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F1: Top 5 Contenders for 2019 Drivers' Championship

Jamie Davies
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3.42K   //    06 Feb 2019, 20:57 IST

Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly
Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly

It's now February which can only mean the pre-season testing is just days away and we're another step closer to the 2019 Formula 1 world championship.

10 teams, 20 drivers will be racing at 21 circuits all over the world to determine who is the best driver in the world.

As always, the main focus will be on the drivers' championship as many will be wondering if anyone can challenge Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes' dominance.

In a way, the new season will be seen as a new era with Fernando Alonso bowing out of the series for new drivers to come in including Lando Norris at McLaren and Charles Leclerc receiving the promotion to Scuderia Ferrari.

It is an exciting season ahead.

Here are five possible contenders for the 2019 F1 world championship...

#5 Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Let's start off with the obvious one of the current world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Last year saw the Briton achieve a 5th world championship making it his 4th driver's title with Mercedes since he joined the Silver Arrows in 2013 after leaving McLaren.


And boy what a decision that proved to be after many feared his decision to leave his boyhood team could have been a bad move.

But here we are six years later - now just two world championships off current record holder Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton is no doubt the favourite to defend his world championship after showing another year of pure masterclass driving.

Ever since rival and ex-teammate Nico Rosberg retired from F1, Hamilton has had another German to fear in Sebastian Vettel.

But after beating the Ferrari man in the last two world championships, many believe the experience and scintillating skills of Hamilton will win once more.

Can anyone stop him?

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