Fernando Alonso and the class of 2001

Fernando Alonso and the class of 2001

It's 10 years since Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya all arrived in F1. Adam Cooper revisits an interview with Alonso from when the future champion was just a star underdog in a Minardi

The first race of a new season always brings a focus on the latest crop of rookies. Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado and Jerome D'Ambrosio are the guys in the spotlight this year, and Melbourne will be a big weekend for all of them.

How they fare over the course of their rookie seasons will no doubt have a big impact on their future careers. Commercial reasons also play a role, but it's worth noting that five drivers made their grand prix debuts in Bahrain last year – and only one of them will be on the grid in Australia.

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