2012’s new boys are not so new

The 2012 season will see several different drivers from last year towards the rear of the grid, but so far only Charles Pic is really a rookie. Next season will see the return of several F1 Drivers:

Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus Renault
Romain Grosjean – Lotus Renault
Pedro De La Rosa – HRT Cosworth
Nico Hulkenberg – Force India Mercedes

Charles Pic and Jean Eric-Vergne will be the only 2 real rookies that start next season with Daniel Ricciardo having had a half season running with HRT. It further highlights the problems rookies face with getting into the sport now with the huge restriction of testing miles. Charles Pic will only get 6 days in the car in Feb having previously only had one day at the young drivers test before the season starts. Michael Schumacher recently stated that the lack of testing has hurt his progress in his comeback and Kimi Raikkonen is planning on jumping in a 2010 Renault in Janurary in prepartion for the season.

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