Earlier this month it was confirmed that from next season it will be mandatory for teams to field rookies / young riders on Fridays during Grand Prix weekends, although the exact number number of training outputs remains to be defined.
Under current regulations, teams can have junior drivers participate in Friday practice, with several teams seizing the opportunity in recent seasons.
However, the new initiative for 2022 will offer junior drivers increased track time in F1 during a race weekend, which could help develop new talent and increase the attractiveness of reserve driver roles in the races. teams.
Second-year F2 driver Shwartzman is eager to land a reserve position at Ferrari next year, with his hopes of securing the last vacant F1 seat at Alfa Romeo now dwindling.
The Russian, who has made several rides on Ferrari F1 machines this year, believes teams could benefit from new information that novice drivers can offer teams. He also hopes the program will increase the chances of junior drivers moving to F1 in the future.
“It’s really good that the rookies can have the opportunity [to drive an F1 car] because it’s something special, and it could be interesting for the teams, because in my opinion, a rookie or a new driver can bring something new to the team and maybe some new information that they can use for the future, ”Shwartzman said.
“I really hope it works out well and that the F1 teams enjoy it and the drivers.
“I hope this will be handled well on both sides, and maybe for some drivers the team could see them as a potential F1 driver.”
George Russell made his FP1 debut with Force India at the 2017 Brazilian GP
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Asked about his chances of landing a reserve driver at Ferrari next year, he added: “It’s not for me to decide.
“I will try to do the best I can and prove to Ferrari that I am worthy to be with them and I hope they see it.
“For my part, I have to focus more on F2 and if I want to have the chance to get the third seat I would be very happy and very happy.
“It will be extra motivation for me, because it’s obviously something that will require me to do some race simulations to prepare myself just in case there is a chance that I will get into F1 at some point.
“I have to be 100% ready for this chance, because it’s not really a high percentage of it.”
While Shwartzman believes F1 teams will benefit from the new FP1 rookie driver program next year, fellow F2 driver Felipe Drugovich hopes the initiative will help highlight the teams’ future talents and help drivers who have not been able to show their potential in the junior categories.
“It really helps, first of all to have more mileage in F1, but also my first mileage in F1 because I haven’t driven in F1 yet,” said the Brazilian.
Felipe Drugovich, Uni-Virtuosi Enzo Fittipaldi, Charouz Racing System
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“A lot of teams don’t know what some drivers can do and if they can be fast enough, and as soon as they put those drivers in the cars, they can see they can be fast.
“I think that will happen with some people and it obviously becomes a chance for the drivers who cannot show their speed in any other way in the F2 championship, so that they can express it directly in a team.
“It’s a good opportunity and I hope I can have some next year.”