Formula 1 news: In an interview, former F1 champion Mario Andretti revealed his opinion on the existing F1 drivers. The 1978 F1 title victor picked the most noteworthy drivers for the 2022 campaign.
He picked Ferrari and Mclaren racers as his top choices. And, Alpine drivers’ and Pierre Gasly’s performances in the season 2021 also impacted him in a positive light.
He believes the amount of talent that we will see on the 2022 grid is unlimited. Andretti picked his favourite drivers from the top four Formula 1 squad.
He thinks Lando Norris was at a point where doubting his potential would be unfair. Referring to Daniel Ricciardo, he said he had shown great proficiency. And, he deserved to be in the top team as a top player.
Formula 1 news: 1978 World Champion Mario Andretti picks his F1 favorite drivers who will be worth watching in the 2022 season
Talking about Carlos Sainz, he said he had shown determination. He put in tremendous efforts to be deserving enough for the Ferrari squad all on his own. He did prove himself. And, he challenged Charles Leclerc too at times. He made him nervous and it was visible.
Leaving the drivers of the Mercedes and Red Bull squads aside, Mario thinks there are other robust competitors too. He mentioned the names of Lando Norris and Carlos Saints for the same context. He said they both could be greatly competitive in the coming season.
Daniel Ricciardo’s re-emergence in the other half of the campaign was really impressive for Mario. He feels he is still in his best form and would continue with the zeal into 2022.
Talking on Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, he said he didn’t have any idea what the team’s further plan was. However, he is sure that Ocon is not fearful of Fernando Alonso. He said there is a lot to look forward to in the next season.
Praising Pierre Gasly, he called his execution over the campaign “brilliant”.
Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly have shown an upsurge in their performances since the last two campaigns.
Both the French drivers have pleased the fans frequently. The Alpha Tauri driver’s success at Monza in 2020 impressed many. And, the Alpine driver’s victory at Hungary in the 2021 campaign brought in great appreciation for him.
Formula 1 news: Mario Andretti thinks there is no lack of talent on the f1 grid
The American-Italian driver believes there is surplus talent on the grid for the 2022 campaign. Though he would like to witness Lando and Sainz closely, he commended the plethora of budding talent in the zenith of the sport.
He said that undoubtedly, there is a lot of “incredible” talent on the grid for sure. There is always something interesting and exciting in the sport. He called F1 talent extremely “rich”.
Years ago, In Andretti’s era, drivers participated in other race championships too at the same time.
Mario Andretti is one of the most prominent racers of his time. He is the former world champion of Formula 1. Besides, he had also participated in the USAC Championship, NASCAR Grand National Series. And, also the Sportscar Championship all during his first-ever year in Formula 1.