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Inspiring the Next Generation: A Responsibility for F1 Drivers

Empowering Young Generations: A Duty for F1 Drivers

Formula 1 drivers are not just drivers; they are also heroes or role models for many fans, especially young fans. Therefore, they have a responsibility to set a positive example.

By showcasing their talent on the track, drivers also inspire young, aspiring pilots to pursue careers in motorsport. While the vast majority may not progress beyond karting, a select few manage to climb the ranks of the sport.

Through hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix, Saudi Arabia aims to ignite passions among its youth.

So, do F1 drivers feel such a weight on their shoulders?

“As a driver? Yes!” Max Verstappen responds.

“In some countries, the history of motorsport is naturally richer. You probably grew up more immersed in this sport. Here in Saudi Arabia, we are increasingly raising awareness among young generations about racing. This largely involves education and career guidance. The more help and support experienced individuals provide, the more the passion will thrive here in Saudi Arabia. It takes time.”

“It cannot be expected that, within the next five years, a Saudi driver will suddenly join the ranks of F1 pilots. It requires diligent effort. The fans here are generally quite young. This is a good start, and I hope we strive to do the same in all countries we visit, especially those newer to the calendar – and I hope that one day, wherever we go, we may have a Saudi national hero racing in Formula 1.”

In Mexico, Sergio Pérez may have drawn inspiration from the example set by the Rodriguez brothers in the country. However, having a role model or passion alone is not enough: when coming from the American continent, the hurdle to reach F1 is even higher.

“I have personal experience coming from Mexico. It’s quite challenging to make it to Formula 1 or into this sport because in Mexico, motorsport is good, but it’s never as good as it is in Europe. You need to go to Europe at a very young age. That’s the best advice I can give. Start competing at a young age against the best drivers in the world, and they are in Europe because that’s naturally where the top level is. And only then will we have a Saudi F1 driver.”

“Yes, I agree with Max and Checo,” Charles Leclerc adds.

“In Europe, the standard is currently very high. Formula 1 is making great strides in countries where motorsport may not have been as prominent a few years ago, such as here in Saudi Arabia. It’s wonderful to see the new generation so passionate about motorsport.”

“I am confident that with this growing interest,

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