F1 2018 Information

Here is all the information you need to get up to speed ahead of the 2018 Formula One Season.


Driver Line-up

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas
  • Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
  • Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
  • Force India Mercedes: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon
  • Williams Mercedes: Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin
  • Renault: Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr
  • Toro Rosso Honda: Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley
  • Haas Ferrari: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
  • McLaren: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne
  • Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team: Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc

Team and Driver Changes

Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Force India, Haas and McLaren all keep the same driver line-up as they did in 2017.

Williams retain Lance Stroll and will be partnered by Sergey Sirotkin who replaces Felipe Massa as the Brazilian retired from the sport.

Renault will now field Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr for 2018 for the full season. Sainz moved to Renault after he departed from Toro Rosso on loan after the Japanese GP.

Sauber keep Marcus Ericsson and have signed F2 champion and Ferrari Driver Academy member Charles Leclerc. Leclerc replaces Pascal Wehrlein for 2018.

2018 Calendar

2018 sees the long awaited return of the French and German GPs. The last race hosted in France for an F1 race was back in 2008. Hockenheim in Germany will play host to the first German GP since 2016.

  1. Australian GP, Melbourne, 23rd – 25th March
  2. Bahrain GP, Sakhir, 6th – 8th April
  3. Chinese GP, Shanghai, 13th – 15th April
  4. Azerbaijan GP, Baku, 27th – 29th April
  5. Spanish GP, Catalunya, 11th – 13th May
  6. Monaco GP, Monte Carlo, 24th – 27th May
  7. Canadian GP, Montreal, 8th – 10th June
  8. French GP, Le Castellet, 22nd – 24th June
  9. Austrian GP, Spielberg, 29th June – 1st July
  10. British GP, Silverstone, 6th – 8th July
  11. German GP, Hockenheim, 20th – 22nd July
  12. Hungarian GP, Budapest, 27th – 29th July
  13. Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps, 24th – 26th August
  14. Italian GP, Monza, 31st August – 2nd September
  15. Singapore GP, Singapore, 14th – 16th September
  16. Russian GP, Sochi, 28th – 30th September
  17. Japanese GP, Suzuka, 5th – 7th October
  18. United States GP, Austin, 19th – 21st October
  19. Mexican GP, Mexico City, 26th – 28th October
  20. Brazilian GP, São Paulo, 9th – 11th November
  21. Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina, 23rd – 25th November



Barcelona Test, Day 4

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton ended Day 4 of Pre-Season Testing quickest as teams got valuable track time as the snow and rain cleared.


Hamilton heads final day of 1st Test

Mercedes Valtteri Bottas topped the morning session edging out Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg for the top-spot.

Conditions were far from ideal but drivers fitted wet tyres to their cars and headed out onto a damp, foggy track. As the lunch interval loomed, the track got drier and times tumbled.

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne completed much needed mileage for McLaren with 72 laps on the board. Marcus Ericsson also completed 63 laps despite causing a red flag when he spun at Turn 2 and got beached in the gravel.

After lunch, Lewis Hamilton took over from Bottas in Mercedes as assumed control at the top. Hamilton set the fastest lap of the test so far with a 1:19:333 on medium tyres.

Stoffel Vandoorne rounded off a great day for McLaren as he tested out the new Hypersoft tyre and finished 2nd. The Belgian’s lap was ultimately half a second behind Hamilton’s time. Team-mate Fernando Alonso also completed 51 laps to 5th quickest overall.

Haas’s Kevin Magnussen was a surprise 4th after a low-key first test for Haas with 96 laps on the board.

Force India had their strongest day with Sergio Perez 8th quickest with 65 laps after poor start to the test as well.

It was another day to regret for Red Bull and Max Verstappen as the Dutch ended up in the gravel trap at Turn 12 with a long spell in the garage before that with only 35 laps completed.

“Mr Consistent” – Pierre Gasly registered a staggering 147 laps for Toro Rosso and ended up 10th quickest.

Sauber ended off a good first test with Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson to 59 and 79 laps to 13th and 14th quickest.

