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POLL: Who will be fastest of 'new team drivers'?

Four teams - Sauber, Lotus, Virgin and HRT - step into the unknown ahead of their debut (or in Sauber's case, return) at Bahrain - but which of the eight drivers do you think is destined for the greatest success in 2010?
All eyes will be on Bahrain this weekend as the much anticipated 2010 Formula 1 World Championship gets underway with plenty to look out for.

From Michael Schumacher's return to the sport, to champion Jenson Button's defection to McLaren, to the host of new faces set to adorn the grid, the 2010 season is tipped to be one of the most exciting of recent years.

One of the big stories over the winter has been arrival of three brand new teams - Lotus Racing, Virgin F1 and Hispania Racing - and the return of another - BMW Sauber.

Part of the FIA's plan to get more cars on the grid, while Toyota and BMW fell by the wayside and US F1 never quite made it, 24 cars still signals the largest F1 entry since 1997 - although on that occasion Lola failed to qualify for the sole race it entered.

As with any new team though, the scale of their task remains significant, particularly in the case of HRT, who won't have turned a wheel before the opening round.

Eight drivers will front their campaigns: BMW Sauber have a combination of experience and youth through Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi, Lotus have acquired the 'winningest' line-up of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, Virgin will have Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi, while HRT persevere with the only all-rookie line-up in Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok.

Testing has shown Sauber, which has benefitted from its ex-BMW infrastructure, to be the best of the newcomers, but while the teams may be on different levels right now, each driver has achieved success either in or on their way to F1.

While no-one is predicting a title challenge to match that of Brawn GP, it does mean a 'sub-championship' has broken out between the four teams and eight drivers to see who will have achieved the most by the season's end...

But what do you think? Who do you think will emerge top of the 'new team drivers' by the conclusion of the 2010 season?

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27.02.2010 Barcelona, Spain, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
27.02.2010 Barcelona, Spain, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
27.02.2010 Barcelona, Spain, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
19.02.2010 Jerez, Spain, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29 - Formula 1 Testing, Jerez, Spain
27.02.2010 Barcelona, Spain, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Lotus F1 Team - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Lotus F1 Team - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
arcelona, Spain, Jarno Trulli (ITA), Lotus F1 Team - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
Hispania Racing`s 2010 HRT F1 car [pic credit: motioncompany]
Hispania Racing`s 2010 HRT F1 car [pic credit: motioncompany]
Hispania Racing`s 2010 HRT F1 car [pic credit: motioncompany]
27.02.2010 Barcelona, Spain, Timo Glock (GER), Virgin Racing - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
27.02.2010 Barcelona, Spain, Timo Glock (GER), Virgin Racing - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain, Timo Glock (GER), Virgin Racing - Formula 1 Testing, Barcelona
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Cardinal

March 11, 2010 2:12 PM

Why the hell are Sauber in this list? They are hardly a new team. Crash call them 'the returning BMW Sauber'. Returning? They were racing last season. I would have picked Kobayashi, but don't think he or PDLR belong in this poll.



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