Former F1 team principal Gian Carlo Minardi says the FIA should require teams to run one young driver in Friday practice sessions at race weekend.
Minardi, whose team introduced Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber to F1, said: “Thanks to the preparatory championships, the boys now get ready for the leap and own their young age allows him to easily adapt the methods of F1.
“But we must give them the opportunity to compete and to create a healthy competition. The results of Vettel, Kubica, di Resta and Alguersuari are under everybody’s eyes and the FIA should take account of [them]. Unlike all the work is done from the kart becomes absolutely useless.
“My recipe is very simple: to force all teams to use a young man during the first session on Friday morning.”
Some teams already use Friday practice in this way. Force India did so with Paul di Resta last year and have with Nico Hulkenberg this year.
Daniel Ricciardo regularly drove for Toro Rosso before joining HRT and Lotus have also run other drivers on Fridays.
Minardi added: “Today, some teams do so only out of necessity. Imposing it as a fixed rule on the track at the same time we could have 12 rookies (one per team).
“In this way the choices of some teams will not be dictated by the budgets brought as a dowry, but the boy from the prize list. A team that is in your hands a talent think twice before renewing the contract for a pilot at an advanced age.
“Today the average age is rising because there is no spare. The team is afraid to invest as a young man, unable to perform tests, are faced with many unknowns. At that point, the balance leans toward the experience.”
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