Day 4 Time-sheet

  1. Lewis HamiltonMercedes – 1:19:333 – 69 Laps
  2. Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren – 1:19:854 – 110 Laps
  3. Sebastian VettelFerrari – 1:20:241 – 120 Laps
  4. Kevin MagnussenHaas – 1:20:317 – 96 Laps
  5. Fernando AlonsoMcLaren – 1:20:929 – 51 Laps
  6. Carlos SainzRenault – 1:20:940 – 60 Laps
  7. Lance StrollWilliams – 1:21:142 – 54 Laps
  8. Sergio PerezForce India – 1:21:973 – 65 Laps
  9. Max VerstappenRed Bull – 1:22:058 – 35 Laps
  10. Pierre GaslyTorro Rosso – 1:22:134 – 147 Laps
  11. Nico HulkenbergRenault – 1:22:507 – 49 Laps
  12. Valterri BottasMercedes – 1:22:789 – 60 Laps
  13. Charles LeclercSauber – 1:22:808 – 59 Laps
  14. Marcus EricssonSauber – 1:23:825 – 79 Laps
  15. Sergey SirotkinWilliams – 1:31:979 – 47 Laps

Barcelona Test, Day 3

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has ended Day 3 of Testing quickest as snow, rain and freezing temperatures kept the teams in their garages limiting running.


Snow, snow, snow!

A three-hour delay ensued as bad weather prevented the medical helicopter from taking off. And when the session was green flagged only 5 drivers went out.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso braved the conditions and set the only time of the day – a 2:18.545 – a mere one minute and 10 seconds shy of the lap record.

Mercedes and Ferrari did not run with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo venturing out for 2 laps which included a trip to the gravel.

Off track, a proposal to extend the test by an extra day has been vetoed by two of the teams meaning that this will not go ahead.

Day 3 Time-sheet

  1. Fernando AlonsoMcLaren – 2:18:545 – 11 Laps
  2. Daniel RicciardoRed Bull – N/A – 2 Laps
  3. Brendon HartleyToro Rosso – N/A – 2 Laps
  4. Marcus EricssonSauber – N/A – 1 Lap
  5. Robert KubicaWilliams – N/A – 1 Lap

Barcelona Test, Day 2

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ends Day 2 of Pre-Season Testing quickest as rain continues to hamper teams.


Vettel on top with Bottas close behind

Mercedes Valterri Bottas set the pace in the morning session as cool temperatures disrupted running. The Finn was closely followed by the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc got their hands on the 2018 cars with both managing 31 and 38 laps each.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was the only driver not to set a timed lap due to a fuel leak.

After the lunch-break, Vettel assumed control at the top of the time-sheets and ended up just 2 laps short of 100 laps. Bottas dropped to 2nd and got to within 3 tenths of Vettel’s 1:19:673.

After solving the fuel leak, Verstappen was finally able to get some proper running in the car. Verstappen recovered a spin to log 67 laps and to 4th on the time-sheets.

After managing 28 laps in the morning session, Vandoorne and McLaren would be hit by an Exhaust issue which limited the Belgian to just 37 laps for the whole day.

It was another good end to the day for Toro Rosso as Gasly would complete 82 laps and to 6th quickest.

Williams split driving duties between Sergey Sirotkin and reserve driver Robert Kubica with Kubica ahead of Sirotkin in 7th and 8th. Both would complete 100 laps for Williams.

Day 2 Time-sheet

  1. Sebastian VettelFerrari – 1:19:673 – 98 Laps
  2. Valterri BottasMercedes – 1:19:976 – 94 Laps
  3. Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren – 1:20:325 – 37 Laps
  4. Max VerstappenRed Bull – 1:20:326 – 67 Laps
  5. Carlos SainzRenault – 1:21:212 – 65 Laps
  6. Pierre GaslyToro Rosso – 1:21:318 – 82 Laps
  7. Robert KubicaWilliams – 1:21:495 – 48 Laps
  8. Sergey SirotkinWilliams – 1:21:822 – 52 Laps
  9. Esteban OconForce India – 1:21:841 – 79 Laps
  10. Charles LeclercSauber – 1:22:721 – 81 Laps
  11. Kevin MagnussenHaas – 1:22:727 – 36 Laps

Barcelona Test, Day 1

Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo has ended the first day of Pre-Season Testing for 2018 on top as rain affects running in the second-half of the day.


