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Meet The Three Drivers Set to Shake Up F1 in 2019

F1 has had a familiar feel to it over the past few seasons. Sure, we always have news of new tech innovations and little tweaks that are said to improve the sport, but at the same time we haven’t had much in the way of a clash for the championship, given Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have waltzed to the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles with ease.

When the 2019 season gets underway, however, there will be some fresh new drivers ready to make their mark on the sport. Two, Lando Norris and George Russel, haven’t made their competitive debuts in F1 and aren’t old enough to buy alcohol in many of the countries that will host Grand Prix in 2019, whereas Charles Leclerc is touted as the next big thing in the sport after being signed from Sauber to Scuderia Ferrari. Here’s a quick look at the three men who

could be the face of the sport for the next couple of decades:

Name: Charles LeclercAge: 21Team: Ferrari

To say that there is buzz about Leclerc is an understatement. The fact he was born in Monaco might suggest it is in his blood, but the evidence was there when he hit 39 points for a clunky Sauber team last season, four times as much as his teammate, the vastly more experienced Marcus Ericsson.

Chances in 2019: Bookies have joined in the fervour, making lots of special markets and betting offers for Leclerc. The short of it is that he is 10/1 (William Hill) for the F1 title in his debut season with Ferrari, a serious mark of respect given Hamilton’s (the 5/6 favourite) dominance. Other intriguing predictions for Leclerc include the 4/9 odds for Leclerc to win any race in 2019, 5/4 he finishes on the podium on his debut and the 5/2 he scores more points that Sebastian Vettel (all odds Sky Bet).

Name: Lando Norris Age: 19Team: McLaren

Could a teenager win the F1 Championship in 2019? Probably not. A fact made all the less likely by driving with McLaren, who have had all sorts of difficulties over the past few seasons. Norris is a wunderkind however, with some suggesting he is a once-in-a-generation talent. He took a host of driving championships as a young teenager and was runner-up in the F2 Championship in 2018.

Chances in 2019: Unless McLaren make some big changes fast, Norris is unlikely to be bothering the podium places too much next year. However, there are also lots of specific betting markets surrounding the young Brit. He is 2/1 (Sky Bet) to score points on his debut race and a very, very tempting 5/1 to finish on any podium in 2019. The kid has talent, so don’t rule it out.

Name: George RussellAge: 20Team: Williams

A veritable veteran compared to countryman Lando Norris, Russell had been working with Mercedes as part of their junior driver programme. He will race for Williams in 2019, however, a team whose glory years seem further away than McLaren right now. Like Norris, he is proof that the future of British racing is in very good hands.

Chances in 2019: Russell is not expected to work miracles for Williams next year. Indeed, he is 16/1 to finish on a podium at any point in the season and 4/1 to score points on his debut. More intriguingly, Sky Bet have a special head to head market, which sees Russell at 2/1 to outscore his British rival Norris throughout the season.

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