With the 2019 Formula 1 season wrapping up in Abu Dhabi, it is time to pick out the high-flyers and no-hopers from this year.

Arguably the sport’s best season in the V6 Hybrid era, the picture at the top remains unchanged with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes dominating again take a double F1 world title triumph, while teammate Valtteri Bottas capped off the perfect campaign for the German manufacturer in second place in the drivers’ standings.

But it wasn’t all one-way traffic as both Ferrari and Red Bull starred on multiple occasions across this year. Max Verstappen produced a masterful charge to victory at the Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull’s first with Honda, while Charles Leclerc became F1’s latest maiden winner as he triumphed at an emotional Belgian Grand Prix.

There were even a handful of surprise podium appearances which came at the craziest races of the year – Germany and Brazil – with Daniil Kvyat securing Toro Rosso’s first rostrum in a decade at Hockenheim before Pierre Gasly repeated the feat at Interlagos.

McLaren also ended its F1 podium drought, albeit with a post-race penalty for Hamilton in Brazil, which put Carlos Sainz into third position having started from the back of the grid.

At the other end of the scale it became a nightmare season for Williams with just one point scored across 21 races, while Haas were given little to shout about by reaching the top 10 on just seven occasions all year between Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

Check out F1’s winners and losers of 2019:

 

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