F1 2019: team-by-team guide to the cars and drivers

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Mercedes

Car W10 Engine Mercedes Principal Toto Wolff Debut France 1954 GPs 189 Titles 5 2018 1st

Attempting to take a record sixth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles, it appears Mercedes have work to do to match Ferrari. Yet there is no doubt they have the strength in depth, experience and clinical team efficiency to catch their rivals. Have stuck with their tried and tested low-rake car that can be expected to come up to pace in short order.

Lewis Hamilton

No 44 Debut Australia 2007 Wins 73 Poles 83 Titles 5 Last season 1st Odds 5-4

Still highly motivated, Hamilton is simply driving better than ever. He has repeatedly proven he has the edge over Sebastian Vettel and will be confident he can do so again. Still extracts the best from his car, will be relentless in his pursuit of a sixth title and is likely to be spurred to even greater heights if starting on the back foot.

Valtteri Bottas

No 77 Debut Australia 2013 Wins 3 Poles 6 Best finish 3rd Last season 5th Odds 25-1

A below-par 2018 marred by bad luck has put Bottas under pressure to keep his seat. Needs a strong start to build the confidence that took a battering last season but was buoyant in pre-season so expect a feisty Finn out of the blocks.

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