Anyways, I’ll try to explain it and why I once again post a similar question in TNF.
My reasoning 2 years ago
I’ve always been a fan of Jos Verstappen and when he had so much trouble finding a seat I thought:”Well…, if the drivers in F1 are the fastest in the world why don’t you go back to a lower Formula (or any open wheel series) and prove that you deserve to be in F1 . Must be better than sitting at home looking at the fax. And if you fail you don’t belong in F1 in the first place.”
(a rational thougth, right?)
After the thread in RC I discoverd the following things. I’ll use a few quotes from that time to illustrate
Originally posted by karlth
They have nothing to gain by going to F3000 or CART where the cars are nearly identical and they'd most likely get spanked in their rookie year. The odds of a test driver moving up into a race seat are far greater than for a rival series race driver.
Originally posted by stevew
I always thought that a driver's career goals were to make it to the top. Once they're there and go back to the "minors", their career has started sliding backwards and they'll never get back. I know there have been exceptions.
Originally posted by garagiste
Zmeej has it right, Moving to a lower formula is akin to admitting that you're not good enough for F1.
Originally posted by Brian O Flaherty
To alter a popular adage
It is better to be thought of as a good driver, than to go to F3000 and prove them all wrong.
So my (naive) reasoning once again was...
Originally posted by Shiftin
Well, your statments bring me to a dilemma. All of the time I read that the 22 best (formula) drivers of the world are in F1. So why would it be a problem for them to go to a lower formula (as Karlth said, driving nearly identical cars). Winning should be a "walk in the park" for one of the best 22 drivers in the world in a identical car.
So those were a few answers two years ago and although I think it sucked, I "understand", it's just the way it is now..... but the best drivers are not in F1, I gue$$... However, this reply, convinced me to post the question here
Originally posted by 911
I think your question is very valid because back in the 60s that's what some drivers did to keep their name in the spotlight if their F1 season wasn't going very well.
I know Jackie Stewart did this in 1967. He did F2 and still did well there while his F1 season wasn't on par. In fact, many F1 drivers did F2 back in those days. The only series that I see drivers doing this today is NASCAR with some Winston Cup guys doing Busch races.
However, today's environment probably doesn't allow for drivers to do that. Why is that? I really couldn't tell you, but it's definitely not a practice that drivers are willing to do or sacrifice. I think it would also help if today's F3000 series was viewed as THE definitive last stepping stone before F1. It seems as if drivers are being taken from many series to get into F1 - F3, Formula Renault & F3000, etc.
So my questions to all you people is...
1) Do you know more examples of drivers who had the guts to do this. Did it work or not?
2) When in the history of OWR did they stop doing this and what do you think was the reason?
Could it be arrogance? Money..? Or is it that in the old days it was easier for a talented driver to impress? Or...... and I am afraid this might be an answer from many.... Talent just isn't enough to drive in F1 anymore.... (though I soooooo hope I am wrong... )
I'm curious and very interested in answers from you....