Best features of 2012: F1's talent logjam

Best features of 2012: F1's talent logjam

As 2012 draws to a close, AUTOSPORT revisits some of the year's top features... Marcus Simmons wonders whether modern Formula 1 drivers' longer careers are healthy for the sport as young drivers queue up on the sidelines

Best features of 2012: In this column from January, Marcus Simmons looked back at the turnover of Formula 1 talent in the 1970s compared to the present day...

YouTube is a horrendous timewaster; a couple of weeks ago I found myself watching footage, on a whim, of the 1975 British Grand Prix – the first Silverstone round of the world championship I attended as a young lad.

While watching it I realised that, barring Mario Andretti, not one of the 26 qualifiers for the race had been in Formula 1 for more than five years and two months. And Andretti's participation since 1968 had only been intermittent.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just