Personally I am not a fan of their approach to finding talent, they seem to have very little interest in actually developing of alot of these young guys and just use them as a promotional tool that fits their "look" before ditching them the moment they fail to meet expectations, meaning the young driver has very little chance to find an alternative form of funding, before replacing them with another young driver who has shown the slightest bit of talent and fits their "look", this seems to go in circles hiring and firing with very little thought to the driver who has been dropped. Brendan Hartley is one case in point, after having a bad start to his WSR programme last season he was dropped without warning mid season, meaning he was left without a drive and struggling to find funding for 2011, sure i understand that motorsport is ruthless but would it not of hurt them to say, look Brendon your not hitting your targets and at the end of the year we'll be letting you go, rather than just dropping him there and then. Jaime Alguersuari was promoted through the junior formula way to quickly, and was thrown in at the deep end in F1 and now he is not doing quite as well as his more experienced team mate he looks set to be dropped.
My point is do they really have a interest in developing young talent or do they just see them as another way to sell more drinks? or is it that they are just lazy and don't really want to be in it for the long haul with the young drivers? put it this way, here is a list of the drivers, current and former, who have been in the young driver programme since 2005, thats 31 drivers in less than 6 years.
Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Jean Karl Vernay
Edited by olliek88, 29 May 2011 - 19:11.