1.

No team has yet made an announcement on this subject, which may seem logical as we are at the start of the season and the starters have yet to fully understand their new car.

On the Mercedes F1 side, sporting director Ron Meadows hailed F1’s willingness to do more to help young drivers become familiar with the elite of motorsport and expects such initiatives will intensify in the years to come.

« I think it’s a great idea and will be expanded in the years to come, » Meadows said.

« It gives these guys the opportunity to race the current cars against opposition, rather than having a test just for young drivers where teams usually test parts. »

This season, Mercedes F1 could run Nyck de Vries, the reigning Formula E world champion, as well as Frederik Vesti who currently drives in F2.

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