With the 2019 Formula 1 grid featuring the top three drivers from last year’s Formula 2 season – George Russell, Lando Norris and Alex Albon – and 2017 champion Charles Leclerc now driving for Ferrari, it’s clear where to look for the next generation of racing talent.
For the 2019 F2 season, which begins in Bahrain, the championship keeps the same successful formula that has made for close and exciting racing. But there are plenty of new things to look forward to…
The arrival of Schumacher
Mick Schumacher – the son of seven-time F1 champion Michael – makes a highly-anticipated step up to F2 after winning the European Formula 3 title last year. Driving for Prema, the 20-year-old may need time to settle in at this level, but he did post the fastest time in the first pre-season test at Jerez last month. Mick will make his Formula 1 debut in testing after Bahrain, driving for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.
Fans of 1990s F1 should prepare for flashbacks with Schumacher going up against Giuliano Alesi. The son of popular one-time grand prix winner Jean steps up from GP3, as does champion Anthoine Hubert and his former rivals Nikita Mazepin and Callum Ilott.