In just 75 days time, those five red lights will evaporate and signal the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season in Melbourne and the 70th in the sport’s history.

While the long winter break in hibernation continues, a new year brings new expectations, many questions to be answered and plenty of changes both on and off the track.

On the driver front, the grid will look vastly different to 2018, with just two of the 10 teams sticking with their line-up from the previous year.

There will be some new faces, with three rookies joining F1, and three world champions in all after the departure of Fernando Alonso.

A small shakeup in the regulations to allow closer racing and improve overtaking is eagerly anticipated, the question will be can it can spice up the action or play out a new order in the standings?

With the clock ticking towards 17 March, here is who and what F1 fans should be looking out for in the 2019 season.