Rookie Watch 2012

So far the only rookies confirmed for 2012 season are Charles Pic for Marussia Virgin (to be soon renamed Marussia) and Jean-Eric Vergne for ToroRosso. There are also some familiar names returning to F1 in 2012; Kimi Raikkonen ditches Rally to return to F1, Pedro De La Rosa quits being a McLaren reserve driver and gets a race seat at HRT – proving to everyone, it’s never too late to chase your dreams, Romain Grosjean who will partner another returner, Raikkonen at LRGP and Nico Hulkenberg who gets Sutil’s seat at Force India.

For 2011, Charles Pic moved from Arden International GP2 team to Barwa Addax, to partner Giedo van der Garde. He failed to score any points in the Asia series, but scored his second main series win at Catalunya, leading home Van der Garde for an Addax one-two finish. He eventually finished 4th in the championship, three points ahead of Van der Garde.

Pic displaces D’Ambrosio to partner Timo Glock at Marussia Virgin for his Formula 1 debut

Vergne graduated to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series full-time in 2011, switching from Tech 1 Racing to Carlin. In November 2011, Vergne tested the title-winning Red Bull RB7 at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, setting the fastest lap time on all three days.

In December 2011, it was confirmed that Vergne would race for Toro Rosso in the 2012 season, alongside fellow Red Bull Junior Team member Daniel Ricciardo – displacing both Alguersuari and Buemi.


Kimi Raikkonen

Pedro De La Rosa

Romain Grosjean

Nico Hulkenberg

Narain Karthikeyan


Monaco GP

No points from both rookies but Vergne was in 7th place with a few laps to go when his team brought him in for Intermediate tyres and he felt out of points-scoring position

Rookie Table after Monaco GP: VER (4), PIC (0)

Spain GP

No points from both rookies

Rookie Table after Spanish GP: VER (4), PIC (0)

Bahrain GP

No points from both rookies but Pic out-qualified his team-mate Glock

Rookie Table after Bahrain GP: VER (4), PIC (0)

China GP

No points for either rookie from China

Rookie Table after China GP: VER (4), PIC (0)

Malaysia GP

Vergne scored his first 4 WDC points in Sepang, finishing in 8th place

Rookie Table after Malaysia GP: VER (4), PIC (0)

Australia GP

Vergne lost out on his inagural WDC point at the last few metres of the race to Paul di Resta, so finished 11th. Charles Pic finished 14th in a race with 8 retirements and 2 DNS.

Rookie Table after Round 1: VER (0), PIC (0)

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