What were the best and worst Formula 1 races of 2019? Here’s how RaceFans readers rated every round of the 2019 championship.
2019 French Grand Prix
3.5 out of 10
Paul Ricard’s second race since its return to the calendar did not inspire much excitement. Mercedes coasted to a one-two finish and their eighth win in a row at the start of the season. Only two things interrupted the tedium: A Virtual Safety Car due to debris on track, and a lively four-way final lap battle involving both Renaults, Lando Norris and Kimi Raikkonen.
2019 Canadian Grand Prix
4.4 out of 10
The outcome of the Canadian Grand Prix was decided by the stewards’ controversial decision to hand Sebastian Vettel a five-second penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner after he went off under pressure from Lewis Hamilton. Vettel crossed the line first, but Hamilton won, sparking debate over the consistency and judgement of the stewards when it comes to racing incidents.
2019 Spanish Grand Prix
4.6 out of 10Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. Nor were Ferrari a threat at a track where they had impressed during testing. A collision between Lance Stroll and Norris brought out the Safety Car but the silver cars were never threatened at the restart.
2019 Chinese Grand Prix
4.8 out of 10
The 1,000th world championship race saw a first-lap collision between both McLaren drivers and Daniil Kvyat, which brought out an early Safety Car. Besides a short duel between Vettel and Verstappen for third, and a Mercedes pitting both drivers on the same lap, there was little action at a track which normally produces plenty of overtaking.
2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
5.4 out of 10
Having swept the front row of the grid, the two Mercedes drivers fought wheel-to-wheel through the first four corners. Bottas emerged ahead while Sergio Perez jumped to fourth by the end of lap one. Throughout the race, there were plenty of overtakes, though DRS made most of them fairly straightforward. The streets of Baku lacked their normal chaos apart from a collision between Daniel Ricciardo and Kvyat after which the Renault driver reversed into his former team mate.
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2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
5.6 out of 10
Yas Marina’s reputation as an overtaking-free zone is infamous. Passing was made even harder as a technical problem meant DRS was unavailable for the first 18 laps of the race. The final lap saw some terrific action, however, as Perez pulled off a brilliant pass on Norris to lead the midfield home while Sainz in the other McLaren lunged down the inside of Nico Hulkenberg for the final point, clinching sixth in the drivers’ championship.
2019 Russian Grand Prix
5.8 out of 10
A frustrating day for Ferrari. The opening lap saw Vettel sweep by Leclerc for the lead while Grosjean, Ricciardo, and Giovinazzi collided. However Ferrari’s first lap position-swap had been arranged by the team, and when Vettel was told to give the place back he refused. The swapped the pair through the pits, but shortly after Vettel rejoined an electronic systems failure put him out. That also caused a VSC period, handing the win to Hamilton who was able to make his pit stop for free.
2019 Singapore Grand Prix
6.2 out of 10
Another race marked by Ferrari’s questionable driver management. Leclerc led from the start, but kept the pace extremely slow to frustrate their rivals’ tactical options. When Vettel pitted from third, he ran fast in free air and jumped ahead of his team mate, leaving Leclerc confused and unhappy with Ferrari’s tactics. A collision between Russell and Grosjean brought out the Safety Car, but Vettel went on to claim his only victory of the season.
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2019 Monaco Grand Prix
6.3 out of 10
Leclerc spent the opening stages of his home race desperately trying to fight back through the field with some risky overtakes. Eventually he tapped the wall while trying to pass Hulkenberg and he picked up a puncture. Hamilton complained about his tyres as he was under constant pressure from Verstappen in the latter stages of the race and eventually the Red Bull driver tried a move at the chicane, but despite some contact Hamilton stayed ahead to win. A penalty for tangling with Bottas in the pits dropped Verstappen off the podium.
2019 Australian Grand Prix
6.3 out of 10
Bottas jumped Hamilton off the line and controlled the race from the front as Mercedes displayed just how much quicker they were than the rest of the field. Gasly struggled in his first race for Red Bull, finishing 11th.
2019 Mexican Grand Prix
6.6 out of 10
Hamilton and Verstappen made contact at turn two allowing the two Ferraris, who started on the front row, to temporarily escape at the front. Verstappen then picked up a puncture as he overtook Bottas through the stadium section. Meanwhile Ferrari put their drivers on different strategies, losing out to Hamilton, who made a single, early pit stop.
