I didn’t think 2019 could top 2018 being a Mercedes-Benz/Lewis Hamilton fan but it has been amazing. A 6 time World Champion and now only ONE WDC behind the best we've ever seen in Michael Schmuacher!
The rise of Valtteri Bottas 2.0 has been a breath of fresh air and I’m sure he will continue to take the big fight to Lewis in 2020 and he will run him closer for the title I’m sure. He’s seriously stepped up and is a genuine title challenger now and for the years to come.
We’ve also seen the true emergence of Charles Leclerc & how his partnership with the 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has developed and played out across various scenarios. While their relationship is on a rocky road at this moment in time, I'm sure Mattia Binotto will have the situation under control heading into Abu Dhabi and beyond.
For the first time ever, Scuderia Toro Rosso have secured two podiums in one season as Daniil Kyvat finished 3rd at Hockenheim while Pierre Gasly finished 2nd at Interlagos. They lose their famous name in 2020 as they transition into Scuderia Alpha Tauri so hopefully they can sign off the Toro Rosso name in style in 2 weeks time. 💜
McLaren have seen a true resurgence with the development of both the Renault power unit & their chassis, PLUS, the great partnership of Lando Norris & Carlos Sainz. McLaren secured their first podium since 2014 through the post-race promotion of Sainz & WILL finish 4th in the Constructor’s Championship for the first time in as many years. 🧡
The whole 2nd driver debacle has been painful to watch this season with the demotion and promotion of Alex Albon to Aston Martin RedBull Racing & Pierre Gasly back to Toro Rosso. I know Albon had NO control over the situation but he is the only RedBull backed driver to not win/secure a podium in 2019 though😬 However, overall, RedBull have been truly amazing in their first season using the previously much maligned Honda power units.
Renault have had a tough year. Reliability and driver error have plagued their 2019 progress and I’m sure they’ll be ready for the winter break and will be solely focused on 2020. 💛
Under the Alfa Romeo name, the former Sauber team have had an up and down year. They’ve been unlucky at times it must be said however the team dynamic has worked well & I look forward to seeing what they’ll achieve in 2020🐍
Racing Point have been through a tough year of following the dissolving of Force India. Their Q1 and Q2 performances need to improve to further their opportunities on Sunday's as they have been largely disappointing. Having said that, they’ve generally been hit and miss. I feel in 2020 they’ll be on a better standing and and their chassis will develop seamleslly in coordination with the evolution of the Mercedes power unit.
ROKiT Williams Racing/Haas (Not So Very Rich Energy Haas)... Where do I start describing their seasons...? Know what? I won’t. I’ll allow these emojis to do the talking...😬☠️
BRING ON the Abu Dhabi season finale!