The 2019 season was all about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes as they combined for more world championship success – and he also ensured his stranglehold over teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton’s razing run to a sixth drivers’ title would have seemed a distant prospect for the Briton considering how the season began way back in March, when Bottas ran rampant in Melbourne to trigger the ‘Bottas 2.0’ moniker.
From there, a litany of crucial errors, poor luck and sheer dominance by Hamilton led to Bottas finishing a distant second in the standings. Regardless, it was the Finn’s best season yet – but there’s a long way to go, with improvement needed, if he’s serious about usurping Hamilton.
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Max Verstappen proved his top dog status at Red Bull by defeating both Pierre Gasly and mid-season replacement Alex Albon in qualifying and race head-to-heads. Three wins, two poles and nine podiums helped the Dutchman to third in the standings.
Behind him, the Ferrari battle over one lap went the way of young gun Charles Leclerc. However, despite finishing 24 points down on his junior teammate, Sebastian Vettel still won the race head-to-head in 2019 in Scuderia red.
In the midfield, Carlos Sainz – who was sixth in the standings – took the honours at McLaren over Lando Norris, despite the British rookie winning the qualifying battle on the very last attempt.
Meanwhile, there were runaway wins at Renault (Daniel Ricciardo), Racing Point (Sergio Perez), Alfa Romeo (Kimi Raikkonen) and Williams (George Russell), while the Haas battle went down the wire.
FINAL 2019 TEAMMATE RACE HEAD-TO-HEADS
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton 15-6 Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel 11-9 Charles Leclerc*
Red Bull: Max Verstappen 8-1 Alex Albon; Max Verstappen 11-1 Pierre Gasly**
McLaren: Carlos Sainz 10-11 Lando Norris
Renault: Daniel Ricciardo 11-7 Nico Hulkenberg***
Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat 4-5 Pierre Gasly; Daniil Kvyat 8-4 Alex Albon**
Racing Point: Sergio Perez 16-5 Lance Stroll
Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen 17-4 Antonio Giovinazzi
Haas: Kevin Magnussen 11-9 Romain Grosjean****
Williams: George Russell 17-3 Robert Kubica*****
*both drivers failed to finish in Brazil, no score awarded
**Albon and Gasly swapped prior to the Belgian Grand Prix
***both drivers failed to finish in Bahrain and Germany and both cars DSQ in Japan; no scores awarded
****both drivers failed to finish in Great Britain; no score awarded
*****both drivers failed to finish in Russia; no score awarded