In the environment to which he is subjected, precisely, the constant demand for improvement or else, Buemi has survived - so far. Prone to driving slightly more conservatively, as to avoid mistakes while battling with an equally threatened team-mate in Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien has established his talent at this level.
In the tumult which is the Toro Rosso driving academy this young Spaniard has accomplished the unusual; he has improved his skill level and brought valuable points to the team. On track battles with legends and pretenders have shown his abundant ability. This driver exhibits what the Toro Rosso experiment is all about.
Exciting, yes, and he can certainly execute a pass, hairy as it may sometimes be. Consistency and qualifying are questions which come to mind, but how much of this is attributable to the Sauber? Giving him the benefit of the doubt due to his aggressive nature, and enthusiasm for the sport, I, like many would enjoy seeing him in a faster car.
Quick and the early inclination to show well against the slightly more experienced Kobayashi, Sergio was unfortunate to be injured at Monaco early during the season. As part of the Ferrari young driver programme he has acquitted himself well in competition both at Sauber as well as at the Ferrari events. Mucho sponsorship dinero doesn't hurt, either.
Generally competitive with vastly more experienced team-mate, Senor Rubens Barrichello, much to the discredit of the Brazilian. Maldonado has been the aggressor both on track, and in interviews, leading observers to believe he has serious ambitions of a career in F1, and is not here because of sponsor finance. Qualified unexpectedly well at certain events.
Acknowledged as the team leader the past season Sutil has not performed on track as well as his rookie team-mate Paul di Resta. Did a wonderful job of it, however, at the team's most important race in India. He appears to be seeking employment elsewhere.
Paul di Resta
For a newcomer to F1 to qualify and race at the same level as the previously highly regarded team leader Sutil is quite an accomplishment. Paul has handily done just that, and appears to be capable of much more. Already spoken of at top teams as a possible future replacement for their drivers, this Scot appears to have a bright future before him.
Unbelievably, Vitaly was the team leader at the former top ranked team, Renault. Aggressive in his driving (just ask Schumacher) and sporadically quick in qualifying, he is a work in progress. Still adjusting to life in Western Europe - and now looking for a new home after the confirmation that Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean will drive for Lotus Renault GP in 2012.
Performing above expectations, keeping the team motivated and the points flowing in. Heikki has, this season, rebuilt a portion of his discredited career following years at McLaren. Showing no signs of complacency, unlike his team-mate, the team revolves around him.
Team leader at the bottom end of the grid. Fighting to retain his career against a refugee from the Red Bull apprentice program, and not doing badly.