F1 2019 Season Open in Australia this Week

F1 2019 Season Open in Australia this Week

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The 2019 F1 season kicks off in Australia this week, with Lewis Hamilton chasing a 6th drivers’ championship.

Here we run through the Key changes, driver line-ups, dates for your diary and the best Opta facts ahead of lights out at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

KEY CHANGES

The driver market was particularly active ahead of the Y 2019 season, with a number of high-profile moves made. Charles Leclerc heads to Ferrari, with Kimi Raikkonen now driving for Alfa Romeo, while Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault gives Pierre Gasly the chance to shine with Red Bull Racing. Only MercedesAMG and Haas will field unchanged driver line-ups this season.

Red Bull Racing will use Honda power for the 1st time, bringing them in line with junior team Toro Rosso.

Sauber is now known as Alfa Romeo, while Racing Point begin their 1st full season after taking over Force India last year.

Changes to how the weight of a car and driver are calculated mean heavier drivers, such as Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, will no longer be at a disadvantage.

An increase in fuel allowance from 105kg to 110kg means drivers will be able to push for longer and reduce the need to save fuel by coasting.

Drivers will wear bio-metric gloves that will transmit data to on-site medical staff. New helmet standards are aimed at giving extra protection to drivers’ heads.

Wider and higher front and rear wings will make it easier for chasing cars to follow the driver in front of them.

The names hypersoft, ultrasoft and supersoft for tire compounds have been scrapped. The compounds themselves remain, but on any given race weekend, teams will choose from a hard (white), medium (yellow) and soft (red) tire, the move is aimed at making strategy simpler to understand.

A Chequered Flag will still be waved, but the official end-of-race signal will be a chequered light panel, after the flag was waved a lap early in Canada last year.

THE DRIVERS

MercedesAMG
Lewis Hamilton (GBR)
Valtteri Bottas (FIN)

Ferrari 
Sebastian Vettel (GER)
Charles Leclerc (MON)

Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen (NED)
Pierre Gasly (FRA)

Renault  
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)
Nico Hulkenberg (GER)

Haas  
Romain Grosjean (FRA)
Kevin Magnussen (DEN)

McLaren  
Carlos Sainz (ESP)
Lando Norris (GBR)

Racing Point  
Sergio Perez (MEX)
Lance Stroll (CAN)

Alfa Romeo 
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)
Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA)

Toro Rosso  
Daniil Kvyat (RUS)
Alexander Albon (THA)

Williams 
Robert Kubica (POL)
George Russell (GBR)

THE CALENDAR

March 17 – Australia
March 31 – Bahrain
April 14 – China
April 28 – Azerbaijan
May 12 – Spain
May 26 – Monaco
June 9 – Canada
June 23 – France
June 30 – Austria
July 14 – Great Britain
July 28 – Germany
August 4 – Hungary
September 1 – Belgium
September 8 – Italy
September 22 – Singapore
September 29 – Russia
October 13 – Japan
October 27 – Mexico
November 3 – USA
November 17 – Brazil
December 1 – UAE

KEY OPTA FACTS

MercedesAMG (2014-2018) are 1 title away from equaling Ferrari (1999-2004) as the team with the most back-to-back F1 constructors’ titles (six).

If MercedesAMG win 13 races in Y 2019, they will become the 4th team to reach 100 wins in F1.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has reached the podium at 24 of the 26 different Grands Prix he has raced. If he makes the podium at France and Azerbaijan races this year, Seb will be the driver with the most podiums in different F1 Grands Prix in alongside Kimi Raikkonen (26).

If Kimi Raikkonen (292) races all the Grands Prix this season, he will surpass Fernando Alonso (312) as the driver to have raced the 2nd most races in F1 history behind only Rubens Barrichello (323).

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen recorded 11 podiums in Y 2018, as many as in his whole F1 career before that.

Stay tuned…

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