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Bottas has been impressive all season for Williams.
There are several drivers who have impressed so far this season, but they just missed the cut here.
Daniil Kvyat, who turned 20 at the end of April, has scored points in three of his first six F1 races. He is tied in the drivers' standings with his more experienced Toro Rosso teammate, Jean-Eric Vergne, and the young Russian has not looked overwhelmed at all during his rookie campaign.
Jules Bianchi has not had a spectacular year overall—he was last in the championship until Monaco—but his incredible performance in the principality to score Marussia's first-ever points gets him an honourable mention.
With Kimi Raikkonen leaving for Ferrari, Romain Grosjean became the team leader at Lotus this year and was looking to build off a strong finish to the 2013 season. Instead, Lotus missed the first preseason test and has struggled to catch up. Still, Grosjean has dragged his car into eighth place at the last two races, while his teammate, Pastor Maldonado, has not yet threatened to score.
Valtteri Bottas was the closest, of these drivers, to making it into the top five. The 24-year-old Finn has almost twice as many points as his new teammate, Felipe Massa, and finished fifth in Australia and Spain. His first podium finish does not seem far away.
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