What To Expect From The 2019 Formula V1 Season: Predictions From The Experts

Wheel to wheel action resumes this weekend!

The teams and drivers are locked in for May 18 at Batangas Racing Circuit and there are a lot of new contenders on the grid. We asked our media partners for their predictions on who to watch out this season.

Anjo Perez, Editor-in-Chief, Wheels PH

With one season succesfully completed, what do you expect from to see from Formula V1 this year?
The drivers are now more comfortable with their cars, I expect the series to have more action and overtaking, making the races more exciting.

Whose progress are you most interested in this season?
I will be closely watching Raymond Ronquillo and Jussi Hoikka in the pro class, and Dominic Roque and Alex Brown in the amateur class.

The 16-year-old Brown looks to make a strong debut.

Bold predictions for the BRC podium standings?
Ronquillo, Ramirez, Hoikka in the Pro Series and Roque, Brown, and Dino in AM class.

One to watch in the pros: Raymond Ronquillo

Randolph De Leon, JamesDeakin.ph

With one season succesfully completed, what do you expect from to see from Formula V1 this year?
I expect the 2019 season to be more exciting with more close racing action, especially in the Pro Class. Meanwhile, the past season has taught me that friendship among racers is top priority, seeing the FV1 as a gentlemen’s sport. They may be fierce competitors, but what’s important is that they maintain good camaraderie through clean and fair racing.

Whose progress are you most interested in this season?
I’m keeping tabs on Stefan Ramirez in the Pro Class as I’ve personally seen him in action during last year’s Philippine Endurance Challenge. He definitely has the Ramirez racing genes in him. In AM Class, I’ll be seeing more of Dominic Roque. Seeing him succeed in the Vios Cup, I can attest that he’s one of the few celebrity racers that takes racing very seriously, and puts in full force every time he’s out on track.

Bold predictions for the BRC podium standings?
While it’s too early to tell, I feel that Raymond Ronquillo, Paolo Mantolino, and Stefan Ramirez would have a great time on the Pro Class podium in that order in Round 1. As for AM Class, I’m predicting Red Diwa, Shane Henderson, and Dominic Roque to take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.

The actor and motorsports enthusiast is raring to show grit in Round 1. (Source: Instagram/dominicroque)

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Media Partners: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Autocar, Wheels PH, James Deakin, C! Mag, AutoIndustriya, ESPN
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