Formula 1 motorsport is pretty much unlike most other sports. Most sports are either individual disciplines or team battles. In F1, it’s both. What’s more unique is that the competition is intense in the middle of the rankings table for the Constructors, or team owners, as they are popularly called.
In the 2019 season, McLaren (at fourth) is separated from Alfa Romeo (at ninth) by just 17 points. These six teams make up the mid-field of the F1 rankings and are locked in an intense battle. Here’s the form guide for these teams.
McLaren is the best amongst the mid-field teams. However, it doesn’t have the punch to take on the big guns – Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. McLaren boasts of a strong driver line-up in Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. It is the prime reason for McLaren being the best among the mid-ranked teams. Their cars have also undergone a significant improvement. No wonder they are nicely perched at number four with 30 points.
Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll bought Force India and revamped it as Racing Point for the F1 2019 season. Unfortunately, it didn’t change the team’s fortunes much. Financial problems affected car development, which made it tough to compete against the big guns. They hold the fifth spot in the table. Will they be able to hold on?
Unlucky, unbelievable, and heartbreaking are the adjectives that describe Haas’ 2019 season. Team principal, Guenther Steiner, even said that his rivals can’t believe how unlucky they have been. This is despite the presence of capable drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. They just don’t seem to have had the rub of the green. At crucial junctures, either the car has broken down, or some other driver has crashed into them. Although they are 14 points behind McLaren, they seem the only mid-ranked team capable of challenging McLaren.
If one had to rate an F1 team by the drivers it possesses, Renault would be one of the top contenders. In Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo, Renault boasts of the finest in the business. However, the car at their disposal does not give them scope to display their talent. The owners will need to pump up their vehicles soon. Else, they wouldn’t be in a position to even come close to any of the seven teams above them.
A racing car backed with a Ferrari engine and a Championship winner, what can go wrong, right? Well, a lot has. Alfa Romeo Racing’s legendary driver Kimi Räikkönen has been the saving grace. But even a skilled driver can’t do much if the car is way below the best in the circuit. Alfa Romeo Racing’s financial limitations have not allowed them to give Kimi a better machine for the track.