F1's rookies rate their seasons

F1's rookies rate their seasons

Formula 1's rookie crop of 2011 is potentially the best for a generation, but what do the likes of Paul di Resta and Pastor Maldonado make of their own performances? AUTOSPORT asked them

Fans of the wines from Bourdeaux get very excited about 1982 – a year when a freakishly perfect spell of weather conditions during the grape-growing season resulted in a standard that's only achieved a couple of times each century.

Drawing a slightly long bow, you could make a case that the 2001 crop of Formula 1 rookies were the sport's answer to Lafite-Rothschild. Rare is the season that serves up newcomers of the quality of Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya all in one go, and while this year's lot have some work ahead to reach the same heights, it's perhaps the most promising group we've seen in the 10 years since.

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