Don't write off the rookies

Don't write off the rookies

Five drivers will make their F1 debuts in Melbourne next week. Edd Straw explains why it will be unfair to judge the likes of Bottas, Bianchi and Chilton until their second season

During the first half of the 2010 season, Nico Hulkenberg made a passing comment that has always stuck in my mind. It was nothing more than a brief nod of appreciation for the fact that I was still bothering to speak to him to find out how he was getting on.

By that stage of the season, he was largely being ignored. Or, worse still, written off.

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