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Sainz and Bottas think F1's young talents will make it more "fun"

08-11-2018 18:00
by Bobby Vincent
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Sainz and Bottas think F1's young talents will make it more fun

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Renault driver Carlos Sainz believe that the rise of F1's young stars could make the sport more exciting.

With British youngsters, Lando Norris and George Russell both securing 2019 seats at McLaren and Williams, respectively, the F1 pair believe this will be a positive for the sport.

Ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix; Sainz explained to Motorsport.com that the emergence of the young stars will make it more fun for the drivers to take part in next season.

"I think the quality of the grid will be as high as ever, first of all," Sainz said. "The amount of talent that has arrived to Formula One nowadays is incredible, but especially how prepared nowadays rookies are.

"When I arrived to Formula 1 felt ready. Since lap one in Australia, I think I was in 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 One next year is going to be as high as ever. Lando, George, Max (Verstappen), Esteban (Ocon), hopefully if he manages to get a seat, myself, Kvyat back, you have a lot of talent. You will have fun watching races."

Bottas also agreed with Sainz's statement regarding young talents in Formula One: "The quality is good. I think there's still the best drivers in the world. And it is always nice to see young racers coming in and very keen to prove themselves in their rookie year.

"Many teams have seemed to give some proper opportunities for young drivers have been able to take those opportunities. Maybe that has encouraged some other teams to do that as well. For sure, that has changed a bit since I joined. But it's nice to see teams giving opportunities to young ones."

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