Lewis Hamilton has dominated the 2019 Formula 1 season so far with 8 wins, but he hasn’t had it all his own way. Max Verstappen has won two out of the last four races for Red Bull Racing and only narrowly missed out on another victory in Hungary. Can he continue to take the fight to Lewis in the second half of the season? Here’s our mid-season review!
1st, 438 points (Lewis Hamilton, 250 points; Valtteri Bottas, 188 points)
Mercedes have won ten out of twelve races so far in 2019 and a sixth straight Constructors’ World Championship is a virtual certainty for the team that have dominated the turbo-hybrid era since 2014. Valtteri Bottas took the fight to reigning World Champion in the early part of the season with two wins, but since then it’s been all Lewis Hamilton. The Brit has won eight times in 2019 and looks set to win his sixth drivers’ crown, unless Max Verstappen and Red Bull can pull off an unlikely comeback.
2nd, 288 points (Sebastian Vettel, 156 points; Charles Leclerc, 132 points)
It’s been a very disappointing season so far for Ferrari, which has yet to win a race in 2019. They’ve come agonisingly close, however – Charles Leclerc was a handful of laps away from his maiden F1 victory in Bahrain before a mechanical issue dropped him to third, while Sebastian Vettel gave away a certain win in Canada after Lewis Hamilton forced him into an error. Young Monégasque driver Charles Leclerc has impressed many this year with his pace and maturity and is expected to remain with the team next year alongside four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
3rd, 244 points (Max Verstappen, 181 points; Pierre Gasly, 63 points)
It’s been a tale of two halves (of the garage) for Red Bull in 2019. Max Verstappen has cemented his reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in Formula 1 with a series of hugely impressive drives, including two wins and three podiums, while French driver Pierre Gasly has been disappointing. Gasly’s inability to get anywhere near Verstappen has seen him demoted back to Toro Rosso during the summer break, replaced by British-Thai rookie Alexander Albon for the rest of the season. It remains to be seen if Albon will perform any better in such a high-pressure environment.
4th, 82 points (Carlos Sainz Jr, 58 points; Lando Norris, 24 points)
After several very poor seasons which saw the team drop as low as ninth in the Constructors’ Championship, McLaren has finally turned the corner in 2019. Switching from Honda to Renault power last year just as the Japanese engine maker started to deliver results on its return to Formula 1 may not look like the best move in hindsight, but McLaren is now firmly established as ‘best of the rest’ behind the big three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Now in his fifth season, Carlos Sainz Jr. has been particularly impressive, delivering a string of points finishes. Alongside him, 19-year-old rookie Lando Norris has also been fast and consistent. Both drivers have already been confirmed at McLaren for 2020.
5th, 43 points (Daniil Kvyat, 27 points; Alexander Albon, 16 points)
Few would have predicted Toro Rosso being ahead of Renault going into the summer break, but that’s where the small Italian-based team finds itself after a huge points haul in the rain-soaked German Grand Prix. Russian driver Daniil Kvyat has been impressive on his return to Formula 1, scoring points in half of the races to date this year, including that podium in Germany. He’ll be joined by Pierre Gasly for the second half of the season, who swaps places with Alexander Albon at Red Bull.
6th, 39 points (Daniel Ricciardo, 22 points; Nico Hülkenberg, 17 points)
Daniel Ricciardo’s high profile move from Red Bull to Renault has failed to pay dividends so far for the likeable Australian, who has finished no better than sixth in a difficult start to his tenure at the French team. Early-season reliability problems also impacted Ricciardo and teammate Nico Hülkenberg, though the latter must be ruing his unforced error at home in Germany that cost him the chance of a maiden F1 podium.
7th, 32 points (Kimi Räikkönen, 31 points; Antonio Giovinazzi, 1 point)
With a new name and stronger financial backing from parent company Fiat Chrysler, Alfa Romeo has made further progress up the grid in 2019 thanks to a string of consistent results from 39 year-old Kimi Räikkönen. The Finn has made a very welcome return to the team where he made his debut in 2001, finishing in the points eight times so far this season. It’s been harder going for his rookie teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, who has just one point to his name.
8th, 31 points (Lance Stroll, 18 points; Sergio Pérez, 13 points)
The newest name on the grid has picked up where its predecessor – Force India – left off by establishing a solid presence in the F1 midfield. Racing Point hit the ground running in 2019 with points finishes in the first four rounds, but it’s been more challenging since then – notwithstanding Lance Stroll’s excellent fourth place in the 2019 German Grand Prix. Now in his sixth season with the team, Sergio Pérez is a reliable points scorer. Meanwhile, his young Canadian teammate Lance Stroll, driving for the team now part-owned by his father, continues to struggle in qualifying but has impressed many pundits with his racecraft.
9th, 26 points (Kevin Magnussen, 18 points; Romain Grosjean, 8 points)
After finishing a hugely impressive fifth in the Constructors’ Championship last year, 2019 has been a much more challenging year for the only American-based team on the grid. Haas have struggled to find the right race set up for this year’s Pirelli rubber, despite regularly qualifying in the Top 10. Both Haas drivers are yet to be confirmed for 2020, though on recent form, Danish driver Kevin Magnussen looks more likely to retain his seat than Romain Grosjean.
10th, 1 point (Robert Kubica, 1 point; George Russell, 0 points)
There’s little light at the end of the tunnel for Williams, who began the season on the back foot when their car was late to arrive for pre-season testing, and have been stuck at the back of the field since. Recent updates to the FW42 have seen the deficit to the rest of the grid reduced a little, but Robert Kubica and George Russell are still struggling – the Polish driver may have scored a point in Germany, but has not matched his highly-rated young teammate throughout the season.
It’s not too late to join us for some of the most exciting races on the calendar in 2019, including the final two European rounds in Belgium and Italy, the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the double header in Mexico and the USA, and the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Official Ticket Packages are also on sale for select 2020 races, including the new race in Vietnam and the return of the Dutch Grand Prix.