Daniil Kvyat, who is just 19-years-old, will make his F1 debut for Toro Rosso next year and Sergey Sirotkin looks set to step up to motorsport’s pinnacle for Sauber in 2014. The Russian driver will be five months shy of his 19th birthday if he lines up on the grid in Australia next March.
Kvyat will make the jump from GP3 to F1, missing out the usual stint in GP2 or Formula Renault 3.5. Sutil believes they are too young to compete in the sport and don’t have enough experience handling Formula 1 machinery.
Speaking to ESPN he said: “It’s not easy to drive a car like this, and at 17 what do you have? Maybe GP3 experience and then what? So, yes, I think it’s probably dangerous for everyone because it’s the fastest car in the world and they are not easy to handle. Especially with these tyres it is very technical and you need to know how they work. Sometimes they don’t have grip and they grain.
“There is a certain age and a certain experience you need to drive a Formula One car and this is important.”
The 30-year-old feels it is a risk for teams to bring such young drivers into the sport, which could potentially harm their careers: “Yes, I think it’s far too early [for them]. They are kids and you need to be a grown up man here in Formula One. It’s a tough business and it’s sometimes a shame because I think you burn a good talent too early. There is no reason to put drivers in so early, but of course we have a Russian Grand Prix next year and it would be nice to have a Russian driver.
“Let’s see, maybe I’m wrong and they perform even better than I do. But at 17 or 19 it’s a big risk and it’s not necessary, especially with all these new engines and new regulations.”
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