Robin Frijns and Other Young Drivers Who Deserve a Shot at Formula 1

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Robin Frijns and Other Young Drivers Who Deserve a Shot at Formula 1
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Robin Frijns, Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Nasr.

Whether or not you've heard those names before will depend on how closely you follow motorsport. But fast forward five years into the future, and there's a good chance they'll be known the world over.

The three currently drive in either GP2 or Formula Renault 3.5 (FR3.5). Those are the two main "feeder series" to Formula One, each playing host to upwards of 30 young drivers every year.

Anyone who gets that far is a good driver.

Sadly for most of them, there's a fine line between being good and being good enough.

Spotting the difference is hard, not least because the single-chassis formulae aren't the level playing fields they might appear to be. Money talks all the way down the lowest level of karting, and a good team can be the difference between first and 21st.

But eventually the cream tends to rise to the top, and a select few drivers prove their talent and emerge as real contenders for the lower-league titles.

From them, a still smaller number will stand out further as having F1 potential.

Using the holy trinity of observation, racing record and gut feeling, I've picked out the five young drivers who most deserve a shot at F1.

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