Why F1 needs more junior works teams
Ferrari may tie up with Sauber, Red Bull has Toro Rosso, and Mercedes flirts with junior-driver deployment through customer teams. Embracing a more organised series of alliances would help F1 blood the best young talent much more effectively
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne recently revealed the company's Formula 1 team is considering turning Sauber into its junior team so that it can become a proving ground for members of Ferrari's young driver programme.
In Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi, Marchionne feels he has two "exceptional" drivers who need to gain F1 race experience soon (and who, indeed, might start looking elsewhere if they don't get such an opportunity). But while Leclerc is showing his talent in Formula 2 by dominating the championship and Giovinazzi is gaining Friday mileage with Haas after stepping in for Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber for a couple of races earlier this year, Ferrari does not want to catapult either straight into a Ferrari cockpit.
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