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F1: 5 Driver battles to watch in 2019

Jamie Davies
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1.26K   //    10 Jan 2019, 22:07 IST

Leclerc & Vettel will drive the same car in 2019
Leclerc & Vettel will drive the same car in 2019

The 2019 Formula One Championship is still over two months away but pre-season is just around the corner for new drivers and new teammates to get ready and do battle.

2018 is certainly well behind us now and the question comes up again: of who will knock Mercedes off their perch?

The Silver Arrows have now won both the drivers' and constructors' championship for the last five years starting their dominance in 2014 with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Five years later and no Rosberg have hardly damaged their control of both championships.

The last couple of seasons have seen Scuderia Ferrari have a crack at Mercedes but no luck so far.

2019 is a new era with old faces and new faces forming one of the most exciting drivers' line-ups F1 has ever seen.

There is especially a handful of young drivers that could one day be the next world champion alongside the likes of Hamilton and Vettel.

Here are five possible driver battles ahead of the new season.


#5 Ricciardo vs Hulkenberg

New teammates could become enemies on the track
New teammates could become enemies on the track
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Midway through the 2018 season, many fans were stunned by the news of Daniel Ricciardo saying goodbye to Red Bull after four years in order to join Renault for 2019.

The Aussie certainly showed reasons why he was departing the four-time constructors' champions with the number of problems he had with his RB14 while teammate Max Verstappen was enjoying a run of podium success.

But now Ricciardo will team up with Nico Hulkenberg at Renault.

Both the Aussie and the German are known to be good friends off the track but their relationship will be tested come March when the season begins.

Ricciardo has proven to be a strong character when working alongside Verstappen in the past especially after their crash in Baku during the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

So it may take a lot for Hulkenberg to get under Ricciardo's skin.

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