5 Promising Young Drivers Who Were Denied a Proper Chance in Formula 1

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5 Promising Young Drivers Who Were Denied a Proper Chance in Formula 1
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As a three-time world champion at the age of 31, Lewis Hamilton is living proof of what can happen when Formula One teams place their faith in young drivers.

Placed alongside two-time world champion Fernando Alonso at the age of 22, Hamilton immediately repaid McLaren's trust by coming within a point of becoming the first-ever rookie champion in 2007.

Hamilton made up for his near-miss by winning the title by the same margin the following season and, after enduring a few lean years, he now stands alongside the most triumphant drivers in the sport's history as a three-time world champion.

Success stories like those of Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the four-time title winner, have become commonplace in recent years as F1 teams place an emphasis on homegrown talent.

But there are plenty of promising young drivers who failed to realise their potential due to reasons including mismanagement, mere misfortune and shortage of sponsorship funds.

As Hamilton and Vettel prepare to go head-to-head for the 2016 championship, here are five drivers who were denied a proper chance in F1; from those who disappeared after one or two seasons—such as former McLaren star Kevin Magnussen, above—to those who never made a grand prix appearance.

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