Who We Want To See Get FP1 Outings In F1 This Season – WTF1
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Who We Want To See Get FP1 Outings In F1 This Season

If you’re a fan of seeing fresh talent getting a shot behind the wheel of an F1 car, you’ll love the new rule F1 introduced at the start of 2022. The new regulation applies to all teams on the grid and states that “rookies” must take part in an FP1 session on at least two occasions this year.

The rules define a rookie as someone who hasn’t taken part in more than two F1 races in their career, so Fernando Alonso can’t be convincing us he’s a rookie again as he did for the 2020 Abu Dhabi young driver test 😂

After Williams confirmed that Formula E champion Nyck de Vries would make his F1 weekend debut in Spain later this week, the WTF1 gang wanted to share their ideal choices for the other FP1 slots throughout the season.

COLTON HERTA

Chosen by Cambridge Kisby, Editorial Assistant

When Mario Andretti likens you to a blend of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, you know you’re on the right track. Colton ‘Hooligan’ Herta has pretty much-done everything he can to convince people that he deserves a shot in F1.

From winning the recent Indy GP to battling against Lando Norris in junior categories, his quick hands and unbelievable car control enable him to stay on track and win races – which is more than can be said about some of the current F1 field…

He’s currently got an F1 test lined up in one of McLaren’s 2021 cars, but could an FP1 session be on the horizon?

JAMIE CHADWICK

Chosen by Katy Fairman, Editor

Having dominated and won the first two seasons of W Series, Jamie Chadwick needs that next golden opportunity that her racing record deserves.

She’s been a part of the Williams’ Driver Academy since 2019, being of great help in her Development Driver role, and it’s about time that hard work and dedication were properly rewarded.

Irrespective of the fact that she’d be the first woman to participate in an F1 weekend since Susie Wolff at the 2015 British Grand Prix, it would also be a great example that there are other routes into F1 other than the conventional F3 to F2 journey.

THEO POURCHAIRE

Chosen by Tom Bellingham, Founder

Currently leading the F2 championship at just 18 years old, Théo Pourchaire is, for me, far and away, the standout driver in the F1 junior series right now.

Finishing just three points shy of Oscar Piastri in the 2020 FIA Formula 3 championship, he moved to F2 in 2021 and brilliantly won the Monaco feature race to become the series’ youngest ever winner at just 17.

As an Alfa Romeo junior it’s likely we’ll see him take part in FP1 this year alongside Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu, and it’ll be fascinating to see how he stacks up.

Who do you want to see get an FP1 outing? Let us know in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “Who We Want To See Get FP1 Outings In F1 This Season

  • ฬ๏ยtєг 🇺🇦 says:

    I would say Oscar Piastri, but to be fair we should not only be seeing him in FP1, but also FP2, FP 3, Qualifying and the races. That guy deserves a permanent F1 seat. Other than that, I agree with Katy. With her performances in the W-series, Jamie Chadwick deserves a Test/FP session in an F1 car and also a seat in F3. I think they should make that a standard thing for the champion in the W-series.

    • They need 25 Super license points over three years to qualify for a Free Practice Only Super license. Jaimie’s championshi wins in W series are worth 15 points each.
      Pourchaire’s second place in F3 earned him 25 points and he got another 20 points for finishing fifth in F2 last year.
      Colton Herta has a fifth place finish (8pts 2021), and a third place finish (20pts, 2020).

      So they’re all fine.

      • Formula Tilke says:

        Herta is actually eligible for a super license as he has the required 40 points, believe it or not! 12 from 2018 IndyLights, 20 from 2020 Indycar, and 8 from 2021 Indycar.

        • Roxanne Lyson says:

          Sorry, but that’s not correct. First, the 2018 Indy Lights season did not have enough competitors to meet SL requirements (if it did, Pato would still be with Red Bull). Second, 2018 is past the window. It’s 2019, 2020 and 2021 right now.

      • Roxanne Lyson says:

        Jamie only has 15 points from the W series. Points weren’t awarded the 1st season. Also, she can’t earn points this year either. Rules don’t allow a previous winner to take points again. But, she did get 10 points for her 4th place in the F3 Asian series. That’s how she qualifies for the FP license.

  • Diego Gomez says:

    How do you not include Pato in this? He has always been better than Herta. Beat him as teammates in Indy lights and has been outperforming him the last couple years in Indycar. He is also the most popular Indycar driver besides Grosjean. It’s a no brainer to me. The only thing Herta has going for him is his dad being friends with the Andrettis. Obviously he’s the fastest driver on pure pace, but he makes too many mistakes. That’s just my opinion tho.

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