Will Charles Leclerc bury Sebastian Vettel's Formula 1 career with his performances at Ferrari this year? Can Valtteri Bottas save his Mercedes place by bouncing back from a difficult second half of 2018? Who will lead the line at Renault - incumbent Nico Hulkenberg or star newcomer Daniel Ricciardo? These are the three big driver storylines of the coming year.
But amid these common (and legitimate) questions, there's another 2019 rivalry that could have a major impact on the season to come. That's despite it barely seeming worthy of a footnote in the eyes of some, simply because it's regarded as a foregone conclusion.
In the neglected case of Max Verstappen versus Pierre Gasly at Honda-powered Red Bull, the assumption is that it will be a walkover - for the former. After all, the ever-improving Verstappen is driver who will surely go on to become a world champion, and Gasly has just a year-and-a-bit of F1 experience and is being pitched into the lion's den. Red Bull is now 'Team Verstappen'.