Stars of the future

Published 1156 GMT (1956 HKT) November 6, 2018
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The 2018 Formula One season is drawing to a close. Yet again, it has been dominated by Lewis Hamilton. But in 2019, a cast of new stars will look to challenge the established order... Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
All eyes will be on Charles Leclerc next season. He'll be replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari and become the youngest driver to race for the Italian manufacturer since 1961. "I'm just trying to focus on my job, and trying to extract all these expectations out of my mind," said the 21-year-old, "and to really 100% focus on what I do behind the wheel." ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Lando Norris will become the youngest British driver in F1 history when he gets behind the wheel for McLaren next season. Comparisons are being drawn with Hamilton, who came to the fore with McLaren, but the teenage Norris is keeping a lid on expectations. "Overall, I just want it to be a good, solid season," he said, "just a good start to what I hope will be my career in Formula One." Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Norris' fellow Briton George Russell will be lining up for Williams next season. The 20-year-old has risen through the motorsport ranks. "It has been a perfect progression and slope into a full-time race seat and I really feel that now I am ready for this," Russell insists. Mark Thompson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Pierre Gasly is no rookie, having spent this season with Toro Rosso after competing in five races in 2017. In 2019, the Frenchman will takeover from Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull. Charles Coates/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Max Verstappen is the standard for all young drivers to aspire toward. The Dutchman will be Red Bull's No. 1 driver next year after picking up five race wins over the last three seasons. The 21-year-old is seen by many as a world champion in waiting. Dan Istitene/Getty Images