Formula 1 returns to action this weekend as it heads to Singapore for the fifteenth round of twenty one in 2019.
At the top
Lewis Hamilton goes into the weekend with a sixty three point lead in the championship over his nearest rival, teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton dominated the Singapore Grand Prix last season after a stellar Q3 performance before taking victory the following day. He is also currently on a three race podium finishing streak having won in Hungary, finished second in Belgium and third in Italy.Embed from Getty Images
Bottas has returned to form of sorts since the series returned from its summer break after finishing third in Belgium and second in Italy.
Thirty six points behind Bottas is Max Verstappen who has lost ground after retiring in Belgium and having to work his way from the back of the grid in Italy to finish eighth.
However with engine penalties now out of the way, Red Bull and Verstappen will be hoping to be a threat in Singapore as they were in Germany and Hungary.
Charles Leclerc is immediately behind Verstappen in the championship and is one to watch as he is only three points behind the Dutchman, after winning in Belgium and in Italy.
Leclerc has also managed to overturn and build a gap to his teammate, Sebastian Vettel who is fifth in the standings. The gap between the two is thirteen points having been a twenty four point advantage in Vettel’s favour heading into the Belgium Grand Prix weekend.
Battle for sixth
Pierre Gasly still remains in sixth in the championship, despite being moved from Red Bull Racing to Toro Rosso from Belgium onwards. He is seven points ahead of seventh placed, Carlos Sainz.Embed from Getty Images
Sainz has retired from the last two races having been on a five race point scoring run which included back to back fifth place finishes before the summer break.
It has meant that both Daniel Ricciardo and Alexander Albon are now twenty four points behind Sainz and thirty one behind Gasly, after both Ricciardo and Albon have scored big points in the two races since Formula 1 returned from the summer break.
Eighth to Twelfth
Hulkenberg is another driver to have scored in the two races since the summer break, having finished eighth in Belgium and a season best fifth place finish in Italy. It leaves him eleventh in the standings and only three points behind both Ricciardo and Albon.Embed from Getty Images
However both Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Raikkonen should be included in this group from eighth down to twelfth. Kvyat is currently tenth, one point behind Ricciardo and Albon and just two points ahead of Hulkenberg and Raikkonen.
Despite two race weekend’s to forget in Belgium and Italy, Raikkonen is level on points with Hulkenberg and therefore three points behind Ricciardo and Albon.
Thanks in part to an update to the car, Sergio Perez has returned to form, finishing in the points in the two races prior to Singapore at an event where the team had a nightmare race in 2018 after Perez and then teammate Esteban Ocon collided on the opening lap, compromising the team’s race.Embed from Getty Images
His two recent points scoring finishes and the results of others around him have meant he is four points behind Hulkenberg and Raikkonen in the standings.
Lastly, Antonio Giovinazzi heads to Singapore off the back of claiming his second (official) points finish of 2019 after finishing in ninth at the Italian Grand Prix. It has moved him to three points and sees him in eighteenth in the standings, two points ahead of Robert Kubica and five points behind seventeenth placed, Romain Grosjean.Embed from Getty Images