It doesn't matter how strong or weak you are in the junior formulas - it's how you perform in Formula 1 that will define your career. The top three drivers from last year's Formula 2 championship all made their first grand prix start in 2019 with various levels of experience and expectation. Would they handle the pressure and, in the case of all three, a quick team-mate?
Five months on and they are into the second halves of their debut years. Alex Albon has found himself promoted into a top team, Lando Norris has more than justified McLaren's faith in him and George Russell has impressed greatly in adversity at Williams. But which of them has been the standout?
In terms of prior track time coming into Australia, Norris had the most F1 experience (despite only being 19), but by driving for McLaren he's also ended up in one of the best cars in the midfield as 2019 proved to be a turnaround season for his team.