3 Things to Know About the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship
Each year, the Formula 1 World Championship introduces new changes, drivers and rules. To be as accurate as possible in your betting predictions, you need to gather the best insights on what changes every year, as slight alterations can produce huge performance differences.
Take some time to go through our guide on the 2019 World Championship season. We suggest that you start studying how the changes among the teams and the new regulations will likely affect the rankings, and subsequently, your betting strategy.
Drivers and teams
In 2019, more than half of the slots in the teams are occupied by new racers. Only two teams are keeping the same two drivers as in the 2018 season. Mercedes is staying with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, while Haas is sticking with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
The promotion of Charles Leclerc to Ferrari is one of the biggest and most unexpected changes. Leclerc has only been racing in Formula 1 for one full season. He is the least experienced driver to enter the Ferrari team ever since Gianni Morbidelli almost 30 years ago.
In terms of moves in the opposite direction, we have Kimi Raikkonen. He is going back to Sauber 18 years after his initiation with the team, a change that very few F1 fans saw coming.
Daniel Ricciardo stepped out of the Red Bull team last year and moved into Renault. It was perhaps the biggest surprise of the season. Now, Pierre Gasly is substituting for Ricciardo. Gasly has just a little more experience than Charles Leclerc and is equally moving up the teams already.
The new names for the Toro Rosso team are Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon. Williams welcomes Robert Kubica and George Russell. Meanwhile, Antonio Giovinazzi and Lando Norris enter the Sauber and McLaren teams, respectively.
Red Bull has switched from Renault to Honda power units. This shift leaves McLaren as the only client team for Renault. Force India has gone through changes in ownership. Because of that, the team is rebranding and has adopted the name Racing Point.
New regulations in Formula 1 allow for cars with wider front wings. However, they must also be simpler. This measure was implemented in hopes of promoting better and fairer racing, in which cars can race closer to one another.
Many experts doubt that the wider front wings will have any significant impact, though.
The back of the cars also looks different, as they need to carry lights facing rearwards to improve and enhance visibility.
In the 2019 World Championship season, there is a new minimum weight requirement. The weight of the driver plus their seat and equipment must reach a sum of at least 176 pounds (80 kilograms).
This requirement stems from the fact that taller and heavier racers can have a slight disadvantage.
There is more fuel available for the races in this year’s championship, as drivers can now count with 242.5 pounds of fuel (110 kilograms), an increase of 11 pounds.
Your betting success rate will increase as you get more and more knowledgeable on everything surrounding the Formula 1 World Championship.