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5 best performances by Formula One debutants

  • We have seen 4 new debutants in the 2016 Formula One season. Here are five of the most successful in F1's past.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 06:44 IST

The 2016 season has seen a number of drivers make their Formula One debuts - and a new driver made his at the Bahrain Grand Prix. 2015 GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne, as reserve driver for McLaren, took over the seat as a result of Fernando Alonso’s injuries.

After we saw three new drivers debut at the Australian Grand Prix – Jolyon Palmer for Renault, andPascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto for Manor, we see Vandoorne the fourth rookie on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton McLaren 2007
Then Mclaren-Mercedes driver Hamilton finished on the podium on debut

The Briton recently won his third championship title – and second in a row – at the end of two dominant seasons for constructors Mercedes AMG Petronas. Although the car has been the strongest on the grid for two years, Hamilton has impressed since he made his Formula One debut in 2007 with the erstwhile McLaren-Mercedes.

In a race entirely dominated from start to finish by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, rookie Hamilton qualified in fourth despite some very shaky moments in the session.

Despite a heavier fuel load than teammate Alonso, the Briton managed to hold on through pit stops and nervousness to take a podium spot, finishing third in his debut race in Formula One.

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