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Young F1 drivers drink milk and are fast

One calls milk his favorite drink and another has a champion's blood running through his veins. Check out Nico Rosberg and Scott Speed's story.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:19 IST

One calls milk his favorite drink. Another has a champion's blood running through his veins. A third has put Poland on the Formula One map. And the fourth is trying to bring the United States back on the fast track.

Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Scott Speed are the young drivers to watch in Formula One as the season draws to a conclusion.

"What is important in Formula One now is that the young drivers arrive," said Flavio Briatore, the boss of Renault's Formula One team.

"I hope that in this group of young drivers coming into Formula One that we can find a star for the future."

"There are several young guys in the pipeline. I think it is a very healthy development to take new guys into Formula One," said Mario Theissen, head of the BMW-Sauber team.

Both Briatore and Theissen should know.

In 1991, Briatore jumped at the chance to take a 22-year-old German driver to Benetton after he made an impression at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix for the Jordan team. Then in 2002, he took a 20-year-old Spaniard to test at Renault and moved him up to race driver the next year.

Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso have won the last six Formula One driving titles, with Schumacher taking five at Ferrari after two at Benetton. Alonso won last year for Renault.

Now Theissen is hoping to match that feat with 19-year-old Vettel and 22-year-old Kubica.

"They said on German television I am the next German driver to be able to do something," said Vettel, who turned 19 in July, looks about 14 and said his favorite libation is "full-fat milk".

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 13:16 IST