Merc needs prin­ci­ples

Motor Sport News - - Interview: Chris Haird -

You have to ask, what with all the spec­u­la­tion over who is go­ing to drive along­side Lewis Hamil­ton at Mercedes next sea­son, what ex­actly is the point of a young driver pro­gramme?

If Pas­cal Wehrlein doesn’t get the gig, then what will be his fu­ture? Where will he end up? And will it mean that Esteban Ocon is parked in lower-ranked F1 teams un­til Hamil­ton de­cides to move on?

Clearly Wehrlein is tal­ented but a bit green. But if Merc be­lieve in their scout­ing and re­cruit­ing sys­tem then surely it is a no-brainer.

Look at what Red Bull did with Max Ver­stap­pen – they didn’t leave him fes­ter­ing at the back of the grid. They took the bull by the horns (sorry about that).

And look at the re­sults that pro­vided.

So come on Toto Wolff – give the young­sters a chance.

MN,

to run the fi­nal two 20-mile stages. Sim­ple! Jim Aitken Via email

De­cem­ber 7

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