Cost-cutting is the buzzword in today's formula one paddocks, but the trend does not find friends with aspiring young drivers.

Cost-cutting is the buzzword in today's formula one paddocks, but the trend does not find friends with aspiring young drivers.

Brendon Hartley, a 19-year-old New Zealander, has obtained an FIA super license and as of this weekend in Spain, he will be trackside as reserve driver for the Red Bull teams.

But if he is called up to race, he has only limited experience of the Adrian Newey-penned chassis, and that experience is unlikely to be much expanded throughout the year.

"Part of that (cost cutting) was cutting testing, which sucks for a driver like myself who wants to be a formula one driver," Hartley told local radio NewsTalkZB.

He added: "You know, it's pretty hard to get prepared when there's no testing."

However, testing limits will be relaxed in 2010 for budget-capped teams.

 

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