Do they give any concessions to F1 rookies, such as additional track time etc? I don’t think they even have a rookie designation do they?
I think classifying Nigel as a rookie back in ’93 was kind of a stretch also, but he proved how truly great he was becoming F1 champion, then IndyCar champion the very next year on all new tracks and running ovals for the first time.
I wonder if Rubens (still easily one of the worlds best drivers) remains mired in the teens for qualifying, and is consistently out qualified by his team mates? As I’ve said before, Rubens is quickly finding out that the IndyCar grid has many world class drivers who could easily be in F1.
I’d hate to see him end his career without the proper farewell he should have had in F1, then regularly being trounced in IndyCar.