The new emerging talents arriving into Formula 1 next year should make the racing more ‘fun’ believes Carlos Sainz Jr. and Valtteri Bottas.
FIA Formula 2 stars George Russell and Lando Norris will make the leap into F1 next year, with Alexander Albon‘s potential seat to race at Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda still waiting to be confirmed.
Veteran Fernando Alonso and team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne will leave the sport next year, allowing Norris to join the team alongside Sainz at the McLaren F1 Team. Esteban Ocon could be forced to sit on the sidelines for a year if he fails to find a seat for 2019, whilst Daniil Kvyat will make a return to F1 after a year away from the sport.
Ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Sainz told Motorsport.com that next year’s quality of drivers entering F1 should make races more fun to take part in.
“I think the quality of the grid will be as high as ever, first of all,” said Sainz.
“The amount of talent that has arrived to Formula 1 nowadays is incredible, but especially how prepared nowadays rookies are.
“When I arrived to Formula 1 I felt ready. Since lap one in Australia I think I was P5 in practice one already, in Australia on a track that I didn’t know. Nowadays, thanks to simulators, thanks to the tests, FP1s, that you can get, you arrive to Australia feeling pretty much ready for it. And then it’s a matter of gaining experience.
“That is why I think the level in Formula 1 next year is going to be as high as ever. Lando, George, Max, Esteban hopefully if he manages to get a seat, myself, Kvyat back, you have a lot of talent. You will have fun watching the races.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s Valtteri Bottas followed up with Sainz’s statement, agreeing the Spaniard about the upcoming rookies.
Bottas won the 2011 GP3 Series before taking a year break from racing to observe on the sidelines with Williams Martini Racing, eventually earning a drive with the team in 2013.
The Finn believes the quality of talent coming through the ranks to F1 is good and says its nice to see rookies perform well in their first year in the sport.
“The quality is good. I think there’s still the best drivers in the world,” added Bottas “And it is always nice to see young racers coming in and very keen to prove themselves in their rookie year.
“Many teams have seemed to give some proper opportunities for young drivers to prove themselves and many drivers have been able to take those opportunities” said Bottas.
“Maybe that has encouraged some other teams to do that as well, which I think is good.
“For sure that has changed a bit since I joined. But it’s nice to see teams giving opportunities to young ones.”