In the round-up: GP3 championship runner-up Dean Stoneman welcomes the new superlicence points system as it will stop drivers bypassing championships like GP2 on their way to F1, as Max Verstappen has done.
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"It's not unfair because he is obviously good, but jumping so many levels in one go isn't right. He should be given an F1 contract but told to do a couple of years in GP3 or GP2 before graduating to build your way up."
"Having been to a few of the undercard race series, I am not sure the actual points are how I would lay them out. Some of those championships deserve more than they have been given."
"I think after a year of experience we know what you need from these power units and how to operate them. Of course it will be subtly different with the Mercedes, but we’ll be in a better position than we were a year ago."
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Pole sitter Jean-Pierre Jarier failed to take the start after suffering a failure on the formation lap: