The season begins in Australia on March 17, and finishes with all the Abu Dhabi Grandprix on December 1. The 3rd round, the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai on April 14, is going to soon be the 1000th world championship F1 racegame.

The entrance list features Lewis Hamilton defending his name by Mercedes and bidding to become the sport’s second-ever six-time F1 champion — plus a raft of wholesale driver shifts down and up the grid.

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Seven-time Grandprix winner Daniel Ricciardo defects from RedBull into Renault, replacing Carlos Sainz who proceeds into McLaren in place of Fernando Alonso. Pierre Gasly measures up from the Toro Rosso group into RedBull, and is replaced by the coming Daniil Kvyat.

Robert Kubica also rejoins the F1 grid, following a much longer absence of eight decades, together with Williams.

A influx of rookies is directed by Formula 2 champion George Russell, who will partner Kubica. F-2 Runner up Lando Norris replaces Formula E-bound Stoffel Vandoorne in McLaren, while third-placed F-2 racer Alexander Albon has been favoured at Toro Rosso over Brendon Hartley.

Antonio Giovinazzi, who opened two races for Sauber at 2017, has his full-time graduation with the Alfa-backed Swiss squad — replacing Marcus Ericsson, who will instead race at IndyCar.

Lance Stroll has transferred out of Williams to Racing Point at the expense of both Esteban Ocon, following his dad Lawrence purchased the group — formerly Called Force India — last August. It is likely to own the following name shift prior to the growing season begins.

RedBull Racing switches into Honda motors for 2019, linking its sister team Toro Rosso.

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