With Formula 1 on its summer break we take a look at the first half of the seasons races.
Mercedes predictably got off to a brilliant start this season, winning the first eight races putting them in a dominant position at the top of the constructor standings. Overall in the first half of the season, they have taken ten wins out of twelve races with Lewis Hamilton winning nine of them. Despite some struggles in Germany with a DNF for Valtteri Bottas and a 9th place finish for Hamilton, Mercedes ended the first half of the season at the top of the table.
In typical Red Bull fashion, they had a slower start to the season with rivals Mercedes and Ferrari beating them to the top spots on the podium. However, the team began to turn things around for their home race in Austria with Max Verstappen winning the race for the second year in a row. After a dramatic race in Germany Verstappen earnt another win for Red Bull, meaning they are closing the gap on Ferarri in the Constructors Championship.
During the summer break, Red Bull announced that there would be a change to their driver line-up, demoting driver Pierre Gasly back to Toro Rosso and in his place promoting Alex Albon to the senior team. The switch-up comes after Gasly has struggled to adapt to the Red Bull car and not put in the performance similar to that of his teammate, Albon's first race in the Red Bull seat will be at the Belgian GP.
Ferrari looked great in pre-season testing, but once the full season got underway they have struggled to set the pace against Mercedes and have yet to achieve a race win. New driver Charles LeClerc has shown some real talent at Ferarri, however, engine problems have led to some unfortunate race results. Fans will remember the Bahrain GP at the start of the year where he looked set to turn his first pole position into a victory, but engine problems ten laps from the end dropped him down to third position. The team will be hoping the first two races when they return, Spa and Monza, will work to their advantage with both being high-speed tracks, we may see Ferrari's first win of the 2019 season.
After a tough few years, McLaren has started to have a good season with new drivers Carlos Sainz moving from Renault and rookie Lando Norris. Norris has put in great qualifying sessions so far out-qualifying his teammate eight times, however, on race day it is Sainz that has performed the best beating Norris in nine races. This has put McLaren in fourth position in the Constructor's standings going into the summer break. Renault, who have been fighting for that fourth place in the standings, have been struggling this season and currently sit in sixth after Toro Rosso earned a podium finish in Germany.
The second half of the Formula 1 season is set to be just as exciting, we kick-off with the high-speed tracks at the Belgian GP & Italian GP, followed by the brilliant night race at the Singapore Grand Prix. The season will end in spectacular fashion where the Driver's Championship could be decided at the F1 Abu Dhabi GP.
Take a look at the 2019 Driver's and Constructor's standings so far
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