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2019 Japanese Grand Prix
6.9 out of 10
Bottas immediately passed Vettel for the lead before Verstappen and Leclerc collided, causing significant damage to both cars. Bottas quickly extended his lead and finished 13 seconds ahead of Vettel who was able to keep Hamilton half a second behind at the line.
2019 United States Grand Prix
7 out of 10
Vettel, who started second, lost five positions on the opening lap and suffered a suspension failure eight laps later. Meanwhile, Bottas dominated out front, but had to pass Hamilton for the win after pitting once more than his team mate. Hamilton still claimed his sixth world title in second place with Verstappen following closely.
2019 Belgian Grand Prix
7.4 out of 10
The race went ahead in the shadow of the previous day’s tragedy, in which Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert was fatally injured. On the opening lap, Raikkonen and Verstappen touched twice sending the Red Bull into the barriers and forcing Raikkonen to pit early. Leclerc converted pole into his first win in F1 despite a late challenge from Hamilton.
2019 Hungarian Grand Prix
8 out of 10
Verstappen started on pole and kept Hamilton behind during the first stint, but despite fierce pressure after both stopped for fresh tyres. However, Hamilton still couldn’t make an overtake stick so the team opted to two-stop and with four laps remaining he effortlessly passed Verstappen on the outside of turn one for the victory.
2019 Italian Grand Prix
8.2 out of 10
Leclerc battled Hamilton throughout the race from pole position while Vettel ruined his afternoon with an unforced error. First he spun on his own at Ascari, then collided with Stroll as he rejoined the track while his team mate fought for the lead. Leclerc defended hard, and was shown the black-and-white warning flag for squeezing Hamilton at one point, but hung on to the delight of the Tifosi to pick up his second win in as many weekends.
2019 Bahrain Grand Prix
8.5 out of 10
Following a Ferrari front-row lockout, Leclerc dropped back to third at the end of the first lap, but quickly retook the lead with a slick move around the outside of Vettel through turn one. Vettel couldn’t match his team mate’s pace and spun while trying to keep Hamilton behind, then his front wing exploded on the back straight. With 10 laps to go Leclerc lost a significant amount of power and fell to third place by the chequered flag, gifting Hamilton the win.
2019 British Grand Prix
8.6 out of 10
Hamilton and Bottas battled for the lead in the first stint: On lap four Hamilton went around the outside of Bottas through Luffield to shortly take the lead in front of his home crowd, before Bottas fought back as they went through Copse. Further behind, Leclerc and Verstappen battled for the final podium position before a Safety Car handed Hamilton the lead and the eventual win.
2019 Brazilian Grand Prix
8.8 out of 10
Hamilton spent the entire race trying to get ahead of Verstappen. He came out in front of the Red Bull driver after pitting but had drained his battery and was re-passed. Bottas’s retirement brought out the first Safety Car and Verstappen stopped for new tyres while Hamilton favoured track position. Verstappen went around the outside of Hamilton on the restart before the two Ferraris collided, bringing out another Safety Car. On the penultimate lap, Hamilton sent Albon into a spin gifting Gasly second and Sainz third following Hamilton’s penalty.
2019 Austrian Grand Prix
8.9 out of 10
Verstappen made an awful start and fell to eighth before he had even reached turn one, allowing Leclerc to inherit the lead. But the Red Bull driver made his way through the field and came back to pass Leclerc with two laps to deny the Ferrari driver his first win.
2019 German Grand Prix
9.4 out of 10
The venue which provided the best race of last season isn’t on the 2020 F1 calendar. The only wet race of 2019 proved the most action-packed of the year. From Sergio Perez’s early spin into a wall the action hardly relented. Leclerc, Bottas, Hamilton and Hulkenberg also made contact with the barriers during the race. Vettel, who started last due to an engine problem in qualifying, climbed through the field to second, despite going off on the final lap. Kvyat and Stroll gambled for dry tyres before the rest of the field and claimed their best results of the year. Through it all Verstappen stayed out of trouble to win by far the liveliest race of 2019.
How do this year’s races compare with previous seasons? And which tracks tend to provide the best racing? Find all the data here:
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