When the flag drops the bullshit stops. Finally, with just days until the season-opening 2019 Australian Grand Prix, we’re about to get some concrete answers on just what kind of Formula One season we’re in for.

Kevin Magnussen leads a gaggle of midfield cars at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Formula One isn’t a two-tier racing category, but the 2018 season featured an undoubted class divide.

McLaren junior driver Lando Norris.

Stoffel Vandoorne is the third young driver to be chewed up by McLaren.

Stoffel Vandoorne in his garage at the 2018 British Grand Prix.

Has Stoffel Vandoorne done enough to keep his seat at McLaren?

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One, at least temporarily, at the end of the season.

Romain Grosjean on track at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix.

How has the midfield fared in F1 in 2018?

Fernando Alonso is hanging up his F1 helmet — for now.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown”s job is on the line in restructuring the team in his own image.

Daniel Ricciardo is the driver market’s hottest property. Could he be bound for one of F1’s slowest teams?

Daniel Ricciardo would be foolish to take up McLaren’s offer.