2019 F1 CARS & DRIVERS  Spotter's Guide
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Sebastian Vettel
Born July 3, 1987
Nationality: German
1st Year in F1: 2007
Car # 5
Lewis Hamilton
Born Jan 7, 1985
Nationality: British
1st Year in F1: 2007
Car # 44
Lando Norris
Born Nov 13, 1999
Nationality: British
1st Year in F1: 2019
Car # 4
Romain Grosjean
Born in April 17, 1986
Nationality: French
1st Year in F1: 2009
Car # 8
Valtteri Bottas
Born Aug 28, 1989
Nationality: Finnish
1st Year in F1: 2013
Car # 77
Daniel Ricciardo
Born July 1, 1989
Nationality: Australian
1st Year in F1: 2011
Car # 3
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Technical Director Performance:
Team Principal:   Otmar Szafnauer
Technical Director:  Andrew Green
Sporting Director:  Andy Stevenson
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2019 Ferrari SF90
2019 MCL34
2019 Racing Point RP19
2019 Red Bull RB15
2019 Mercedes W10
2019 Williams FW42
2019 Toro Rosso STR14
Team Principal:   Frédéric Vasseur
2019 Sauber C37
Nico Hülkenberg
Born Aug 19, 1987
Nationality: German
1st Year in F1: 2010
Car # 27
Sergio "Checo" Pérez
Born Jan 26, 1990
Nationality: Mexican
1st Year in F1: 2011
Car # 11
2019 Formula 1 Launch Photos
Drivers & Cars
+ Rule Changes
Each year, every Formula 1 team introduces their
new race cars, liveries and drivers for the year.  

Included here are pictures to help you identify the
cars and drivers for the latest racing season.

You will also learn about new Formula 1 rules that
will affect racing and the design of the race cars.
Previous F1 Launch Photos:
Kimi Räikkönen
Born October 17, 1979
Nationality: Finnish
1st Year in F1: 2001
Car # 7
2019 Formula 1 Launch Dates:

Feb 11
Feb 18
Feb 12
Feb 15
Feb 13
Feb 14
Feb 11
Feb 13
Feb 8
Feb 13
Pierre Gasly
Born Feb 7, 1996
Nationality: French
1st Year in F1: 2018
Car # 10
Car Changes for 2019

F1 is reducing the number of elements allowed on the front wings and banning all the little
winglets and pieces that stick up on the
front wing and front brake ducts.  
The purpose of these and other changes detailed below, is to Remove Downforce and to
Reduce Turbulence for the cars behind, thus making it easier for them to pass.

Brake Ducts:
Winglets are now banned.

Blown Axles are now banned.

Barge Boards:
Lowered 150mm and moved forward 100mm

Front Wing:
Widened by 200mm
moved forward 25mm and raised 25mm
Limiting under-wing strakes to two each side
Deletion of the upper flaps at the outer ends of the wing

Rear Wing:
Raised 50mm to help driver's view.  
Width and depth of wing increased.  
End Plates can no longer have horizontal gills.
End Plate Lights being added (vertical strip lights on each
end of the back of the real wing - to work with taillight)

The DRS opening will be increased from 65mm  to 85mm

Rear View Mirrors:
Repositioned for better rear view visibility and safety

On Board Cameras:
Repositioned for better TV

Halo Fairing:  
Adjusted to ease extraction of a driver
Antonio Giovinazzi
Born December 14, 1993
Nationality: Italian
1st Year in F1: 2019
Car # 99
Rule Changes for 2019

Drivers will now only be allowed to overtake after a safety car period once they have
crossed the start-finish line. Previously they had been allowed to do so at a safety car line.

Teams will now be responsible for initial scrutineering of their cars and must declare that

their cars comply with all safety related matters.

A checkered light panel will be used at the end of the race alongside the traditional flag.

