Both Charles Pic and Virgin Marussia team boss John Booth have been managing expectations ahead of the Frenchmans race debut in 2012. The driver has only had one day of young drivers testing in Abu Dhabi and with only 12 days of pre-season testing this year for the teams Pic is looking at starting his first Grand Prix weekend with only 7 days of running under his belt.
This is in contrast to rookies prior to 2009 where they would have many days of running on test days before ever stepping foot in a race car. It is making it increasingly hard for rookies to come in and impress in their debut year. Paul Di Resta’s stellar campaign must be attributed in part to his large amount of Friday running before making the jump up to a race seat this year.
The sport really needs to increase the amount of mileage for drivers outside of the 24 race seats to stop this turn and burn of drivers through the ranks.