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.
Conversely, Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen has got the nod from McLaren to replace Sergio Perez in a 2014 race seat.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.