The most inspired teams - rookie driversi About facts-figure section.
Every season, drivers debut in Formula 1, but how inspired are the teams' choices regarding debutants.
Some debut for a team and then perform for other teams and others stay with the same team. For example, Sebastian Vettel debuts at BMW Sauber but performs for McLaren, and Jim Clark spends 9 seasons at Lotus.
Which team made the best choices when they chose the debutants? To make a test we will generate reports for each pilot, but we will attribute all performances to the team he debuted with. Even if Vettel had only one race for BMW Sauber, replacing Kubica after the accident in Canada, in this case we will add four drivers' championship titles to BMW Sauber.
|33||Owen Racing Organisation|
Front row start
|12||McLaren||Alain Prost, Jody Scheckter, Lewis Hamilton|
|11||Lotus||Emerson Fittipaldi, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Mario Andretti, Mika Hakkinen, Nigel Mansell|
|6||Alfa Romeo||Giuseppe Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio|
|4||BMW Sauber||Sebastian Vettel|
|3||Williams||Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg|
|3||Owen Racing Organisation||Jackie Stewart|
|2||Brabham||Damon Hill, Denny Hulme|
|2||Toro Rosso||Max Verstappen|
|1||Ecurie Bonnier||Phil Hill|
|1||Harry Stiller Racing||Alan Jones|
|1||Rob Walker Racing||Jochen Rindt|
|1||Leslie Hawthorn||Mike Hawthorn|
Lotus is first in the number of rookie drivers and second in the number of future champions: Graham Hill, John Surtess, Jim Clark, Marion Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell and Mika Hakkinen, of whom Jim Clark stayed with Lotus all career winning twice the title of drivers' champion and contributing in the two seasons to the title of constructors' champion.
Williams occupies first place in the number of participations, races finished in points and total points collected in Formula 1, helped by 7 drivers with over 100 participations. It is present in the top 10 in all categories.
McLaren is in first place in the rest of the rankings. In terms of championships won by drivers, they were propelled to first place by choosing to debut with Lewis Hamilton(7), Alain Prost(4) and Jody Scheckter(1).
Minardi is a team present in all categories in the top 10 except world champions. It should be mentioned that Fernando Alonso made his debut at Minardi in 2001, who would win the championship in 2005 and 2006 at Renault.
We have several teams where a future champion made his debut but they failed to win a single race: Theodore, Sauber, Leslie Hawthorn, Harry Stiller Racing, Ecurie Bonnier, Minardi, Toleman and Ensign.
Ferrari, although a long-lived team in Formula1 is missing from many tops, it seems that the 19 drivers who debuted did not really help the team from this point of view. They are present at the championships won with two by Ascari who obviously debuted for Ferrari at the first race in 1950. The last driver who debuted with Ferrari is Arturo Merzario in 1972, this explains why an old team with presence every season doesn't really is present in this tops.
If we were to choose a podium with the teams that were the most inspired to debut drivers, they would be in alphabetical order Lotus, McLaren and Williams, teams present in the top 10 of all rankings.
It seems that McLaren was the best choice to debut drivers in Formula 1, being in the top 3 in all categories except the number of debutants and participations, but the rest of the categories brought performances including champion titles. The first driver to debut for McLaren was Peter Gethin, at Zandvoort in their 5th F1 season. In the same season, Nanni Galli also debuted for McLaren.
Among the other two teams constantly present in the top 10, we will put Lotus in 2nd place, considering the 11 titles brought compared to 3 for Williams. Besides these, Lotus is above Williams in terms of victories, pole position and front row starts
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