Start your engines! F1 WAGs are BACK for 2019 at the Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position in the opening qualifying session of the new F1 season in Australia today.

And watching eagerly from the pits were a parade of models, athletes, social media stars and childhood sweethearts.

There are also plenty of fresh faces with a slew of new drivers and relationships. 

Mercedes and Ferrari are expected to once again be leading the pack – with the Red Bull hoping to be in the mix with their new Honda engines.

Daily Star Online can reveal the F1 WAGs we will meet through the globe-trotting calendar of 21 races before the end of the season in Abu Dhabi on December 1.

FLAME: Lewis Hamilton is rumoured to be dating Cindy Kimberly (Pic: INSTAGRAM/CINDY KIMBERLY)

“There are also plenty of fresh faces with a slew of new drivers and relationships. ”

Lewis Hamilton – Cindy Kimberly 

Lewis Hamilton will be the man to beat this year as he looks to secure world championship number six.

And he is coming into the season rumoured to be dating a new flame in 20-year-old model Cindy Kimberley.

Kimberley was “discovered” by Justin Bieber back in 2015 when he posted a picture of her with the caption “OMG who is this”.

Hamilton was pictured hanging out with Kimberey in Barcelona going shopping, but the F1 champ has been unhappy regarding speculation around his private life.

Reports during the off season also linked him to model Jasmine Sanders, and he took the rare step in responding to them – branding rumours “fake news”.

Previously, Mercedes star driver, 34, had a very public romance with Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger before they separated in 2015.

DATING: Max Verstappen has been seeing Dilara Sanlik since last season (Pic: INSTAGRAM)

Max Verstappen – Dilara Sanlik

Max Verstappen is reportedly dating girlfriend Dilara Sanlik, a German student currently studying in London.

The two reportedly started cozying up at the end of 2017 – and have since been pictured together at numerous races in 2018.

Max was so keen on her, it wasn’t long before he took her to meet his F1 driver dad Jos and racer sister Victoria last November.

The couple even spent Christmas together, posting a cute snap with the festive tree on social media. 

Red Bull’s lead driver has previously been linked to a slew of Instagram models, sports stars and even another racing driver. 

ROMANCE: Giada Gianni and Charles Leclerc have come up through the motorsport ranks together (Pic: INSTAGRAM/Giada Gianni)

Charles Leclerc – Giada Gianni

Ferrari’s new hotshot driver Charles Leclerc will be hoping he can impress when he takes on four-time world champ Sebastian Vettel.

And cheering him will be his teenage sweetheart Giada Gianni.

The couple are understood to have been together for at least four years, with Giada cheering him on as he moved through the motorsport ranks.

Loved up snaps are regularly shared by both of them on Instagram, and 2019 could be Leclerc’s breakthrough year in F1.

‘GRID GIRL‘: Caterina Zannini has been dating Pierre Gasly for some time (Pic: INSTAGRAM/Caterina Zannini)

Pierre Gasly – Caterina Zannini

Red Bull’s new driver Pierre Gasly is in a relationship with Caterina Zannini.

Caterina is an aerospace engineering student, and regular posts snaps of her and Pierre to her 15,000 followers on Instagram.

From Italy, she and the racer have been together for sometime since the beginning of 2018.

Pierre seemed to make things official last year when he posted a selfie with his “grid girl” on Twitter.

The 23-year-old will be hoping to make a splash this year when he takes on Verstappen at Red Bull. 

F1 ROYALTY: Kelly Piquet is the daughter of racing legend Nelson Piquet (Pic: INSTAGRAM/KELLY PIQUET)

Daniil Kvyat – Kelly Piquet

F1’s comeback kid Daniil Kvyat has lost his driver in the sport twice, but is now about to make a third comeback with Toro Rosso. 

Perhaps the key to his F1 success is his missus Kelly Piquet, who is also a member of F1 royalty.

She is the daughter of three-time world champ Nelson Piquet, and the sister of disgraced F1 star Nelson Piquet Jr. 

Known as “The Torpedo” for his on track antics, Kvyat will be hoping for a quieter year this time round.

‘CRYING LIKE A GIRL‘: Minttu Raikkonen is always happy to come to her husband Kimi‘s defence (Pic: INSTAGRAM/Minttu Virtanen)

Kimi Raikkonen – Minttu Virtanen

Kimi Raikkonen and Minttu Virtanen got married in 2016 after the couple met while she was working as an air stewardess.

Minttu has also previously worked as an underwear model, and the couple have two children – Robin and Rianna.

She is a regular in the pitlane, and this year will be joining Kimi at the Alfa Romeo garage. 

And she is also not afraid to voice her opinion, accusing Hamilton last year over “crying like a girl” over an on-track spat with Kimi. 

The couple made things official in 2016 with a lavish ceremony in Italy.

‘NOT TOO SERIOUS‘: Annemarie Horbass is reportedly dating Daniel Ricciardo (Pic: TWITTER/ANNECX)

Daniel Ricciardo – Annemarie Horbass

Renault’s new driver Daniel Ricciardo is reportedly dating a member of his old Red Bull team, Annemarie Horbass.

The pair were pictured partying together after Ricciardo won the Monaco GP in 2018.

Sources said the relationship was “nothing too serious” but it is believed the two are still together.

Horbass is an event management specialist who works with media company Eventureline – which is used by Red Bull.

Hopefully their opposite allegiances won’t strain things after the Aussie jumped ship from the Milton Keynes based team.

CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS: Sebastian Vettel and Hanna Prater lead a private life (Pic: GETTY)

Sebastian Vettel – Hanna Prater

Ferrari’s star driver Sebastian Vettel likes to keep his life away from F1 very quiet.

But occasionally his long-term girlfriend Hanna Prater, who he is known since he was a child, is seen in the pits.

It is believed the couple have two daughters, Emile and Matilda.

Vettel famously declines to comment when asked about his personal life, but the couple are understood to be good pals with Kimi and Minttu.

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