For 2020, the team personnel curfew will increase from eight to nine hours
Max Verstappen
Born: Sept 30, 1997
Nationality: Belgian
1st Year in F1: 2015
Car # 33
Gene Haas
Joe Custer
Guenther Steiner
Rob Taylor
Ben Agathangelou
Alfa Romeo
Toro Rosso
Red Bull
Racing Point
Charles Leclerc
Born Oct 16, 1997
Nationality: Monégasque
First year in F1: 2018
Car # 16
         Driver Changes Between 2018 & 2019

George Russell       - 20 y/o Brit  2018 F2 Champion.                                - Racing for Williams.
Lando Norris           - 19 y/o Brit finished
2nd in 2018 F2.                           - Racing for McLaren.
Alexander Albon     - 22 y/o Thai-Brit finished
3rd in 2018 F2.                     - Racing for Toro Rosso.
Robert Kubica         - 34 y/o Pole raced F1 for Sauber 2006-2010.             - Racing for Williams.
Danill Kvyat              - 24 y/o Russian raced for Toro Rosso 2014-2017.      - Racing for Toro Rosso.

Fernando Alonso         - Has quit F1.                   - Will compete in 2019 Indy 500 & 24 Hours of Daytona.
Marcus Erisson            - Out at Sauber.               - Joining IndyCar series.
Stoffel Vandoorne        - Out at McLaren
Esteban Ocon               - Out at Force India (Racing Point)
Brendon Hartley           - Out at Toro Rosso.

Carlos Sainz Jr         -  Out at Renault.  Moved to McLaren.
Charles Leclerc        - Quit Sauber to joing Ferrari.
Kimi Raikkonen        - Out at Fererari.  Moved to Sauber.
Daniel Ricciardo       - Quit Red Bull to join Renault.
Pierre Gasly               - Quit Toro Rosso to join Red Bull.
Lance Stroll                - Quit Williams to join Racing Point (Force India)

The 2019 VF-19
Kevin Magnussen
born October 5, 1992
Nationality: Danish
1st year in F1: 2014
Car # 20
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Chief Technical Officer:
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Engine Technical Director:
Head of Aerodynamics:
2019 R.S.19
Lance Stroll
Born October 29, 1998
Nationality: Canadian
1st Year in F1: 2017
Car # 18
George Russell
Born February 15, 1998
Nationality: British
First Year in F1: 2019
Car # 63
Robert Kubica
Born December 7, 1984
Nationality: Polish
First Year in F1: 2006
Car # 88
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Carlos Ghosn
Jérôme Stoll
Cyril Abiteboul
Bob Bell
Nick Chester
Rémi Taffin
Marcin Budkowski
Mattia Binotto
Zak Brown
Andreas Seidl
Pat Fry
Andrea Stella
Sir Frank Williams
Claire Williams
Sir Patrick Head
Paddy Lowe
Rob Smedley
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Christian Horner
Adrian Newey
Pierre Waché
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Franz Tost
James Key
Graham Watson
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Niki Lauda
James Allison
Toto Wolff
Andy Cowell
Aldo Costa
Geoffrey Willis
Rob Thomas
Mark Ellis
Mike Elliott
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Alexander Albon
Born March 23, 1996
Nationality: Thai-British
1st Year in F1: 2019
Car # 23
Daniil Kvyat
Born April 26, 1994
Nationality: Russian
1st Year in F1: 2014
Car # 26

Sebastian Vettel
Sergio Perez
Romain Grosjean
Lando Norris
Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen
Nico Hulkenberg
Kimi Raikkonen
Daniil Kvyat
Robert Kubica

Charles Leclerc
Lance Stroll
Kevin Magnussen
Carlos Sainz
Valtterei Bottas
Pierre Gasly
Daniel Ricciardo
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alexander Albon
George Russel
Updated Feb 18, 2019
Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Born: Sep 1, 1994
Nationality: Spanish
1st Year in F1: 2015
Car # 55
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What's in a Name?     Name changes indicate a change in sponsorship or ownership.

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Williams Martini Racing   ................................................
Haas F1 Team   ...............................................................
Racing Point F1 Team
Alfa Romeo Racing
Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow
Renault F1 Team
Williams Racing
Rich Energy Haas F1 Team
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Actual Livery
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New Helmet

The FIA's new standard for  
helmets requires ballistic
protection and a smaller
visor opening.

F1 helmet companies are
Stilo, Bell, Schuberth and