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Author Topic: Will so many F1 rookies & returnees cause chaos at race starts this term?  (Read 268 times)

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Itís been quite a while since there was such a big change to the F1 driver line up and I canít recall seeing so many inexperienced and returning drivers in a field, (obviously excluding 2010/11 when special entry teams created 2nd class seats).

This should provide some interest at the start of the season, although I expect to see quite a bit of flying carbon fibre initially while they learn that itís not F2, rallying or a sim.

Even the veterans may shed some carbon (Wrecker Romain?) getting used to the wider nose and different handling. Closing speeds may also catch some out.

I'll certainly be adding to my DNF number in the GG for the first few races, but could this catch out some usual point scoring drivers as well?



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Add to that the question of if Max will return to his bumper car ways.
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Offline Jericoke

As a rule, I've noticed that the rookies tend to be more conservative in their first few races the last few years (there are exceptions, of course).

In fact, after doing zero research, I think that AUS usually has the lowest DNF of the turbo era.  Everyone has fresh equipment, everyone is aware that you can't win the championship in the first race, the rookies are more concerned with finishing than proving themselves (to a degree, they've already proven themselves, or else they wouldn't be in F1).

With that in mind, I would expect LeClerc and Gasly to be the most dangerous drivers.  They don't need to prove they belong in F1.  They do.  They need to prove they can win.  (the next two most dangerous drivers would be Max and Seb, proving they're still the 'big dogs' at their teams)

Offline Calman

I agree with all the valid points above .. and who could pose a danger in fighting their way through the pack.  However, with F1 seats more fragile than ever, I feel that rookies are well aware that 1-2 slip ups could cost them their drive, as there are more young guns knocking on the F1 door than ever before.   We have seen many promising drivers lose their seat, purely based on a couple of poor performances or lack of sponsorship money etc. So, in 2019, I think that all rookies know they have to deliver in the best way that they can, irrespective of the limitations of the car they are in.

Having said all that, yes, we can expect a few pile ups in the opening races.  As Martin Brundle always used to say "it's like the first day back at school".

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It's odd, as there are in theory a lot of drivers knocking on the door of F1 but in theory there are few who can race due to super licence points (or a lack thereof) and a lack of finances.  Not many teams can or will take a punt on a rookie now who is outside of their own driver academy (ie, Norris at McLaren), from their partner's academy (ie Russell at Williams) or who can bring a truck load of cash (er, the returning Kubica at Williams).  Whilst there are more drivers than ever, those with a realistic chance of racing in F1 seem to be decreasing year on year. 

Regarding the rookies/Kubica, I'd say they are a high standard this year, some of the finest rookies we have had for a while who have all had some experience of driving F1 machinery and have shown good race craft in the junior series or in their past career.  I am excited this season more so than usual to see how they fare! 
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Offline Calman

The other angle to consider, as far as "green light pile-ups" ... is that we are focusing on 'rookies' who are in the lower teams, or indeed, rookies who are clearly better drivers than the car they are in (as Leclerc/Gasly were in 2018).  The other factor being, Danny Ric and Kimi are now top drivers in lower performing teams, so this may all point to a recipe for disaster on some of the early 2019 race starts.   From a neutral perspective, I hope not, but let's see how they all do behind the wheel in March!!

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These are all 'professional' drivers and the rooky status will probably have little effect unless they try to 'over-drive' or they have a 'win at any cost' attitude.
This is the problem with Max. He is of course a good driver but he is arrogant and believes that it is his 'right' to be in front of the next guy. I have seen this in the lower classes over many years. Drivers catch the car in front and assume that because they have caught them, they must be faster than them. Then they get irritated that the car in front doesn't make it easy to overtake and start making rash and dangerous moves - we have seen Max do this in most of his F1 career but he used to do it in the lower classes as well. That is why he is a dangerous driver and will never rate as a great driver in my opinion. The great drivers could get inferior cars to the front without banging wheels and risking accidents. History has many great drivers but in the modern era we also have greats like Alonso, Ricciardo and Hamilton. If I was a betting man (which I am not) I would put money on Max being involved in more accidents and near misses than any of the rookies.