1. Nico Hulkenberg
ART Grand Prix 2009
Championship position: 1st
It took a few races for Hulkenberg to gel with the GP2 car, but once he did he was pretty much unstoppable. The pole and two wins in Germany were the obvious highlight, but even on his off weekends - Monza in particular - he still managed to score points. To win the title as a rookie against such an experienced field seemed like a big ask, but Hulkenberg was more than up to the challenge.
2. Vitaly Petrov
Barwa Addax 2009
Championship position: 2nd
With Romain Grosjean having started the season as title favourite, Petrov began the year being viewed as the guy in the 'other' Barwa Addax car. That only lasted as long as the third round in Turkey, where he pulled out a win and a third, and as the races went by the Russian increasingly looked like the team's lead driver even before Grosjean moved on to bigger things.
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