The ‘Lost nations’ series which appeared on this site last week started a lot of debate over which young racers of today are the F1 winners of tomorrow.
Which drivers in the lower leagues will be fighting Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for F1 wins in the future? Here are some names to keep an eye on.
Renault Development Driver who won the F3 Euroseries in 2007, past winners of which include Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. He claimed the inaugural GP2 Asia championship as well, but the main series was won by Giorgio Pantano, who doesn’t look likely to be picked up by any F1 teams.
Grosjean’s first season in the GP2 main series last year didn’t go entirely to plan – he was stripped of two wins due to driving infringements. He’s clearly got massive potential, however, and if Nelson Piquet Jnr’s driving isn’t up to scratch in 2009 Grosjean is surely the front runner to replace him, especially thanks to his Swiss-French nationality.
Up-and-coming driver from New Zealand. I’m kicking myself for not including in the ‘Lost Nations’ article about his home country. Happily Andy from BritsOnPole put me right in the comments:
Don’t forget Bamber’s double A1GP podium in the rain at Zandvoort when the cars were still so new and unfamiliar you could practically see the bubble-wrap flying off them as they cornered…
Bamber’s performance in GP2 Asia at Shanghai also stood out, as he picked off rivals around the outside of the first turn on the opening lap.
Spanish racer who won the British F3 championship last year against stiff competition from Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey. This year he is racing in World Series by Renault, which hais father (Jaime Alguersuari Snr) was involved in setting up when he was the president of RPM Racing. The younger Alguersuari is paired with Turvey at Carlin once again.
Young, talented and backed by Red Bull (who he’s already tested for) Alguersuari has ‘future F1 driver’ written all over him.
Paul di Resta
Is he quick enough? He beat Sebastian Vettel to the 2006 F3 Euroseries championship, so I’m inclined to say yes. But will he ever get back to single-seaters after two years in the DTM? Hard to say, though it’s definitely what he wants to do.
Widely tipped to get a Force India seat via his Mercedes backers, but a year in GP2 might happen first. Definitely the driver most likely to succeed Lewis Hamilton as Britain’s newest F1 racer.
There are loads of other drivers who could be on this list. Which drivers not in F1 at the moment do you think will be winning Grands Prix in the future?
F1′s lost nations
- Formula 1’s lost nations: New Zealand
- Formula 1’s lost nations: Austria
- Formula 1’s lost nations: South Africa
- Formula 1’s lost nations: Canada
- Formula 1’s lost nations: Argentina
- Formula 1’s lost nations: USA
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