Debate: Youth vs experience

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rubens Barrichello, Honda, Nurburgring, 2007, 2 | HondaRacingF1.comWith attention turning to the driver market for 2008, several of F1’s seasoned campaigners have already bagged contract extensions.

Rubens Barrichello will stay with Honda – and should surpass Riccardo Patrese’s record number of career starts (256) early next year).

David Coulthard is set for a fourth year at Red Bull – when many had written his career off after he left McLaren in 2004 – and Giancarlo Fisichella is expected to stay at Renault.

But should these old hands make way for emerging talents like Sebastian Vettel?

There’s plenty of talent bubbling under the F1 surface. But with only 22 seats to go around – and some teams forced to opt for wallet size over ability – some of the top young drivers aren’t getting a shot.

Like last year’s F3 Euroseries champion Paul di Resta. He beat Vettel to the title, but is now chugging around in the DTM in a two year-old Mercedes C Class.

Like Timo Glock, the impressive German who drove for Jordan three years ago but has had to return to GP2 while waiting for another crack at F1.

And like Robert Doornbos and Neel Jani, who have turned to the Champ Car World Series because F1 is full up.

Should some of F1’s drivers whose best days are behind them, make way for the young talent?


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