This year we will start the season with 4 rookies (5 if someone can pay HRT 10 milion for a drive). the rookies are Jérôme d’Ambrosio, Sergio Pérez, Paul di Resta and Pastor Maldonado. How will these rookies perform during their first f1 season?
Jérôme d’Ambrosio is a driver who already did some friday driving for virgin last year. His racing record might not be impressive but at Virgin they choose him over Van Der Garde and Di Grassi despite Van Der Garde bringing more sponsor money. they were impressed by the belgian because he has speed and a good technical background.
He also has a good relationship with renault team boss Eric Bouiller who helped him seize the deal. How he will perform this year is quite uncertain.
Sergio Pérez is the GP2 runner-up of 2010. He is backed by Mexican telecom giant Telmex. He has already brought big sponsors to sauber, so he is bricking in his releationship with the team. He has potential but it has yet to show itself.
Paul Di Resta is the 2010 DTM champion and he was force indias 2010 reserve driver, so he already knows the team. His role as reserve driver was actually the best that could happen to him ass DTM isn’t exactly a step up point to F1. His showings during firday practice were impressive and a verry good reason to dump liuzzi.
Pastor Maldonado is the GP2 champion and is sponsored by oil company PDVSA. He has shown good driving, but has quite a list of complaints against him. His record before last years GP2 season isn’t quite impressive. His challenge will be to give team mat barichello some more resistance and to defeat the drivers around him
The last available seat at HRT might go to the Valsecchi and Razia but they are going to lotus as reserve drivers, so the names De La Rosa, Heidfeld, Di Grassi might return in 2011, or HRT team boss Collins can turn another rabbit out of his hat.
what are you expecting from the rookie class of 2011