F1’s five rookies for 2013: What you need to know

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There are just 22 seats to be had in Formula One this year and three of them have gone to up-and-coming talents who are eager to make names for themselves.

Here’s a quick guide to the five new faces in the F1 field in 2013.

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Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber

  • Like fellow Mexican Sergio Perez he is backed by Escuderia Telmex which enjoys funding from the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim
  • Won two F1 support series in their inaugural years: Formula BMW Europe in 2008 and GP3 in 2010
  • Covered 1,720 miles in pre-season testing – more than any other driver

Valtteri Bottas – Williams

  • A protégé of fellow Finn and two-times world champion Mika Hakkinen
  • Appeared in 15 practice sessions for Williams last year
  • Hasn’t started a race since the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix in November 2011

Giedo van der Garde – Caterham

  • At 27 years of age he’s the oldest of F1’s new intake for 2013
  • F1’s first Dutch driver since Christijan Albers started the 2007 British Grand Prix
  • Was team mate to future F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Paul di Resta and Kamui Kobayashi at the ASM team in the 2006 F3 Euro Series
  • Won the 2008 Formula Renault 3.5 championship, then spent four years in top F1 feeder series GP2

Max Chilton – Marussia

  • Started his single-seater career at such a young age he required a special dispensation to compete in the British Formula Three championship
  • Hasn’t won a championship in any of the junior categories he raced in
  • Ended last year’s GP2 championship strongly with victory at Singapore lifting him to fourth overall

Jules Bianchi (pictured) – Marussia

  • Has been a Ferrari Development Driver since 2009 and has extensive experience in their cars
  • Drove in nine practice sessions for Force India last year
  • Narrowly missed out on winning the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 championship following a controversial collision with title rival Robin Frijns
  • Was passed over for the Force India race seat but landed the Marussia drive vacated by Luiz Razia

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.