Three Races In
There have been three races so far in the 2019 Formula 1 season, and the brakes aren’t the only thing heating up at a rapid pace. As a Formula 1 driver, you are expected to shine and bring in good results, even if you are a rookie. Some rookies aren’t placed in the greatest of situations, ( I’m looking at you Williams), while others are making names for themselves. You can never determine how good a rookie is after just three races. Instead of this being a criticism, think of this as more of a report.
Lando Norris is good
It’s true. The British Mclaren driver Lando Norris is the real deal. Lando performed at a high level in F2 and has been spending years on the simulators trying to hone his craft. Lando has looked really good in qualifying this year. In fact, he qualified P8 in Australia, something Mclaren could only do with Fernando Alonso in past years. Not to mention that Lando finished P6 in Bahrain. That is not an easy thing to do, especially in a Mclaren. It’s not just on the track, but he is a mature person off the track. Things are looking well for the young man just three races in and should continue for the rest of the year.
Alex Albon is also pretty good
Do not let all the shine from Lando Norris distract you from Alex Albon. Albon was a ‘sleeper’ rookie considering he was the last to be promoted from F2. That has not stopped Albon from performing on the track through. Albon has finished 13th, 9th, and 10th. Considering there are 20 drivers, he is outperforming half the field as a rookie. The car he is in isn’t known to be extremely fast, so that makes these performances stand out even more. The easy way to compare Albon is to compare the results with his teammate. Daniil Kyvat has finished 10th, 12th, and 19th (DNF).
Giovinazzi and Russell
These two rookies have not had it easy on them so far. Not all the blame can be put on the driver though. George Russell’s car, the Williams, is the slowest on the grid. Not only is it slow, but it’s three laps off the pace slow. He has finished ahead of his teammate Robert Kubica in every race, so George is doing what he can.
Giovinazzi, on the other hand, is not in the slowest car. He has been disappointing with his pace this year although he has shown to be a very good defensive driver. Giovinazzi has yet to finish ahead of his teammate in qualifying or the race.
So Who is Best?
All in all, it is very early to tell. Every 3-4 weeks I will keep my rookie report updated. The report will track these rookie seasons. Remember, they are only rookies once, and most of them are barely old enough to drink, so give them a break.
- Lando Norris
- Alex Albon
- George Russell
- Antonio Giovinazzi