Robert Kubica

Team: BMW Sauber
Age: 24
Debut: Hungary '06
Starts: 56
Wins: 1
Poles: 1
Fastest laps: 0
'08 position: 4th

The Pole made little effort to hide his displeasure at what he felt was insufficient backing for his title bid last year, but says that the differences have been patched up. Widely regarded as one of the quickest on the grid, and psychologically well-equipped for a title battle - but will his height count against him in the super weight-sensitive KERS era?

Kubica is one of the most committed men in the field, and his raw aggression should help pay dividends with the return of slick tyres this year. If BMW Sauber can provide him with the machinery, then there is little doubt Kubica is good enough to take the team all the way to the title.