2019 Formula 1 Season Preview

The winter break is over and the new season of Formula 1 begins this weekend in Australia. From an updated season calendar to new regulations and a host of changes on the driver front, here’s a recap of what’s new for 2019.

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New Regulations

This year sees the first steps being taken towards a comprehensive update of the technical regulations for Formula 1, which are expected to take effect in two years. The 2019 cars feature simpler front and rear wings, new barge boards and brake ducts. The fuel allowance has also been increased in a bid to make for better racing. Safety requirements for the drivers have also been strengthened by the introduction of biometric globes and new crash helmet regulations. Learn more on F1.com.

Race Calendar

The 2019 Formula 1 calendar is the equal longest on record, featuring 21 races in 5 continents over the next 8.5 months. Notable races include the sold out Chinese Grand Prix next month, which will be the 1000th Formula 1 race since the advent of the modern World Championship in 1950 and the 2019 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas – get your Official Ticket Package now!

  • 14-17 March: 2019 Australian Grand Prix
  • 28-31 March: 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix
  • 11-14 April: 2019 Chinese Grand Prix
  • 25-28 April: 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • 9-12 May: 2019 Spanish Grand Prix
  • 23-26 May: 2019 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 6-9 June: 2019 Canadian Grand Prix
  • 20-23 June: 2019 French Grand Prix
  • 27-30 June: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 11-14 July: 2019 British Grand Prix
  • 25-28 July: 2019 German Grand Prix
  • 1-4 August: 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix
  • 29 August - 1 September: 2019 Belgian Grand Prix
  • 5-8 September: 2019 Italian Grand Prix
  • 19-22 September: 2019 Singapore Grand Prix
  • 26-29 September: 2019 Russian Grand Prix
  • 10-13 October: 2019 Japanese Grand Prix
  • 24-27 October: 2019 Mexican Grand Prix
  • 31 October - 3 November: 2019 United States Grand Prix
  • 14-17 November: Brazilian Grand Prix
  • 28 November - 1 December: 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Teams & Drivers

The same ten teams take to the grid this year, but there’s been big moves in the driver market. Only two teams, Mercedes and Haas, retain the same two drivers as 2018! The biggest moves have seen Daniel Ricciardo leave Red Bull after five seasons to join Renault, and Charles Leclerc promoted to a race seat with Ferrari after just one year in Formula 1 – he swaps places with Kimi Räikkönen, who returns to the team where his F1 career started in 2001. Three new rookies will also join the grid whilst six drivers, including two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso, depart the sport.

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Mercedes

  • 1st in the 2018 World Championship (11 wins, 655 points)
  • 2019 Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (nr. 44), Valtteri Bottas (77)

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Ferrari

  • 2nd in the 2018 Championship (6 wins, 571 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Sebastian Vettel (5), Charles Leclerc (16)

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Red Bull

  • 3rd in the 2018 Championship (4 wins, 419 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Max Verstappen (33), Pierre Gasly (10).

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Renault

  • 4th in the 2018 Championship (122 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Daniel Ricciardo (3), Nico Hülkenberg (27)

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Haas

  • 2018 Championship position: 5th (93 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Kevin Magnussen (20), Romain Grosjean (8)

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McLaren

  • 6th in the 2018 Championship (62 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Carlos Sainz Jr (55), Lando Norris (4)

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Racing Point

  • 7th in the 2018 Championship (52 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Lance Stroll (18), Sergio Pérez (11)

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Alfa Romeo

  • 8th in the 2018 Championship (48 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Kimi Räikkönen (7), Antonio Giovinazzi (99)

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Toro Rosso

  • 9th in the 2018 Championship (33 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Alexander Albon (23), Daniil Kvyat (26)

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Williams

  • 10th in the 2018 Championship (7 points)
  • 2019 drivers: Robert Kubica (88), George Russell (63)

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