• 2013 season

Martin Brundle welcomes driver changes

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Kamui Kobayashi ... amazing from time to time, a few great overtakes, and on the missing list for the rest of the season © Sutton Images
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Martin Brundle said that the new drivers this season should be welcomed rather than the more experienced ones who have lost their seats in 2013 mourned.

Timo Glock , Kamui Kobayashi, Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna - who had started a combined total of 363 grands prix - will be spectators this season but Brundle, who works for Sky Sports, said that was no bad thing.

"It's sad isn't it, but it's the business," he said. "I've always said: it's really hard to get to Formula One and it's even harder to stay there. They all had their chances to shine. Maybe that sounds a bit brutal, but they had their chances to shine.

"Just like when I got kicked out of F1, you had your chances, nothing else was there and it's about the fresh blood.

"I looked at Esteban Gutierrez in his overalls [at Jerez] and I thought: 'Well that's going to be interesting, how's he going to go?'. If it had been Kobayashi, you'd pretty much know how he was going to go: he'd be amazing from time to time, pull off a few great overtakes, and be on the missing list for the rest of the season."

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