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Top Stories of 2019, #1: F1's 2021 vision dominates horizon

We finish off our countdown of the biggest stories in racing with the saga that dominated the Formula 1 news agenda for much of 2019: the looming radical changes set to come into play in the 2021 season.

Top Stories of 2019, #2: Penske buys Indy and IndyCar

Motorsport.com's countdown of the biggest stories in racing in 2019 continues with Penske Entertainment taking over ownership of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar and IMS Productions.

Top Stories of 2019, #3: Teammate tensions build at Ferrari

We're getting towards the business end of our Top Stories countdown now, and coming in at number three is the year of turbulence at Ferrari as Charles Leclerc gradually came to assert himself over Sebastian Vettel.

Top Stories of 2019, #4: McLaren's shocking DNQ at Indy

Motorsport.com's countdown of the biggest stories in racing in 2019 continues with McLaren’s stunning failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso.

Top Stories of 2019, #5: Lorenzo's Honda hurdles prove too much

Kicking off the final five of our Top Stories countdown is the sudden end to Jorge Lorenzo's full-time MotoGP career.

Top Stories of 2019, #6: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s plane crash

Motorsport.com's countdown of the biggest stories in racing in 2019 continues with another that did not take place on the race track – the horrific plane crash involving former NASCAR driver-turned-analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family.

Top Stories of 2019, #7: Citroen quits amid WRC shake-up

In at number seven in our Top Stories countdown is Citroen's decision to quit the World Rally Championship, and the 2020 driver market madness that preceded its announcement.

Top Stories of 2019, #8: Honda's hybrid finally comes good

Coming in at number eight on our Top Stories countdown is a look back at how Honda transformed its reputation in Formula 1's hybrid engine era in the first year of its partnership with Red Bull Racing.

Top Stories of 2019, #9: NASCAR bets the farm on Next Gen future

Motorsport.com continues its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with the future of NASCAR depending on the success of the Next Gen (aka Gen-7) car.

Top Stories of 2019, #10: Jimmie Johnson announces retirement

Kicking off the Top 10 of our countdown of the biggest stories in motorsport is seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson’s decision to make the 2020 season his last as a fulltime competitor.

Top Stories of 2019, #11: Vettel's Canadian GP debacle

We conclude the first half of our Top 20 stories countdown with one of the most memorable images of the Formula 1 season, which came courtesy of an irate Sebastian Vettel in Canada.

Top Stories of 2019, #12: Haas's Rich Energy ordeal

Not of all of Motorsport.com's Top Stories of the year concern events that played out on track, and today's entry is a classic of the genre - the long-running soap opera that was Rich Energy's sponsorship of the Haas Formula 1 team.

Top Stories of 2019, #13: Gasly loses Red Bull seat to Albon

Motorsport.com's countdown of the biggest stories in racing continues with Red Bull's sudden demotion of Pierre Gasly after just a dozen races with the team - and promotion of Alex Albon.

Top Stories of 2019, #14: The hypercar era takes shape

In at number 14 on our countdown of the biggest stories in motorsport is a story that made sportscar fans worldwide breathe a big sigh of relief: the impending start of the FIA World Endurance Championship's hypercar era.

Top Stories of 2019, #15: Zarco's never-ending rollercoaster

At number 15 on Motorsport.com's top stories countdown, we look back at an eventful year for Johann Zarco, who after leaving KTM nearly joined MotoGP's best team but instead ended up with its worst team.

Top Stories of 2019, #16: IndyCar takes aeroscreen plunge

Motorsport.com continues its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with IndyCar’s confirmation that Red Bull Advanced Technologies' aeroscreen will become mandatory in 2020.

Top Stories of 2019, #17: Cheating row rocks Supercars

Next up on our countdown of the biggest stories in racing is the bitter row that engulfed the Supercars paddock after DJR Team Penske's Bathurst 1000 victory.

Top Stories of 2019, #18: Marquez's new nemesis arrives

Next up in our list of the biggest motorsport stories of the year is the arrival of the man widely regarded in MotoGP as the biggest threat to Marc Marquez's dominance: Fabio Quartararo.

Top Stories of 2019, #19: IndyCar's changing of the guard

Motorsport.com continues its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with the surprising spate of established IndyCar drivers – James Hinchcliffe, Spencer Pigot, Sebastien Bourdais – losing their rides amid a wave of new talent arriving.

Top Stories of 2019, #20: DTM's 'Dream' finally comes true

Motorsport.com begins its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with a look back at a first-of-its kind crossover race between SUPER GT and the DTM at Fuji Speedway.