Ranking the Best and Worst Formula 1 Rookies in History

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Ranking the Best and Worst Formula 1 Rookies in History
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Hamilton celebrates victory in Japan in 2007

With two new drivers so far confirmed on the grid for 2014 and one more possibly to follow, the new drivers will be under pressure to perform.

Kevin Magnussen was a surprise choice for McLaren to replace Sergio Perez, and he told Pablo Elizalde of Autosport that he can take positives from what Lewis Hamilton achieved in his remarkable debut season with the team:

The fact that Lewis did exactly what I'm doing now is a positive for me. It shows that the team has been there before, and has already prepared a rookie for his grand prix debut. The fact that Lewis was so successful doesn't raise the pressure for me, it just shows that it can be done, and that you can be successful as a rookie. That's really encouraging.

Joining Magnussen as a new boy on the 2014 grid is young Russian and reigning GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat, who will race for Toro Rosso.

Being a rookie driver is a double-edged sword. Succeed as Hamilton did in 2007 and your career could be said. Fail dismally and you could be out of a drive before you know it.

Here are five drivers Magnussen and Kvyat will be keen to emulate and five they will be desperate not to.

Let’s start with the cream of the crop.

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