Best features of 2012: F1's talent logjam

Best features of 2012: F1's talent logjam

As 2012 draws to a close, AUTOSPORT revisits some of the year's top features... Marcus Simmons wonders whether modern Formula 1 drivers' longer careers are healthy for the sport as young drivers queue up on the sidelines

Best features of 2012: In this column from January, Marcus Simmons looked back at the turnover of Formula 1 talent in the 1970s compared to the present day...

YouTube is a horrendous timewaster; a couple of weeks ago I found myself watching footage, on a whim, of the 1975 British Grand Prix – the first Silverstone round of the world championship I attended as a young lad.

While watching it I realised that, barring Mario Andretti, not one of the 26 qualifiers for the race had been in Formula 1 for more than five years and two months. And Andretti's participation since 1968 had only been intermittent.

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