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F1: 2019 Driver Line-Up Predictions 

Sayed Afif
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Daniel Ricciardo's deal with Red Bull comes to an end after 2018 season

The summer break is coming to an end, 12 of the 21 races are over, and Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 24 points in the Championship Standings. A lot of things have happened in the summer break, as Daniel Ricciardo shocked everyone by deciding to leave Red Bull Racing team and joining Renault next year, Fernando Alonso announcing that he would not be racing in F1 again in 2019, Force India being bought by Lance Stroll's father, Pierre Gasly being promoted to the senior RedBull team ahead of Carlos Sainz, and Sainz himself joining McLaren to replace Fernando.

There are still a few more places up for grabs, as Haas, Force India, Sauber, and Williams haven't even confirmed both their drivers for the next season, and there is one seat available in Ferrari, McLaren, and Toro Rosso. There are some drivers who have a lot to prove in the second half of the F1 calendar, while there are a lot of young prodigies, waiting for their chance in the grandest stage of racing. Let us look at how the teams are likely to stack up next year.



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Will Robert Kubica complete his fairytale comeback by driving in F1 next year?

Current Driver's lineup for 2018:

Will Robert Kubica complete his fairytale comeback by driving in F1 next year?

Current Driver's lineup for 2018:

Lance Stroll ( CAN )

Sergey Sirotkin (RUS)

Williams has had a disastrous 2018 till now and is not looking to make any progress anymore. With a very young, and a debatable driver lineup, Williams has looked really weak. Both their drivers are termed by many as "pay drivers" as they brought huge sponsorships along with them, and with a driver as good as Robert Kubica being the reserve driver, expect some changes next year for sure.

Lance Stroll is most likely to be leaving Williams very soon, in fact as early as the Italian Grand Prix, and that seat may be filled by Robert Kubica for the rest of the 2018 season. Williams hasn't been financially very stable recently and with Sergey Sirotkin comes sponsors, so they would not like to remove him from the seat.

Robert Kubica may complete his fairytale comeback this season, but it will be very difficult for him to keep a seat next year again with Mercedes pushing for one of their junior drivers to be part of the Williams F1 team.

Expected Driver's lineup for 2019:

Sergey Sirotkin (RUS)

Esteban Ocon (FRA)

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