Young driver programs are nothing new really though are they? The French influx in the late 70's early 80's were pushed through by Elf. BP used to run something to promote British driving talent. Frentzen, Schumacher and Wendlinger were all products of a Mercedes driver academy when Merc didn't even have an F1 team.
Drivers make it to F1 through a variety of routes. Some deserve to be there on merit, others buy or have their way in bought for them and these are often found out. There have also been many sensational drivers who, almost certainly, would have been exceptional either in F1 or in a competitive F1 seat. And we can, of course, spend many happy hours arguing how Marco Ardigo was the greatest driver of all time.
interesting development i was reading apparently everyone thought zhou was like stevie wonder. signed sealed & delivered. because F1 teams love a pay driver specially if he is bringing £25m. but from rumours i was reading & this is all my interpretation
fred vasseur was angry at at potentially zhou arrogance that zhou thought because he is bringing the money. he gets to call the shots & demanding 2yr/3yr contract (depending what you read) & of course they only want 1 season contract. so oscar piastri the guy who looks likely to follow in footsteps of Leclerc & Russell in recent years & historically Hamilton & Hulkenberg to win GP3/F3, GP2/F2 in consecutive years
which is a good thing for F1 as i said that final spot in a perfect world should go the F2 champion
<p>Guanyu Zhou may have smashed his own windows at Alfa Romeo. The Chinese driver seemed to be the top candidate for the last seat at Alfa Romeo, but high contract demands would ensure that Frederic Vasseur would also talk to Oscar Piastri.</p>
I should add I wonder if BMW want to do F1 again if the regulations change about the engines as VW look like they will jump with Red Bull then there is possibility of both Williams and Mclaren teaming up with a VW brand
Back to BMW - the only thing major in motorsport they have are DTM and World Superbikes I would not call them trying to market their brand globally. The I series models was a perfect tie in Formula E but not sure now
The timing of both Audi (VW) and BMW announcing withdrawing from FE in late 2020 - is there a connection ?