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Formula 1's new and returning drivers for 2019

George Howson
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699   //    21 Jan 2019, 00:05 IST

It's all change at Toro Rosso in 2019
It's all change at Toro Rosso in 2019

Between 2017 and 2018, Formula 1's line-up of drivers remained unusually constant, but that's altered drastically for 2019. There have been huge moves for the top teams, with Ferrari and Red Bull both welcoming new drivers to their race seats, which has meant there are naturally fresh faces further down the grid.

There are also quite a few familiar faces that we didn't see in 2018, and one that will be making his first Grand Prix start for the first time in almost a decade in Australia. There are three rookies and three returning drivers in total to run through, so there's plenty of profiles to familiarise yourselves with before Melbourne rolls around.

Lando Norris

Norris is one of two British F1 rookies in 2019
Norris is one of two British F1 rookies in 2019

Team: McLaren

Age: 19

Experience: Rookie

Race Number: #4

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up gets his chance with McLaren for 2019, replacing the British outfit's previous young hot-shot, Stoffel Vandoorne. With Carlos Sainz as a team-mate, Lando Norris won't be expected to lead the team to any sort of glory anytime soon, but the British driver has shown excellent speed and race craft in his junior career.

At 19-years-old, he'll be the youngest driver on the grid in Melbourne, but the teenager has a very mature head on his shoulders and has been with the papaya-coloured team for a number of years now.


With Lewis Hamilton ageing (but by no means losing his speed) many people in the UK are wondering where their next world champion will come from, and this young man is without a doubt in the frame.

He's not the only one mind you, but expect him to have a solid if not spectacular first season, with potential flashes of brilliance, he's definitely got time on his side to improve, though.

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