Formula One 2019 season

In The Driver's Seat: Fast rookies could fuel exciting season

Expect Leclerc to shine in Ferrari bow; Red Bull could make it three-way fight at top

Mercedes' five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton making his way out of the pits during first practice at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne yesterday.
Mercedes' five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton making his way out of the pits during first practice at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Are we really on the verge of a Formula One season in which cars will run closer together, and a three-way fight between testing pacesetters Ferrari, unbeaten champions Mercedes and a revitalised Honda-powered Red Bull will decide the World Championship?

At the opening grand prix in Melbourne's Albert Park, we will start to get a feel of what lies ahead in the 21-race season.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Fast rookies could fuel exciting season'. Subscribe