The roll call for the 2019 Formula One World Championship has been confirmed after Lance Stroll completed next season’s drive puzzle announcing his move to the Silverstone-based team during the weekend.
A total of twelve driver changes have painted 2019’s season with four rookies arriving to the world championship, six jumping ship plus the return of former Red Bull Racing driver Daniil Kvyat and 33-year old, Robert Kubica.
Only two teams remain unchanged from this year being Mercedes and Haas, now known as Rich Energy Haas F1 Team after their latest title sponsor deal.
The well-known Force India name will become history with the brand-new consortium – led by Lance Stroll’s father Lawrence – rebranding to Racing Point F1 Team for next season and beyond.
The news of the name change came soon after the pink outfit team revealed Stroll would join the team in place of Esteban Ocon, who has been thrown out of the big smoke after only two and half years in the sport.
Esteban takes on the roll as Mercedes’ reserve and test driver next year as he keeps his eyes peeled for any available race seats in the following season.
Meanwhile, F1’s handful of incoming driver’s elected their permanent race numbers for their Formula 1 campaign with Lando Norris donning the #4 – previously held by Max Chilton during his time at Manor, George Russell selecting #63, Kubica opting for #88 – held formerly by Rio Haryanto (another former Manor driver) and Antonio Giovinazzi choosing to wear #99 – last raced by Adrian Sutil during his time at Sauber.
Alexander Albon is still yet to have picked a number due to his late callup to the Toro Rosso team while Kvyat will retain his beloved #26 since his last race start was less than two years ago.
In the engine department, Red Bull Racing’s move to Honda confirms the team will run as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – Honda unlike previous seasons where the team badged their engines as Tag Heuer.
Below is the full entry list for the 2019 season:
|Car #||Driver name||Company name||Team name||Chassis Name||Engine Name|
|44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes||Mercedes|
|77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes||Mercedes|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari SPA||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||Ferrari||Ferrari|
|16||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari SPA||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||Ferrari||Ferrari|
|33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Limited||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing||Honda|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing Limited||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing||Honda|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault Sport Racing Limited||Renault F1 Team||Renault||Renault|
|27||Nicolas Hulkenberg||Renault Sport Racing Limited||Renault F1 Team||Renault||Renault|
|8||Romain Grosjean||Haas Formula LLC||Rich Energy Haas F1 Team||Haas||Ferrari|
|20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Formula LLC||Rich Energy Haas F1 Team||Haas||Ferrari|
|55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren Racing Limited||McLaren F1 Team||McLaren||Renault|
|4||Lando Norris||McLaren Racing Limited||McLaren F1 Team||McLaren||Renault|
|11||Sergio Perez Mendoza||Racing Point UK Limited||Racing Point F1 Team||Racing Point||Mercedes|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point UK Limited||Racing Point F1 Team||Racing Point||Mercedes|
|7||Kimi Raikkonen||Sauber Motorsport AG||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||Sauber||Ferrari|
|99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Sauber Motorsport AG||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||Sauber||Ferrari|
|26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso S.P.A||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Honda|
|TBA||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso S.P.A||Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Honda|
|63||George Russell||Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited||Williams Racing||Williams||Mercedes|
|88||Robert Kubica||Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited||Williams Racing||Williams||Mercedes|
Images via Racing Point F1 Team