What is the best route into F1?

What is the best route into F1?

With some champions from the top junior series struggling to land drives, EDD STRAW finds out from key figures in the F1 paddock about what young drivers need to do to make the step up

The question of how drivers advance to Formula 1 has never been more contentious. In recent weeks, Red Bull's decision to promote 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat to a Toro Rosso seat has led to criticism that he is under-prepared, while newly-crowned GP2 champion Fabio Leimer is likely to find only a third-driver role at best.

While GP2 has a good record of producing grand prix drivers, with half of the current grid graduates, Leimer would be the second successive champion not to make a direct step up after Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi.

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