The driver grid is confirmed, the cars have been unveiled and the teams have tested their new models – this means only one thing, the 2019 Formula 1 season is ready to start.

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton come into the new campaign as the reigning constructors’ and drivers’ champions respectively, but title rivals Ferrari have impressed in pre-season testing.

The Scuderia will be hoping for a fast start to the season for their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen is also tipped to challenge in 2019.

Five-time world champion Hamilton believes Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will again lead from the front, but the British driver expects the midfield teams to close the gap.

Hamilton told the Daily Express: “I think it is the three teams [that will remain at the front], but also the teams at the back have closed up as far as I’m aware.

“Maybe we will see some races where Renault or Racing Point will be a lot higher than they were in the past.”

When is the first race?

The first F1 grand prix of the 2019 season takes place on Sunday 17 March at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. The race starts at 6.10am (GMT) and is live on Sky Sports. 

Key dates in 2019

F1 will celebrate a milestone this year when its 1,000th race is held at the Chinese Grand Prix on 14 April. The final grand prix of the season will be in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 1 December.

  • 17 March: Australian Grand Prix (first race of the season) 
  • 14 April: Chinese Grand Prix (1,000th F1 GP) 
  • 14 July: British Grand Prix, Silverstone 
  • 1 December: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (final race of the season)

2019 Formula 1 season guide

Here we look at the 2019 driver line-ups, grand prix calendar, TV coverage and championship betting odds.  

Team names, drivers and numbers
  • Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport: #44 Lewis Hamilton and #77 Valtteri Bottas 
  • Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow: #5 Sebastian Vettel and #16 Charles Leclerc 
  • Aston Martin Red Bull Racing: #10 Pierre Gasly and #33 Max Verstappen 
  • Renault F1 Team: #3 Daniel Ricciardo and #27 Nico Hulkenberg 
  • Rich Energy Haas F1 Team: #8 Romain Grosjean and #20 Kevin Magnussen 
  • McLaren F1 Team: #4 Lando Norris and #55 Carlos Sainz 
  • SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team: #11 Sergio Perez and #18 Lance Stroll 
  • Alfa Romeo Racing: #7 Kimi Raikkonen and #99 Antonio Giovinazzi 
  • Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda: #26 Daniil Kvyat and #23 Alexander Albon 
  • Williams Racing: #88 Robert Kubica and #63 George Russell
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2019 engine providers
  • Mercedes engines: Mercedes, Racing Point, Williams 
  • Ferrari engines: Ferrari, Haas, Alfa Romeo Racing 
  • Renault engines: Renault, McLaren 
  • Honda engines: Red Bull, Toro Rosso
When is the first grand prix?

There will be 21 races on the 2019 F1 schedule, with the first grand prix taking place in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday 17 March.

When is the 2019 British GP?

The 2019 F1 British Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday 14 July at Silverstone. It may be the final British GP held at the circuit. See silverstone.co.uk for ticket details.

1,000th F1 grand prix

This year’s Chinese Grand Prix will mark a major milestone in the history of Formula 1 – the sport’s 1,000th world championship race. The 2019 Chinese GP takes place on 14 April at the Shanghai International Circuit.

When does the 2019 F1 season end?

The final race of the season will be the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday 1 December at Yas Marina Circuit.

Silverstone’s contract to host the F1 British Grand Prix expires after the 2019 race

