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Why Mercedes' new junior doesn't see himself as the next Russell

The Mercedes junior programme has a phenomenal conversion rate when it comes to graduates reaching F1. Its latest signing has the attributes needed for success, but Frederik Vesti is his own man and doesn't want to be compared with his predecessors

On the current Formula 1 grid, there are four distinct approaches towards developing the next generation of grand prix drivers through junior programmes.

Red Bull has the longest-running and perhaps best-known junior programme, taking a wide net approach. It has helped launched the careers of over one-quarter of the 2021 grid, but also has an incredibly high turnover rate that means very few drivers make it right the way to a Red Bull F1 seat.

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