Formula 1 rookies: beyond the timesheets

Formula 1 rookies: beyond the timesheets

The current conditions in F1 are not making life easy for rookie drivers, especially driving for back-of-the-grid teams. But Edd Straw believes there is more to this year's newcomers than just their positions in the timesheets

All five members of the rookie class of 2013 failed to escape Q1 in China. A dire indictment of the quality of emerging talents? Hardly.

The most powerful mitigating factor is that four of the newcomers are driving the three worst cars in the field, with the fifth, Esteban Gutierrez, driving a Sauber which is, at best, seventh fastest. This pretty much guarantees three or four would drop out in the first phase of qualifying whatever happens.

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