Robert Shwartzman shedding hope of securing race seat in ‘bizarre’ world of F1 : PlanetF1

Robert Shwartzman is the newest sufferer of a “bizarre” driver market, the Ferrari junior conceding “I can guess perhaps not” to his probabilities of ever lining up on the grid.

Regardless of ending runner-up behind Oscar Piastri in final 12 months’s Components 2 championship, Shwartzman discovered himself sitting on the sidelines with the Aussie this season.

However whereas he stuffed the function of Ferrari check driver, Piastri was not less than a step nearer to a F1 race seat having signed as Alpine’s reserve driver.

Subsequent season he’ll be on the grid after signing with McLaren to interchange Daniel Ricciardo. For Shwartzman, the dream is all however over.

“Truthfully it was a troublesome 12 months,” he informed MotorsportWeek.com. “Sadly, I didn’t race, which for any racing driver is a giant factor.

“What’s going to occur [in the future], I don’t know but, but it surely’s tremendous onerous and difficult to get into Components 1.

“I all the time pushed and labored actually onerous, it didn’t matter what was going round with the dream or goal to get to Components 1.

“Will it occur or not occur? At this stage I don’t know. I can guess perhaps not.

“That’s clearly very unhappy for me as a result of it has been such a giant work and I stored on pushing and believing and on the finish nonetheless it doesn’t occur for numerous causes.”

The motive force, who swapped from a Russian racing licence to an Israeli one, is perplexed by F1’s driver market.

“I imply, F1 is a bit bizarre to be sincere today, for me not less than,” he stated. “I don’t actually perceive it, the line-up and the motive force selections groups do, I don’t get it from my aspect.

“I don’t wish to put names, however for me sadly it doesn’t all the time go by the benefit.

“Oscar needed to wait a 12 months and it was a bit messy for him. I put myself in it as nicely, I pushed him onerous, did onerous work, and I do know if I’d have an opportunity, I’d present I’m succesful.

“It’s what it’s at this stage, it’s the scenario the place I can’t do something about it despite the fact that I’d like to and make it extra truthful.”

There’s, nonetheless, a glimmer of hope for the 23-year-old with Nyck de Vries set to be the oldest rookie in many years when he strains up for AlphaTauri subsequent season.

The 27-year-old was handed his large break by Williams when Alex Albon fell in poor health, the crew placing the Mercedes reserve within the automobile on the Italian Grand Prix.

De Vries, winner of the 2019 Components 2 title, seized his alternative and scored factors with a P9 on the day.

“Truthfully for Nyck it occurred after three years, he raced, and truthfully I respect Nyck and assume he’s gifted and good however the stars aligned completely for him and he did a great job of taking that chance – he received one shot and he took it,” stated Shwartzman.

“Will I? Who is aware of. To attend and sit right here and waste time not racing simply hoping for a miracle to occur… I’d probably not see it fairly logical for me, and anyway after doing this work I actually wish to race subsequent 12 months, as I miss racing.

“For those who don’t race you miss that spirit of [being] a race driver: to battle, to win, and push your self. Think about if I don’t race; I’ll wait, wait, wait and if I’ve the chance I’d not be prepared for it as I had not raced [since 2021].

“So for me the principle precedence subsequent 12 months is to go race. The place? I don’t know, we’re taking a look at choices and what we have now on the desk for the most effective provide doable and we’ll see.”

The ruthless nature of making an attempt to step up into 20-car area

In 2019, 27 drivers raced in Components 1’s feeder collection, F2. A 12 months later there have been 26 contributors, then 29, and this 12 months 27.

Let’s name it a good 80 for the 4 years as a few of them raced for 2 season, even three. That’s 20 drivers per 12 months wanting to interrupt into Components 1.

Of these Nicholas Latifi joined the grid in 2020, Mick Schumacher, Nikita Mazepin and Yuki Tsunoda stepped up in 2021, Guanyu Zhou this season, and Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargeant will comply with swimsuit subsequent 12 months.

That’s eight out of 80.

The easy level is Components 1 doesn’t have sufficient seats to advertise the whole feeder collection, it doesn’t even have sufficient most seasons to advertise the whole podium.

This 12 months F1 is shedding three, final 12 months it was two, the 12 months earlier than three, and the 12 months earlier than that one.

It’s simple to say extra seats would assist and sure it might to some extent however the sport nonetheless doesn’t have a excessive turnover.

You would argue the outdated guard ought to go however who misses Kimi Raikkonen? For that matter who desires to see Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton go away?

To enter Components 1 today a driver has to indicate himself to be a prolific expertise, an Oscar Piastri if you’ll. Or a spot in a junior academy, Logan Sargeant. Or get thrown a Hail Mary go that lands as did with Nyck de Vries.

It’s not longer ok to be good, you must be nice, and a little bit luck with the timing doesn’t damage both, particularly with extra groups transferring away from the pay driver mannequin.

That’s to not say the game doesn’t miss out on improbable expertise, however that’s sadly the character of a 20-car area.

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