F1 DRIVER PROFILES
Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes44
Winner of five world titles in the last six seasons in a dominant run since joining Mercedes. Bidding to join the great Michael Schumacher on seven titles in 2020. The undoubted rockstar of the sport, bringing real glamour to the grid. Hot favourite for another title.
Joined Lewis Hamilton in the prime seat at Mercedes following the retirement of World Champion Nico Rosberg at the end of the 2016 season. Has shown flashes of brilliance but as yet has failed to consistently challenge his dominant team-mate.
Four-times World Champion who has yet to add a fifth crown since he joined Ferrari back in 2015. No longer the undisputed team leader at Maranello with young rival Charles Leclerc proving a strong opponent to him. Much to prove in 2020.
A promising member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, made the widely-expected move to the big garage in Maranello from Sauber after the 2018 season. Showcased his spectacular potential on several occasions in 2019. Has a very bright future ahead of him.
Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull33
A sensational talent and the sport's brightest star right now. Finished a career-best third in the standings in 2019 on the back of three victories and nine podiums. Utterly fearless with a penchant for breathtaking overtakes. A genuine box-office attraction.
Alex AlbonThailandRed Bull23
Promoted to the Red Bull seat from Toro Rosso during the 2019 season, profiting from the much-publicised struggles of Pierre Gasly. Showed flashes of real potential and his team will now expect another big leap forward in performance in 2020.
Brilliantly fast Australian who surprised many by jumping the Red Bull ship in 2018 to sign a two-year deal with Renault. Sensationally talented driver who is widely acclaimed as one of the best on the grid in pound-for-pound terms.
Back in Formula 1 in 2020 after getting the nod to replace Nico Hulkenberg alongside Daniel Ricciardo at Renault. Debut came with Manor in 2016 before he spent two seasons with Force India. Was a reserve driver with Mercedes in 2019.
Frenchman whose F1 career has failed to really hit the heights expected following six podiums with Lotus in 2013. There was much expectation when he led Haas into F1 in 2016, but he has starred more on Netflix than the podium since...Pressure will be on in 2020.
Danish driver who enjoyed a turbulent 2019 along with his team-mate Grosjean. Their multiple collisions - as well as the performance of their car - took management's patience to the brink. Another huge challenge awaits in 2020.
The son of rallying great Carlos Sainz Sr, Carlos Jr was booked for a career in motorsport from an early age. Lost his seat at Renault when Daniel Ricciardo joined the team for 2019, but found a home with McLaren. Sixth in the standings in 2019.
Lando NorrisGreat BritainMcLaren4
Impressed when helping McLaren to a fine fourth-placed finish in the Constructors' standings in 2019. Also struck up a fantastic relationship with Carlos Sainz, something which brought great benefit for the Woking team.
Lance StrollCanadaRacing Point18
The son of Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll, Lance joined the team for 2019 and will retain the seat for 2020. Had two difficult seasons at Williams prior to that. Former member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. Needs to prove his worth in 2020.
Sergio PerezMexicoRacing Point11
A huge name in Mexico but 'Checo' has failed so far to make the leap from midfield mainstay to challenging for a seat with one of the big boys. Has been with the team now known as Racing Poing in its various guises since 2014 - now a veteran of the grid.
Kimi RaikkonenFinlandAlfa Romeo7
Veteran and cult figure on the grid - partly for saying very little! Still can be brilliantly fast on his day and was World Champion with Ferrari back in 2007. Left the sport in 2009 and had brief stints in rallying and NASCAR before returning with Lotus in 2012.
Antonio GiovinazziItalyAlfa Romeo99
F1 future was in huge doubt after a disastrous late crash at Spa in 2019. After that did show some signs of improvement in the closing weeks of the season and retained his seat for 2020. Another product of the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Now rebuilding his F1 career after being demoted from Red Bull in 2016 and then removed from their programme entirely in 2017. Now back where he started with Toro Rosso - his P3 in Germany in 2019 gave the team only their second ever podium.
Struggled mightily after being promoted to the Red Bull seat alongside Max Verstappen for 2019, and subsequently demoted back to Toro Rosso during the summer break. Recaptured his form then, culminating in a brilliant P2 finish in Brazil.
Canadian former test driver for Force India and Renault who has apparently brought significant sponsorship into the Williams team ahead of his debut proper in 2020. Finished second in the Formula 2 standings in 2019. A difficult baptism awaits.
George RussellGreat BritainWilliams63
A member of the Mercedes junior programme, stepped up to F1 with Williams for 2019 after taking the Formula 2 championship. Endured a difficult first season on the grid in an underperforming car, but was clearly superior to team-mate Robert Kubica.