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Which Formula 1 Rookie Class Is the Best Ever?

There have been plenty of memorable rookie seasons in Formula One history, from Jackie Stewart's five podiums in 1965 to Jacques Villeneuve pushing Damon Hill to the wire in 1996 to Lewis Hamilton's remarkable podium streak that left him one point short of the title in 2007. But not every future star shines so brightly in their rookie season. Some, such as Fernando Alonso, start their careers in uncompetitive cars. Or others, such as Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, make their debuts partway through a season, limiting the number of races they start in their first year. But the point of this article is not to determine which drivers were the best in their rookie seasons, rather looking at each rookie class as a whole and de...

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