Sainz, Bottas say F1's incoming talent will make races 'fun' in '19

The influx of new talent into Formula 1 for 2019 will make races "fun", reckon Carlos Sainz Jr and Valtteri Bottas

Sainz, Bottas say F1's incoming talent will make races 'fun' in '19

The current top three in Formula 2 - George Russell, Alexander Albon and Lando Norris - are all likely to be on the F1 grid in 2019.

Russell and Norris have already secured places with Williams and McLaren respectively, while Albon is in line to join Toro Rosso.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso is exiting F1, at least temporarily, as is his current McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, and Force India racer Esteban Ocon also looks set to be sidelined for 2019.

Norris's 2019 McLaren team-mate Sainz reckons the level of new talent coming into F1 at present is "incredible" and that all the rookies are very well-prepared.

"I think the quality of the grid will be as high as ever, first of all," Sainz told Autosport.

"The amount of talent that has arrived to Formula 1 nowadays is incredible, but especially how prepared nowadays rookies are.

"When I arrived to Formula 1 I felt ready. Since lap one in Australia I think I was P5 in practice one already, in Australia on a track that I didn't know.

"Nowadays, thanks to simulators, thanks to the tests, FP1s, that you can get, you arrive to Australia feeling pretty much ready for it.

"And then it's a matter of gaining experience. That is why I think the level in Formula 1 next year is going to be as high as ever.

"Lando, George, Max [Verstappen], Esteban hopefully if he manages to get a seat, myself, [Daniil] Kvyat back, you have a lot of talent. You will have fun watching the races."

Mercedes driver Bottas agreed with Sainz that the changeover for 2019 was healthy.

"The quality is good. I think there's still the best drivers in the world [in F1]," he told Autosport.

"And it is always nice to see young racers coming in and very keen to prove themselves in their rookie year."

He thinks F1 teams are becoming increasingly open to giving rookies changes in race seats.

"Many teams have seemed to give some proper opportunities for young drivers to prove themselves and many drivers have been able to take those opportunities," said Bottas.

"Maybe that has encouraged some other teams to do that as well, which I think is good.

"For sure that has changed a bit since I joined. But it's nice to see teams giving opportunities to young ones."

Bottas had his first F1 tests with Williams in 2011, the year he won the GP3 title, but then spent the following season out of racing as the team's reserve before it gave him a race seat for '13.

shares
comments
Formula 1 hints British Grand Prix could move from Silverstone

Previous article

Formula 1 hints British Grand Prix could move from Silverstone

Next article

Charles Leclerc: Sauber unrecognisable compared to early-2018 shape

Charles Leclerc: Sauber unrecognisable compared to early-2018 shape
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. , Valtteri Bottas
Author Erwin Jaeggi
Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021