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Formula 1 2011: Performance Review of Rookies

Murari Kadam
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924   //    22 Jul 2011, 13:59 IST

Paul Di Resta debuted with Force India

The 2011 Formula One season has five young drivers making their debuts with high-low expectations and strong backings from their sponsors – Sergio Perez (Sauber), Paul Di Resta (Force India), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Jerome d’Ambrosio (Virgin) and Daniel Ricciardo (debuting with Hispania racing team at Silverstone). All, in their first F1 season, are giving their best to learn and gain the experience. As the season reached mid-way have a look at their performances.

Sergio Perez, behind the wheels of Sauber F1 team, is leading all the rookies in points tally with 8 points. Where as Force India’s Paul di Resta had an exceptional start to the season getting two 10th place finishes. The Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado had a rough start to the season as Williams F1 team managed to finish the race in 3rd round of the season. Jerome d’Ambrosio, the Belgian, debuted with the  least competitive Virgin racing, has managed to finish 8 out of 9 races so far with producing best finish of 14th place on two occasions. The last rookie is Daniel Ricciardo, who replaced Indian Narain Karthikeyan at Silverstone to get race seat with Hispania team and managed 19th place to get his first formula one finish.

Sergio Perez debuted with Sauber F1 Team

Points Tally :

Sergio Perez leads the rookie points tally with 8 points in 8 races (DNS in Monaco GP after qualifying crash and then sits out Canadian GP), has qualified 12th on the grid three times and best finish of 7th place at Silverstone. (WDC rank -14). Di Resta sails at second place with 2 points in 9 starts, finished 10th in Australia and Malaysia as best results. (WDC rank – 17). D’Ambrosio has 9 starts with best finish of 14th place in Australia and Canada.( WDC rank – 21). Maldonado has 9 starts and one 14th place finish as best. He has experienced a good qualifying this season and 7th on the grid at Silverstone as best qualifying result but has failed to cash them with poor race pace. (WDC rank – 23). Ricciardo, have just 1 race with 19th place finish.

Jerome d'Ambrosio debuted with Virging Racing

Laps Completed:

Paul di Resta is most reliable rookie with the race performance. He has completed 528 laps out of possible 551 laps so far in this season, and has completed 4 laps more than team-mate Adrian Sutil. Fifth in most laps completed tally. D’Ambrosio stands second with 517 laps. Maldonado has completed 435 laps. Where as Serdion Perez, who missed Monaco GP and Canadian GP, have completed 366 laps. Ricciardo completed 49 laps at Silverstone. None of these rookies has lead a single lap during races this season so far.

Pastor Maldonado debuted with Williams F1 Team

Podium Finish:

All the 2011 rookies are yet to produce a podium finish.

Full Race Distance Finish:

Only Sergio Perez and Paul di Resta have managed to finish entire race distance to get a race finish, both have 2 full race distance finishes. While Di Resta has started 9 races and finished 8, Sergio Perez had 7 starts with 5 race finish. Pastor Maldonado has started 9 races and finished 6 but has never managed to finish entire race distance.  Jerome d’Ambrosio has started 9 races and finished 8 of them.

Race Finish – complete at least 90% of the race distance.

With the introduction of Pirelli as Formula 1′s tyre supplier, drivers are spending lot of time in pit lane… have a look at pit stops from rookies -

Jerome d’Ambrosio – 22 pit stops in 9 races.

Pastor Maldonado – 24 pit stops in 9 races.

Paul di Resta – 25 pit stops in 9 races

Sergio Perez- 15 pit stops in 7 races

Daniel Ricciardo – 2 pit stops in 1 race.

With the  season reaching mid-way and German grand prix for this weekend is undergoing at the Nurburgring circuit, we may see some changes in the performances of the rookies. Force India’s Paul di Resta will try to come out of blundering second pit stops at Silver-stone during British grand prix.  Where as jerome will try to beat Indian Karun Chandhok, eho eill be racing for team Lotus in place for Jarno Trulli. Australian Daniel Ricciardo will try to out-pace team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi to impress Red Bull backers as he is eyeing a race seat with Toro Rosso for the next season.

Murari Kadam
An aviator and a freelance journalist, with passion for adventure sports, but here to contribute on F1 and some athletics events.
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