Charles Leclerc after taking pole in Austria.

Charles Leclerc claimed pole after teammate Sebastian Vettel was held in his garage with engine problems.

Charles Leclerc on track at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The competitive order is little clearer after a chaotic day of practice at the Red Bull Ring.

Nothing fires up the formula one public quite like team orders, and it’s taken only three races for the sport’s favourite subject to become a major talking point in 2019.

Motorsport can be a cruel and fickle sport, and for no-one was that truer than Charles Leclerc in the final 15 laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes has been Formula One’s dominant force for five long years, but that could all be about to change in 2019.

Who were the standout drivers — good, bad or otherwise — of 2018?

Charles Leclerc in the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix paddock.

Could Charles Leclerc be Sebastian Vettel’s next Daniel Ricciardo?

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc seems destined to drive for Ferrari, and perhaps sooner than anyone expected.

It sounds increasingly likely that Ferrari will take a punt on the rookie Monegasque driver.

Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari uniform at the 2017 Hungarian in-season test.

Only more teams can improve the flow of new talent into Formula One.