5. McLaren is a team on the up
At the end of 2020, Daniel Ricciardo will be on the move again - this time from Renault to McLaren. His decision closed the Ferrari/McLaren seat swap saga that began when Sebastian Vettel's impending departure from Maranello was announced and Carlos Sainz Jr was revealed as Vettel's replacement.
Of the many factors behind Ricciardo's decision to join his fifth F1 squad, following stints at HRT, Toro Rosso and Red Bull, the headline selling point is McLaren's recent resurgence. After the three years of misery and pain with Honda, followed by a revealing first year using Renault customer power, the eight-time constructors' champion squad finished fourth in 2019 - its best result since 2012 - one place and 54 points clear of Ricciardo's current employer.
Much of this is down to the major staffing restructure McLaren has enacted. Zak Brown felt when he became McLaren Racing CEO in November 2016 that there were "a lot of chefs in the kitchen" causing a "lack of focus and direction". Brown has suggested that Ricciardo decided in favour of Renault over McLaren back in 2018 because he couldn't see where McLaren was heading. But now he can.