Formula 1's rookies gave by-and-large a strong account of themselves in 2008, notching up 92 points between them as they staked their claim to a prolonged future in the sport.
Whilst Sebastian Vettel – not strictly a rookie, but with only eight grands prix under his belt before the start of the season – undeniably led the way with his scintillating Italian Grand Prix success at Monza for Scuderia Toro Rosso, there were also a number of strong performances from compatriot Timo Glock, who gradually increased in both confidence and stature as the year progressed to end proceedings every bit a match for swift and experienced Toyota team-mate Jarno Trulli.
Nelsinho Piquet and Kazuki Nakajima also enjoyed their days in the sun, with the former enduring a torrid start to his top flight career but recovering to go on to hassle double F1 World Champion team-mate Fernando Alonso on occasion, and the latter similarly giving the highly-rated Nico Rosberg cause to look over his shoulder several times. Both did enough to earn a second shot in 2009.
Last but by no means least, finally, is Sébastien Bourdais, who fought back from early-season pressure to take the fight to STR team-mate Vettel, as the record-breaking four-time Champ Car king qualified six times in the last seven races inside the top ten, and was unlucky indeed to be deprived of points in both Belgium and Japan.
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