I think it’s a tiny bit harsh that people are saying that just because the 5 rookies didn’t win their respective championships, that they don’t deserve to drive. I mean, Valsecchi spent over 5 years in GP2 before winning the championship.
And it’s worth pointing out that Gutierrez was 3rd, Chilton was 4th and VDGarde was 5/6th (joint position with Calado, as well as the fact he won the FR3.5 Title in 2008) in GP2 2012. I also have a feeling that if Razia had kept the seat, given that he finished 2nd, that he would still cop the same treatment for not being a champion. It’s not like these guys finished dead last in GP2,
I guess with Bianchi’s Ferrari grooming and Botta’s with Williams, those two are always going to be ranked higher purely on experience.
Lets just wait until the end of the season, thats the only thing that can be done. They may all improve, or stay like they are. Kobayashi, Petrov and even Hulkenburg faltered in their first season (2010) with the exception of Hulkenburgs pole, which was pure luck and timing.
Let’s leave the final standings on how we judge them.