Jake | Thursday 8th November 2012 | Formula 1

It’s easy to make jokes about the Formula 1 young driver test. It might even be fun. But do you know what’s more fun? Statistics.

So, now that all the tests are complete, let’s have a proper look: how young are this year’s young drivers?

Team Race Drivers Young Drivers
Caterham Heikki Kovalainen
Vitaly Petrov
31
28
30 Giedo van der Garde
Alexander Rossi
27
21
24
Ferrari Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
31
31
31 Jules Bianchi
Davide Rigon
23
26
25
Force India Nico Hulkenberg
Paul di Resta
25
26
26 Luiz Razia
Jules Bianchi
Rodolfo Gonzalez
23
23
26
24
HRT Narain Karthikeyan
Pedro de la Rosa
35
41
38 Ma Qing Hua 24 24
Lotus Kimi Raikkonen
Romain Grosjean
33
26
30 Nicolas Prost
Edoardo Mortara
Davide Valsecchi
31
25
25
27
Marussia Timo Glock
Charles Pic
30
22
26 Max Chilton
Rio Haryanto
21
19
20
McLaren Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
27
32
30 Gary Paffett
Oliver Turvey
Kevin Magnussen
31
25
20
25
Mercedes Nico Rosberg
Michael Schumacher
27
43
35 Brendon Hartley
Sam Bird
22
25
24
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
25
36
31 Antonio Felix da Costa
Robin Frijns
21
21
21
Sauber Sergio Perez
Kamui Kobayashi
22
26
24 Esteban Gutierrez
Robin Frijns
21
21
21
Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne
Daniel Ricciardo
22
23
23 Luiz Razia
Johnny Cecotto Junior
23
23
23
Williams Pastor Maldonado
Bruno Senna
27
29
28 Valtteri Bottas 23 23
Total 29 24

Well that’s not so bad, is it? On average this year’s young driver testers are five years younger than the teams’ regular drivers. Would you consider 24 objectively ‘young’? That probably depends on how old you are.

Toro Rosso are the only team to have an older young driver line-up than their race pairing. But it’s by the smallest of margins, and given that all of their drivers are young scamps, that’s acceptable.

The two drivers in their 30s are certainly pushing the boundaries of young – those being Nicolas Prost for Lotus, and McLaren regular Gary Paffett. Only three others are over 25: Giedo van der Garde for Caterham, Davide Rigon for Ferrari, and Rodolfo Gonzalez for Force India.

Everyone else: well done.

(Rigorous analysis fans! Don’t worry, those cheeky young drivers who drove for more than one team were only counted once in the total.)

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