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Best rookie F1 drivers by performance
Formula One facts and figures

Best rookie F1 drivers by performance

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In order to try to find the driver with the best debut in Formula 1, we will try several scenarios, such as the classification at the end of the season, number of victories, fastest lap, pole position, races finished in points and an average of them.

Season ranking

Apart from Farina, who in the first season managed to win the title of champion, no other driver managed this performance, but some of them came quite close to the title. Apart from the first season, Luigi Fagiolo(1950), Jacques Villeneuve(1996) and Lewis Hamilton(2007) finished the season in second place. Four drivers finished their debut season in 3rd place: Juan Manuel Fangio(1950), Eugenio Castellotti(1955), Jackie Stewart(1965) and Clay Regazzoni(1970).

1950Giuseppe Farina1
1996Jacques Villeneuve2
1950Luigi Fagioli2
2007Lewis Hamilton2
1970Clay Regazzoni3
1965Jackie Stewart3
1955Eugenio Castellotti3
1950Juan Manuel Fangio3
1950Louis Rosier4
1954Karl Kling5
1952Mike Hawthorn5
1950Alberto Ascari5
2001Juan Pablo Montoya6
1957Masten Gregory6
1950Johnnie Parsons6
1959Dan Gurney7
1950Bill Holland7
2007Heikki Kovalainen7
2000Jenson Button8
1994David Coulthard8
1973James Hunt8
1950Birabongse Bhanudej8
2019Alexander Albon8

Performances in the debut season

We will try to analyze relative to an average of the following F1 performances: victory, podium, pole position, fastest lap and the race finished in points. For each performance, we will give each driver one point, we will calculate the percentage of success for each category and then we will make an average of the percentages that should highlight the differences between the drivers according to the rules imposed.

1950Johnnie Parsons11100.001100.0000.001100.001100.0080.00
1950Juan Manuel Fangio6350.00350.00466.67350.00466.6756.67
1950Giuseppe Farina6350.00350.00233.33350.00466.6750.00
2007Lewis Hamilton17423.531270.59635.29211.761588.2445.88
1996Jacques Villeneuve16425.001168.75318.75637.501168.7543.75
1950Mauri Rose100.001100.0000.0000.001100.0040.00

In the first place we will find Johnnie Parsons who in 1950 participated in only one F1 race, the one at Indianapolis, where although he started from the fifth position on the starting grid, he won the race, having the fastest lap of the race, obviously also gaining points.

But it would be hard to say that this is the best debut in Formula 1, so we will take into account the total number of races in that season.

19507Juan Manuel Fangio6342.86342.86457.14342.86457.1448.57
200717Lewis Hamilton17423.531270.59635.29211.761588.2445.88
199616Jacques Villeneuve16425.001168.75318.75637.501168.7543.75
19507Giuseppe Farina6342.86342.86228.57342.86457.1442.86
19507Luigi Fagioli600.00571.4300.0000.00571.4328.57
196510Jackie Stewart10110.00550.0000.0000.00770.0026.00
197015Clay Regazzoni816.67426.6716.67320.00640.0020.00
19557Eugenio Castellotti600.00228.57114.2900.00342.8617.14
200119Juan Pablo Montoya1715.26421.05315.79315.79526.3216.84
19508Louis Rosier600.00225.0000.0000.00450.0015.00
19507Alberto Ascari500.00228.5700.0000.00342.8614.29
201419Kevin Magnussen1900.0015.2600.0000.001263.1613.68
200719Heikki Kovalainen1700.0015.2600.0000.001157.8912.63
201922Alexander Albon2100.0000.0000.0000.001359.0911.82
19507Johnnie Parsons1114.29114.2900.00114.29114.2911.43
198416Ayrton Senna1500.00318.7500.0016.25531.2511.25

Applying this rule, we have Juan Manuel Fangio in first place who, from the 7 races of the 1950 season, obtained three victories, three podium finishes, four pole positions, three fastest laps and four races finished in the points.

The second place is occupied by Lewis Hamilton who in the 17 races of his debut in 2007 managed 4 victories, 12 podium finishes, 6 pole positions, 2 fastest laps and scored points in 15 races.

Jacques Villeneuve was third in this ranking in his debut season in 1996.

The world champion from 1950, Giuseppe Farina occupies only the 4th position in this ranking. Farina wins the championship thanks to a 4th place finish in Belgium, the race won even by Fangio, otherwise both have three victories and three fastest laps each. The difference in the classification made up by us is in favor of Fangio because he had 4 pole positions compared to Farina's 2. At Monza, even though Fangio didn't finish the race, due to the fact that he had the fastest lap, he got a point, thus equaling Farina for the number of races finished with points, four for each in the 1950 season

Champions debut

If we only look at the debut of the pilots who became Formula 1 world champions in time, we find 10 who had a poor debut, failing to achieve any performance.

19507Juan Manuel Fangio6342.86342.86457.14342.86457.1448.57
200717Lewis Hamilton17423.531270.59635.29211.761588.2445.88
199616Jacques Villeneuve16425.001168.75318.75637.501168.7543.75
19507Giuseppe Farina6342.86342.86228.57342.86457.1442.86
196510Jackie Stewart10110.00550.0000.0000.00770.0026.00
19507Alberto Ascari500.00228.5700.0000.00342.8614.29
198416Ayrton Senna1500.00318.7500.0016.25531.2511.25
197315James Hunt800.00213.3300.00213.33426.6710.67
195810Phil Hill400.00220.0000.00110.00220.0010.00
19528Mike Hawthorn500.00112.5000.0000.00337.5010.00
201522Max Verstappen1900.0000.0000.0000.001045.459.09
196010Jim Clark600.00110.0000.0000.00330.008.00
200016Jenson Button1700.0000.0000.0000.00637.507.50
196011John Surtees400.0019.0919.0919.0919.097.27
197016Emerson Fittipaldi616.2516.2500.0000.00212.505.00
198016Alain Prost1300.0000.0000.0000.00425.005.00
196510Denny Hulme600.0000.0000.0000.00220.004.00
200121Kimi Raikkonen1700.0000.0000.0000.00419.053.81
199116Michael Schumacher600.0000.0000.0000.00318.753.75
200619Nico Rosberg1800.0000.0000.0015.26210.533.16
200722Sebastian Vettel800.0000.0000.0000.0029.091.82
197515Alan Jones800.0000.0000.0000.0016.671.33
196815Mario Andretti200.0000.0016.6700.0000.001.33
199116Mika Hakkinen1600.0000.0000.0000.0016.251.25
196410Jochen Rindt100.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
195811Graham Hill900.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
197816Nelson Piquet500.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
197215Jody Scheckter100.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
200122Fernando Alonso1700.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
19559Jack Brabham100.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
197816Keke Rosberg1300.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
199217Damon Hill800.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
197116Niki Lauda100.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
198016Nigel Mansell300.0000.0000.0000.0000.000.00
About facts-figures section

All the articles in this section follow the statistical data.

In this section, I'm just trying to find some pattern from a statistical point of view compared to the results from Formula1.