Everything you need to know about the 2019 Formula One Championship in one place, from the F1 schedule through to detailed driver and team lists.
What an intriguing year we have ahead in the Formula One. The off-season has seen some major driver changes, some key new partnerships between teams and engine suppliers, and a number of debutants lining up on the grid for the first time. Lewis Hamilton will remain the favourite, of course, as he zeroes in on astonishing six world championship. However, he can expect some stiff competition.
Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel are both former world champions who will be lining up on the grid. Young and fast, Max Verstappen has now taken over the lead driver seat at championship challenger Red Bull. While Australia’s only F1 driver, Daniel Ricciardo, is starting anew at Renault, a team with unknown expectations. Can his reputation as the best passer in the field net him a swag of points?
New F1 Qualifying Rules
There was talk at the end of the 2018 championship about changing the F1 rules for qualifying. The idea would have seen four qualifying sessions, with four drivers slipping out of contention in Q1, Q2 and Q3. The final eight drivers would then shoot it out for pole in Q4. This idea has been put on the backburner, however, and will not come into effect during the 2019 F1 season.
In its place, a different rule has come into play. The driver and the team that nails the fastest lap of a race will be awarded one championship point. In order to bank that point, however, they must also finish in the top 10. It’s a rule that use to be in place back during the 1950s and its return should add some intrigue and spice to drivers down the grid.
F1 Points System
The way points are awarded for 2019 will remain the same as it did in seasons 2010 through 2018, with the addition of the fastest lap bonus F1 points handed out to one driver each race. As a result, the F1 points system is as follows.
F1 Schedule and F1 Calendar of Events
Below you will find each and every race from the F1 Schedule. The full F1 Calendar also includes practice sessions and qualifying. While the main race event always unfolds on the Sunday, the first and second F1 practice sessions are on the Friday beforehand. The third and final F1 practice session, and the qualifying session, are on the Saturday.
|1||17-Mar-19||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit||Australia||Sebastian Vettel|
|2||31-Mar-19||Bahrain International Circuit||Bahrain||Sebastian Vettel|
|3||14-Apr-19||Shanghai International Circuit||China||Daniel Ricciardo|
|4||28-Apr-19||Baku City Circuit||Azerbaijan||Lewis Hamilton|
|5||12-May-19||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Spain||Lewis Hamilton|
|6||26-May-19||Circuit de Monaco||Monaco||Daniel Ricciardo|
|7||9-Jun-19||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Canada||Sebastian Vettel|
|8||23-Jun-19||Circuit Paul Ricard||France||Lewis Hamilton|
|9||30-Jun-19||Red Bull Ring||Austria||Max Verstappen|
|10||14-Jul-19||Silverstone Circuit||Great Britain||Sebastian Vettel|
|13||1-Sep-19||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||Belgium||Sebastian Vettel|
|14||8-Sep-19||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Italy||Lewis Hamilton|
|15||22-Sep-19||Marina Bay Street Circuit||Singapore||Lewis Hamilton|
|16||29-Sep-19||Sochi Autodrom||Russia||Lewis Hamilton|
|17||13-Oct-19||Suzuka International Racing Course||Japan||Lewis Hamilton|
|18||27-Oct-19||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||Mexico||Max Verstappen|
|19||3-Nov-19||Circuit of the Americas||USA||Kimi Räikkönen|
|20||17-Nov-19||Autódromo José Carlos Pace||Brazil||Lewis Hamilton|
|21||1-Dec-19||Yas Marina Circuit||Abu Dhabi||Lewis Hamilton|
2019 F1 Drivers List and F1 Teams
Below you will find the drivers and their number of previous starts in F1, the teams, their engines and more.
|Kimi Räikkönen||Finland||291||Alfa Romeo Racing||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||Ferrari 064|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Italy||99||Alfa Romeo Racing||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||Ferrari 065|
|Sebastian Vettel||Germany||219||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||Ferrari 066|
|Charles Leclerc||Monaco||21||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||Ferrari 067|
|Romain Grosjean||France||143||Haas F1 Team||Haas-Ferrari||Ferrari 068|
|Kevin Magnussen||Denmark||81||Haas F1 Team||Haas-Ferrari||Ferrari 069|
|Lando Norris||United Kingdom||0||McLaren F1 Team||McLaren-Renault||Renault E-Tech 19|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||Spain||81||McLaren F1 Team||McLaren-Renault||Renault E-Tech 20|
|Lewis Hamilton||United Kingdom||229||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes||Mercedes M10 EQ Power+|
|Valtteri Bottas||Finland||118||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes||Mercedes M10 EQ Power+|
|Sergio Pérez||Mexico||155||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||BWT Mercedes|
|Lance Stroll||Canada||41||SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||BWT Mercedes|
|Pierre Gasly||France||26||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing-Honda||Honda RA619H|
|Max Verstappen||Netherlands||81||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing-Honda||Honda RA619H|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Australia||150||Renault F1 Team||Renault||Renault E-Tech 19|
|Nico Hülkenberg||Germany||156||Renault F1 Team||Renault||Renault E-Tech 20|
|Alexander Albon||Thailand||0||Toro Rosso Honda||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||Honda RA619H|
|Daniil Kvyat||Russia||82||Toro Rosso Honda||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||Honda RA619H|
|George Russell||United Kingdom||0||ROKiT Williams Racing||Williams-Mercedes||Mercedes M10 EQ Power+|
|Robert Kubica||Poland||76||ROKiT Williams Racing||Williams-Mercedes||Mercedes M10 EQ Power+|
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