F1™ 2019 | Driver Line Up

January 27, 2019 Off By The Badger

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

#44 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR)

#77 - Valtteri Bottas (FIN)

Mercedes will field an unchanged line up for the 2019 season, and this will be the pairs third season together. 2018 couldn't have been any different for Lewis and Valtteri with Hamilton claiming his fifth Championship, Bottas struggled and was resigned to play the wingman role but many view 2019 as make or break for the Finn with Esteban Ocon waiting patiently for a seat.

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow

#5 - Sebastian Vettel (GER)

#16 - Charles LeClerc (MON)

Will Charles LeClerc play the supporting role or will the young driver stake his own claim to be #1? It's a new era for Ferrari with a new team principal at the helm - his first challenge is to set the tone in the Drivers' ranks if they are to end their barren run and put a stop to Mercedes' dominance. Interesting and exciting times ahead for the Scuderia.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

#33 - Max Verstappen (HOL)

#10 - Pierre Gasly (FRA)

Max Verstappen will be hoping to mount his first serious title challenge, and after finishing the season strongly will be hoping to get all the support he needs. Gasly is quick and has made the step up to the Red Bull senior team after some impressive performances. Keep your eye on this one, the elbows will be out before we know it.

Renault F1 Team

#3 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)

#27 - Nico Hulkenberg (GER)

Danny Ric shocked the F1 world after he announced he would be joining Renault last year. The king of overtaking will have his work cut out but Renault have a long lasting pedigree in the sport, don't write them off just yet, we may be seeing a 'shoey' on the podium sooner rather than later.

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

#20 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN)

#8 - Romain Grosjean (FRA)

Unchanged line up for Haas heading into 2019 and the American outfit  experienced some good performances in 2018. We expect more of the same in 2019 and the short term goals include a podium finish and a battle for 4th spot in the constructors championship.

McLaren F1 Team

#55 - Carlos Sainz (SPA)

#4 - Lando Norris (GBR)

F1 needs McLaren to be back to their best. There's something not right about seeing a McLaren fight it out at the bottom of the grid. Alonso's gone and it's a fresh line up for the Woking team. Norris makes his debut in F1 as Carlos Sainz makes the switch from Renault. We all dream of seeing the McLaren's battle it out with the Ferrari's but that seems a couple of years away at least.

Racing Point F1 Team

#11 - Sergio Perez (MEX)

#18 - Lance Stroll (CAN)

Debut year for the Racing Point F1 team, formerly Force India. After the take over from Stroll Snr, Lance made the inevitable switch from Williams ousting Esteban Ocon in a very publicized switch. They always seem to impress given their limited resources and it will be interesting to see how this dynamic pans out.

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

#7 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)

#99 - Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA)

It's an emotional return for Kimi Raikkonen at Sauber, and all eyes will be on the oldest member on the grid because if Charles LeClerc could grind out some impressive result, you can bet Kimi will be thereabouts. Giovinazzi debuts as the sole Italian on the grid and he will hope to take in as much as he can from his veteran colleague on the grid. Kimi on the podium one last time? Don't bet against it.

RedBull Toro Rosso Honda

#26 - Danill Kvyat (RUS)

#23 - Alexander Albon (GBR)

Another squad with a fresh line up sees Danill Kvyat, the Russian torpedo return to F1 and another debut in the sport sees Alexandar Albon make the step up from F2. Kvyat will be quick and he will be right in the thick of it, Vettel take note.

Williams Racing

#88 - Robert Kubica (POL)

#63 - George Russel (GBR)

Another legendary team that needs to be up there is Williams. A dissapointing 2018 sees them line up with two new drivers. An emotional and very welcome return sees Robert Kubica line up alongside the 2018 F2 Champion George Russel. The Brit is very highly rated and we will keep an eye on the Mercedes driver who will be looking at the vulnerable Bottas seat if he can impress.

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