Ricciardo on top as rain disrupts running

Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo kicked off the morning session in control and setting the pace at the top of the time-sheets. The Australian was closely followed by Mercedes Valterri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso had a disruptive morning as the Spaniard spun off into the gravel at the last corner. He had lost control of the car when his right rear wheel came off. McLaren have blamed a “wheel nut issue” while Alonso lost valuable running time.

It was also a solid start to the day for Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley as they racked 73 and 72 laps respectively.

Ricciardo would stay ahead after the lunch break as rain hit the Circuit de Catalunya. Lewis Hamilton took over from Bottas at Mercedes but due to the conditions, the Brit managed 25 laps.

Alonso recovered to 7th fastest with 51 laps in the Renault-powered McLaren MCL33. Carlos Sainz took over from Hulkenberg at Renault clocking 26 laps and 6th fastest overall.

Williams ran Lance Stroll in the morning session where the Canadian could manage 46 laps. New team-mate for 2018, Sergey Sirotkin, took over after lunch and completed 28 laps for the Grove outfit.

Haas and Sauber had a relatively quiet day with Romain Grosjean completing 55 laps for Haas and Marcus Ericsson completing 63 for Sauber.

Force India, who unveiled their 2018 challenger along with Toro Rosso before the day got started, ran Nikita Mazepin. Mazepin completed 22 laps all day after the Russian found the gravel trap in the morning session, only this time his spin at Turn 4.

Day 1 Time-sheet

  1. Daniel RicciardoRed Bull – 1:20:179 – 105 Laps
  2. Valterri BottasMercedes – 1:20:349 – 58 Laps
  3. Kimi RaikkonenFerrari – 1:20: 506 – 80 Laps
  4. Nico HulkenbergRenault – 1:20:547 – 73 Laps
  5. Carlos SainzRenault – 1:22:168 – 26 Laps
  6. Lewis HamiltonMercedes – 1:22:327 – 25 Laps
  7. Fernando AlonsoMcLaren – 1:22:354  – 51 Laps
  8. Brendon HartleyToro Rosso – 1:22:371 – 93 Laps
  9. Lance StrollWilliams – 1:22:452 – 46 Laps
  10. Romain GrosjeanHaas – 1:22:578 – 55 Laps
  11. Marcus EricssonSauber – 1:23:408 – 63 Laps
  12. Nikita MazepinForce India – 1:25:628 – 22 Laps
  13. Sergey SirotkinWilliams – 1:44:148 – 28 Laps


F1 News Round-up #11

The 11th instalment of the monthly F1 News segment with stories including the News that Fernando Alonso will race at Le Mans and that F1 will now use “Grid Kids” instead of “Grid Girls”.


Alonso to race at Le Mans

McLaren driver and two-time champion Fernando Alonso will race in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) which includes the famous 24hr of Le Mans with Toyota. This comes after Alonso’s attempt at the Daytona 24hr and his attempt in the Indy 500 last year.

McLaren have confirmed Alonso will miss the Japanese leg of the WEC season as it clashes with F1’s United States GP in late October. Alonso remains committed to McLaren and F1 as this year promises to bring better results with new engine partners Renault.

Alonso will now have two chances to win part of the triple crown – first in 2018 and then in 2019 with Toyota. Alonso has set himself the target of winning motorsport’s so-called ‘triple crown’ of the Monaco Grand Prix, which he has won twice, Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. Only Graham Hill has achieved the feat so far.

F1 to stop using “grid girls” with replacing them with “grid kids”

Formula 1 will end the long-standing practice of using walk-on grid girls, commencing with the start of the 2018 Championship in Australia for the first race of the season. This was met with mixed opinions with Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda wanting the decision to be reversed.

“Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1.

Less than a week later, Formula One announced that a new partnership with called “Grid Kids”, to make the pre-race ceremony more relevant and interesting for fans, especially the younger ones.

“This will be an extraordinary moment for these youngsters: imagine, standing beside their heroes, watch as they prepare to race, the elite of the elite in motorsport, to be there, alongside them in those precious few minutes just before the start. What better way to inspire the next generation of Formula 1 heroes.” Bratches quoted.

Wehrlein returns to DTM for 2018

2017 Sauber F1 Driver Pascal Wehrlein will return to the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) for 2018 after losing his F1 seat at Sauber. The Mercedes-backed driver will again race for the German manufacturer in their final season before moving to Formula E. Having 3 years prior experience in the category before landing an F1 seat with Manor in 2016, he became the youngest DTM champion in 2015.

Pirelli Hot Laps to launch in 2018

The Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps programme will allow spectators, celebrities and guests attending a Race to have an extraordinary and unique experience: being driven in a supercar by a professional racing driver. McLaren is the first of two manufacturers to confirm their participation in ten events. Guests could be driven by Reserve and test driver, Lando Norris, McLaren Ambassador, Mika Hakkinen, or race drivers, Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.



F1 2018: Talking Tyres

Pirelli have introduced two new tyre compounds ahead of the 2018 F1 Season in addition to the 5 tyre compounds in 2017. So what are the new compounds and how will this effect racing in 2018?


For 2018, Pirelli, the official tyre supplier for Formula One, have introduced two new tyre compounds for 2018. These two will be the Hypersoft and Superhard tyre. This is in addition to the Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft, Medium and Hard compound tyres.

In 2017, the rules to widen the tyres, Pirelli decided to play it safe and constructed the tyre in a way so it wouldn’t degrade quickly. This led to a lot of races in 2017 being very predictable due to normally having a one-stop race. So for 2018, Pirelli have widened their range.

The softer a compound is, the faster it will be and it will have a short life-span. The harder a compound is, the slower it will be and it will have a long life-span.

The Hypersoft tyre will be the softest tyre on range with the Superhard being the hardest tyre on range. Having a wider range means that Pirelli can better select the right tyre for a GP weekend. Their hope is to have as many races as possible to have a two-stop race. For the viewers, this should mean more unpredictable and exciting races.

The colour coding for 2018 as follows: Hypersoft (pink), Ultrasoft (purple), Supersoft (red), Soft (yellow), Medium (white), Hard (blue), Superhard (orange).

Tyre Choice

Before a GP weekend, Pirelli chose 3 compounds that they’ll bring to a race. These decisions have to be made:

  • 9 weeks before a European race (e.g Monaco, Belgian GPs)
  • 15 weeks before a non-European race (e.g Australia, United States GPs)

Each driver will have 13 sets of tyres to use during the weekend. In this set, Pirelli will choose two mandatory tyres to be used during the race. Each driver must use at least of these tyres during the race. Pirelli will also pick one tyre to be used in Q3 if the driver makes it into the final part of Qualifying. The remaining 10 sets of tyre can be chosen by the driver and team.

Giving back tyres

In a F1 weekend, there are 7 sessions. 3 Practise sessions, 3 parts of qualifying and the race itself. The team must start giving back sets of tyres to Pirelli at certain points throughout the weekend.

  • One set of tyres must be given back to Pirelli 40 minutes into Practise 1.
  • One set of tyres must be given back to Pirelli at the end of Practise 1.
  • Two sets of tyres must be given back to Pirelli as the end of Practise 2.
  • Two sets of tyres must be given back to Pirelli at the end of Practise 3.

This leaves 4 sets of tyres for Qualifying plus the tyre for Q3. If the driver makes it through to Q3, they must hand that tyre back at the end of that session. If the driver make it through to Q3, they must start on the tyre in which they set their fastest time on in Q2. Everyone else can start whatever tyre they want.