Thought I’d finally do mine as I was a bit pressed for time before.
1/ Hulkenberg. Barely any testing but sometimes he’s bang on Rubens pace if not faster. That is very, very rare to see I feel. His racing has been all over the place though and that so nearly made me put my second choice first.
2/ Petrov. Sometimes off the pace but has the hardest team mate of all the rookies. His sometimes daft mistakes have cost him the top spot. He’s a pure racer, had a great Hungary weekend and usually gets blinding starts. He has something he just needs more consistency and more mileage. If he gets the Renault seat for a second year hopefully it’ll give him a boost.
3/ Kobayashi. A pure racing machine but his qualifying performances have sometimes been dreadful even compared to Pedro. He’s also had a few races and testing which doesn’t mean mcuh but every little helps. Could be a star one day and he’s made the most of all his Sunay’s but sometimes because his Saturday’s or so poor he has to go crazy.
4/ Jaime. I don’t really count him as a rookie but I may as well as others have stuck him in. I thought I saw some promise in him but he’s still at times really struggling just against Buemi after more than a year. STR doesn’t have the best history of managing its drivers but I did expect more. He showed aggression at Aus and Spain but apart from that and maybe some raw speed at Singapore I’ve forgotten about him.
The rest. Too hard to judge but probably Senna then Karun then Lucas.
In the other series:
Hulk, Pet, Kob, Bianchi tied with Bird, Kimi and then I can’t remember the other rookies :P