F1 drivers ahead of the first race of the 2019 season at Albert Park, Melbourne

Top row: Robert Kubica, George Russell, Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen,
Middle row: Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Lando Norris, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg
Bottom row: Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Max Verstappen

In the near future, there will be some women among the all-male driver line up.

Hamilton and Mercedes succeed in their toughest challenge yet by Keith Collantine (RaceFans)

Having largely dominated the V6 hybrid turbo era since it began in 2014, Mercedes were obvious favourites heading into the 2018 season. Ferrari, however, had the hardware to give them a serious run for their money.

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2018 was the first year that I really felt that Lewis Hamilton could lose the F1 world championship. Hopefully, Mercedes and the drivers have learned from the mistakes made and that both drivers and car have improved for 2019. But I must admit it was excited to see some of the races where I was not sure who would stand on the podium, Vettel, Hamilton, Kimi, etc.