5 Things you need to know about the 2019 Formula 1 Grand Prix
Each year, the opening of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in March brings with it a host of new changes, as well as a roster of expectations. While this season is no exception, fans will note that this time around is quite interesting as it isn’t just a brand new year for F1 but a seemingly new era for the sport. Yes, the pinnacle of motor racing brings with it some developments to hopefully spice things up for the drivers, teams, and the fans.
In a nutshell, the new season will usher in a sea of new faces, a batch of new teams, and a set of rules that will change the way we see Formula 1 as spectators. Here are 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Formula 1 Grand Prix:
1/5 It used to be that Honda-engined race cars weren’t the best option on the grid
Case in point was the Mclaren-Honda team up in 2015. But times seem to be changing, especially when Toro Rosso used the Japanese company’s motors to power their way to 4th place finishes, such as the one in Bahrain. So it’s quite surprising for Red Bull to enlist the services of the automaker for its engines. But with its Renault powerplants proving to be not-so-reliable, not to mention the power deficit it brought to the table recently, it might just be worth the gamble. Of course, this remains to be seen.
2/5 A champion returns
It was in 2010 when Robert Kubica bid farewell to the grid and decided to watch from the sidelines. After 9 long years, he returns with a vengeance, this time moving from Renault to Williams. Alongside Formula 2 champion George Russel, he hopes to liven up the team and help bring it up the grid and earn some points.
3/5 A new face at Scuderia Ferrari
Talk has been going around for quite some time that a new face will be joining Scuderia Ferrari this 2019. True enough, Charles Leclerc from Sauber will suit up for one of the top teams in the F1 grid. While the sophomore driver showed the world that he can hack it during his rookie year, he does have a tall order ahead of him. Not only will he be part of one of the most storied teams in F1. He will likewise be racing alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. But if last year was any indication, he should be able to do the job quite well.
4/5 New rules
It’s not just new faces that will be seen once the lights go out in Australia this March. A set of new rules will be in place designed to close the gap between cars on track. The new front wings, for instance, as well as taller rear wings and smaller brake ducts are all meant to provide less drag and help with overtaking. This should make the races just a tad more entertaining.
5/5 Now on its 1,000th
It all began in 1950 at the British Grand Prix. After nearly 70 years, Formula will mark its 1,000th world championship race during the Chinese Grand Prix this year. The milestone race doesn’t just celebrate the number of races that have been run. It likewise showcases just how far the sport has gone in terms of technology and other aspects.
Yes, 2019 looks to be an exciting year for Formula 1. And we haven’t even begun. Catch the action on the 16th of March when the lights go out in Melbourne, Australia.