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Top 3 under-25 drivers in F1 right now

rehaan díaz
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351   //    17 Jan 2019, 17:56 IST

Sainz and Verstappen once formed a formidable rookie team
Sainz and Verstappen once formed a formidable rookie team

A few generations earlier, not only was it hard to break into F1, a driver had to clock in a lot of miles on circuits in the junior categories before they were considered fit and fast enough to drive the mean machines in the pinnacle of motorsport. Now, with more opportunities and simulator exercises, drivers are a lot more prepared and at a much younger age.

This has naturally resulted in drivers barely out of their teens having enough Super Licence points to make their F1 debuts. By the time they are 25, they have a potential to be seasoned campaigners with plenty of Grands Prix under their belt. The talented now seem to shine younger and brighter than before owing to this precociousness.

Here follows the list of the most talented under-25 drivers currently driving in Formula 1. It is a year of reckoning for all 3 - with a challenge different than the other. One with a new team, other with a new engine, the third with a new teammate - a world champion no less.

#3 Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain)

Sainz at a press conference at Hungarian GP 2017
Sainz at a press conference at Hungarian GP 2017

The McLaren bound Spaniard is 24 and is the oldest of the three, but has not had machinery to compete for podiums yet. However, in the first two seasons at Toro Rosso, he evenly matched Max Verstappen. He has started in 81 races across 4 seasons till date.

Sainz is clearly a talented driver who now finally has a chance to lead a team and build it around him. He is likely to struggle down the grid as compared to the two drivers ahead in the list though because of his machinery. It is a huge challenge to haul a squad like a struggling McLaren, if not the task of replacing his idol and F1 gold standard Fernando Alonso. Sainz however, is a winner like his champion rally driver dad Carlos Sainz Sr.

*All drivers featured are under 25 as of January 17, 2019.

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