Daniel Ricciardo feels learning his trade at a backmarker outfit would be a good move for Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ricciardo, Formula 1's newest race winner, began his career with HRT, contesting the final half of 2011 with the backmarker outfit.
Having got a feel for F1, he moved onto Toro Rosso the following season and this year stepped up to Red Bull Racing, where he has been a revelation.
Sainz Jr, who is backed by Red Bull, is being tipped to follow a similar path with rumours linking him to a move to Caterham.
"I think it helps in a lot of ways," Ricciardo told Autosport.
"It helped me get into F1, settle down with all the nerves, not really in a spotlight, so it eased me into the sport a little bit.
"It also makes you more grateful for what you have.
"When I signed for Toro Rosso I was the happiest man in the world knowing that I could maybe fight for points.
"You really work hard for those extra last little bits.
"Signing for Red Bull made me more grateful to get the better things so I am sure we will see it with other drivers coming through.
"Jules [Bianchi] is obviously doing really well at Marussia, there is talk [about Sainz].
"It didn't harm me. As a driver you want to be in the best team as soon as possible, but it definitely helped me learn in the right way."