Get ready for a season to remember
Will 2019 be the year when Ferrari finally manages to stop Mercedes’ run of 5 consecutive constructor titles? Can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton from bagging a 6th World Championship title and becoming the second driver to hold that many trophies? Will Charles Leclerc live up to the hype and prove the world he has what it takes to be a Ferrari driver? It all remains to be seen.
One thing’s for sure. The 2019 Formula 1 season promises to bring back the fun, thrill, and excitement for motor racing fans. That’s because this year has brought forward a true revolution in car aerodynamics. The reason behind this revamp is to increase the number of overtakes, ensure closer racing and maximize the on-track drama.
If you want to get an insider's perspective on what goes on behind the curtains of the Formula 1 circus, make sure to check out Netflix’s documentary Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
The teams and drivers
The team to beat. This year’s driver line-up remains unchanged, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. However, while Hamilton’s position in the team is as solid as can be, his team-mate finds himself under a lot of pressure. Winless in 2018, the Finn could lose his place in the team to reserve driver Esteban Ocon. It remains to be seen if he can up his game or not.
Early season tests placed Ferrari’s 2019 car ahead of its Mercedes counterpart. Whether those results can carry throughout the season or not is a big uncertainty. The drivers responsible for bringing Ferrari back on top are 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, and last year’s revelation, the Monaco-born rookie Charles Leclerc.
2019 may prove to be a transition year for Red Bull. The team has lost two crucial assets in the Renault engines and star driver Daniel Ricciardo. Taking their places is Honda – in terms of engine supplier – and Pierre Gasly – previously of Torro Rosso – as a partner for Max Verstappen.
Having scooped last year’s third-placed driver, Daniel Ricciardo, from under Red Bull’s nose, the French team is hoping to score big. With a power unit that looks ready to challenge at the top, 2019 seems promising for the Ricciardo-Hulkenberg pair.
McLaren still seems to be living on interest from its golden years. However, with Renault engines now replacing the Honda units, the team is hoping to write a new page of F1 history. In terms of drivers, Carlos Sainz partners up with youngster Lando Norris – hailed as a future F1 champion. Keep an eye out for him.
This year, Williams will surely be drawing attention to their drivers. That’s because 2019 marks the return of Robert Kubica who partners up for Williams with F2 champion, George Russel. However, the odds for the once-great British team are not looking good. Their FW42 car was late for pre-season testing. Plus, their technical chief Paddy Lowe took a ‘leave of absence’ on the eve of the 2019 F1 season start.
Rich Energy HAAS
New teams looking to break into the F1 should watch and learn from HAAS. In just 3 years, by using a controversial strategy of building its car from parts of more established teams, the American team has become a real threat to the F1 establishment. For 2019, they’ve added a new sponsor, and HAAS hopes to bring home some strong points finishes – and, perhaps even some podium finishes. With Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as their driver line-up, HAAS has all the ingredients to make it happen.
Racing Point F1
Don’t let the name fool you. Because this is no other than the team formerly known Force India Racing. The team returns with a new name but keeps its pink colors. Taking the drivers seats are Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll – previously from Williams. Expect Racing Point F1 to battle for a mid-season finish.
After making the jump to Red Bull, Pierre Gasly will be replaced by another rookie driver, Alexander Albon. Albon will share the garage with Daniil Kvyat of Russia, who keeps his seat. In terms of engine supplier, the team will pursue its collaboration with the Japanese brand, Honda.
Alfa Romeo Racing
After an unexpectedly good 2018 season where Alfa Romeo acted solely as title sponsor for Sauber F1, the takeover is now complete. The car’s muscle will come from Ferrari, while the showmanship should be well taken care of by Kimi Iceman Raikkonen. At his side will be Antonio Giovinazzi.
The 2019 F1 race calendar
|Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park||Mar 15-17|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||Mar 29-31|
|Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit||Apr 12-14|
|Azerbaijani Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||Apr 26-28|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya||May 10-12|
|Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||May 23-26|
|Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Jun 7-9|
|French Grand Prix||Paul Picard||Jun 21-23|
|Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Jun 28-30|
|British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Jul 12-14|
|German Grand Prix||Hockenheimring||Jul 26-28|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||Aug 2-4|
|Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps||Aug 30-Sep 1|
|Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Sep 6-8|
|Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore||Sep 20-22|
|Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||Sep 27-29|
|Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka||Oct 11-13|
|Mexican Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||Oct 25-27|
|United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||Nov 1-3|
|Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos||Nov 15-17|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina||Nov 29-Dec 1|
Free Formula 1 2019 streaming channels
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Here’s a list of channels that offer live online F1 streaming.
|Country where service is available||Streaming channel|
|UK||Channel 4 (Race highlights only + the British GP live)|
|Australia||TenPlay (Race Highlights only & the Australian GP live)|
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Watch Formula 1 online without a cable
With online streaming platforms becoming more and more popular, cutting the cord on your cable TV seems like a natural move.
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|Streaming platform||Price||Free trial||Country where the service
|Sling TV||Starting from $25/mo||7 days||US|
|ESPN+||$5/mo or $50/year||7 days||US|
|PlayStation Vue||Starting from $44.99/mo||5 days||US|
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