Max Verstappen and 5 Phenomenal Young Talents on Track to Formula 1

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Max Verstappen and 5 Phenomenal Young Talents on Track to Formula 1
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Max Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso in 2015. In the process he will become the youngest driver in Formula One history, and the 14th graduate from the Red Bull Junior Team to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.

He isn't the only youngster who'll be making a splash in years to come.

All the top teams have driver-development programs of some description. McLaren's produced Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen, while Ferrari can be thanked for Sergio Perez and Jules Bianchi.

Williams brought Valtteri Bottas through and Mercedes had a hand in Paul di Resta's rise.

Those same programmes, and others, are now filled with a new crop of promising youngsters, all hoping to follow Verstappen into F1.

Here are some of the bestone from each of the three main young-driver programs, and three who are officially unattached.

 

I examined this topic last year, and featured names such as Stoffel Vandoorne, Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Nasr.

Some of those drivers will be revisitedothers are fresh on the scene.

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