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Teenagers are too young for F1 - Sutil

ESPN Staff
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Adrian Sutil: "They are kids and you need to be a grown up man here in Formula One" © Getty Images

Force India driver Adrian Sutil has warned that letting teenagers loose in Formula One with minimal experience could be dangerous for other drivers on track.

Russian teenagers Daniil Kvyat and Sergey Sirotkin are both set to make the step up to Formula One next year for Toro Rosso and Sauber respectively. Both will still be under the age of 20 when they make their debut and Kvyat is making the jump from GP3 to F1, missing out the usual GP2 or Formula Renault 3.5 stepping stone.

Sutil, who is now one of the older drivers on the grid at 30 years of age, believes it could be dangerous to let the rookies loose next year.

"It's not easy to drive a car like this, and at 17 what do you have? Maybe GP3 experience and then what?

"So, yes, I think it's probably dangerous for everyone because it's the fastest car in the world and they are not easy to handle. Especially with these tyres it is very technical and you need to know how they work. Sometimes they don't have grip and they grain.

"There is a certain age and a certain experience you need to drive a Formula One car and this is important."

Sutil said it could also be detrimental for their own careers as they try to do too much too young.

"Yes, I think it's far too early [for them]. They are kids and you need to be a grown up man here in Formula One. It's a tough business and it's sometimes a shame because I think you burn a good talent too early. There is no reason to put drivers in so early, but of course we have a Russian Grand Prix next year and it would be nice to have a Russian driver.

"Let's see, maybe I'm wrong and they perform even better than I do. But at 17 or 19 it's a big risk and it's not necessary, especially with all these new engines and new regulations."