2019 F1 grand prix calendar and start times

F1 Australian Grand Prix
  • When: 17 March 
  • Where: Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
  • Race start time: 6.10am (all times UK)
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
  • When: 31 March 
  • Where: Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
  • Race start time: 4.10pm
F1 Chinese Grand Prix
  • When: 14 April 
  • Where: Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China
  • Race start time: 7.10am
F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
  • When: 28 April 
  • Where: Baku street circuit, Azerbaijan  
  • Race start time: 1.10pm
F1 Spanish Grand Prix
  • When: 12 May 
  • Where: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
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F1 Monaco Grand Prix
  • When: 26 May 
  • Where: Monaco street circuit, Monte Carlo
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 Canadian Grand Prix
  • When: 9 June 
  • Where: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
  • Race start time: 7.10pm
F1 French Grand Prix
  • When: 23 June 
  • Where: Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 Austrian Grand Prix
  • When: 30 June 
  • Where: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 British Grand Prix
  • When: 14 July
  • Where: Silverstone, England
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 German Grand Prix
  • When: 28 July 
  • Where: Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix
  • When: 4 August 
  • Where: Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary  
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 Belgian Grand Prix
  • When: 1 September 
  • Where: Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 Italian Grand Prix
  • When: 8 September 
  • Where: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy  
  • Race start time: 2.10pm
F1 Singapore Grand Prix
  • When: 22 September 
  • Where: Marina Bay, Singapore
  • Race start time: 1.10pm
F1 Russian Grand Prix
  • When: 29 September 
  • Where: Sochi Autodrom, Russia
  • Race start time: 12.10pm
F1 Japanese Grand Prix
  • When: 13 October 
  • Where: Suzuka, Japan  
  • Race start time: 6.10am
F1 Mexican Grand Prix
  • When: 27 October 
  • Where: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico  
  • Race start time: 7.10pm
F1 United States Grand Prix
  • When: 3 November 
  • Where: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, US
  • Race start time: 7.10pm
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix
  • When: 17 November 
  • Where: Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Race start time: 5.10pm
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • When: 1 December 
  • Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Race start time: 1.10pm
Ferrari SF90 2019 F1 car

F1 2019 TV coverage in the UK

What TV channel is F1 on in 2019?

Sky Sports F1 will show every race live in 2019. Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 champion, joins the Sky Sports presenting team.

Channel 4 will show the British Grand Prix live on 14 July and will broadcast highlights of the other 20 races.

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F1 2019 predictions

  • Drivers’ champion: Lewis Hamilton 
  • Constructors’ champion: Scuderia Ferrari 
  • Surprise package: George Russell and Williams

F1 fan Cameron Tait, TheWeek.co.uk’s motoring editor, says: “The 2019 Formula 1 season will bear witness to one of the biggest shake-ups to the driver market the sport has ever seen. The most noteworthy transfer, though, is former Sauber star Charles Leclerc replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.

“The Monegasque driver often found himself punching well above his weight in 2018 and maintained a level head in races where other youngsters may have faltered. Now in a race-winning team, he’ll no doubt cause teammate Sebastian Vettel and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton a few headaches in 2019.

“Further down the field are a trio of rookie drivers who are all set to star in the new season. Formula 2 champion George Russell heads to Williams, Lando Norris joins McLaren and Alexander Albon has signed for Toro Rosso.

“They may be in slower cars, but they are their respective teams’ best hope at scoring big results.”

Carlos Sainz drives the McLaren MCL34 during the second pre-season test in Barcelona

2019 F1 betting odds

Prices according to Oddschecker (as of 1 March 2019).

2019 F1 drivers’ championship winner
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 11/10 
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 5/2 
  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): 6/1
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 9/1  
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes): 25/1 
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull): 50/1
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Renault): 80/1 
  • Carlos Sainz (McLaren): 250/1
  • Nico Hulkenberg (Renault): 250/1
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing): 300/1 
  • Kevin Magnussen (Haas): 300/1  
  • Robert Kubica (Williams): 500/1  
  • Lando Norris (McLaren): 600/1
  • Sergio Perez (Racing Point): 600/1
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas): 600/1 
  • Lance Stroll (Racing Point): 750/1 
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing): 1,000/1 
  • Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 1,000/1 
  • George Russell (Williams): 1,000/1 
  • Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso): 1,000/1
2019 constructors’ championship winner
  • Mercedes: 9/10
  • Ferrari: 17/10 
  • Red Bull: 6/1
  • Alfa Romeo Racing: 300/1
  • Racing Point: 300/1
  • McLaren: 350/1
  • Haas: 350/1
  • Toro Rosso: 500/1
  • Renault: 500/1
  • Williams: 1,000/1



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