2018 F1 World Championship

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2018 was billed as a showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel as they vied to win a fifth world title. Vettel began the season by winning the opening two races and the Ferrari was the quickest car for much of the year, but it was Hamilton and Mercedes-Benz that prevailed once more.
The Englishman combined excellent qualifying with relentless speed and consistency on raceday to ease to 11 victories and a dominant title as Ferrari’s season unraveled. In contrast, Vettel made too many mistakes including crashing out of the lead in Germany. Vettel’s win in Belgium appeared to restore championship momentum but he did not win again.

Valtteri Bottas was on course for victories in Azerbaijan and Russia but for a puncture and Mercedes team orders to intervene. Fifth in the final standings represented a disappointing return from a campaign in Hamilton’s shadow. Kimi Räikkönen scored his first victory in over five years and finished third overall after a consistent final season with Ferrari.

Red Bull remained the third-best team on the grid for whom Max Verstappen recovered from a frustrating opening six events to win in Austria and Mexico and clinch fourth in the championship. The chance of a third victory was lost when he crashed with lapped Esteban Ocon in Brazil, an incident that prompted a post-race scuffle. Daniel Ricciardo passed Bottas to win in China and managed mechanical issues to score an emotional victory in Monaco but indifferent qualifying performances and reliability all too often restricted results. The team’s nadir came in Azerbaijan when Verstappen and Ricciardo crashed into each other during the race.

Renault’s Nico Hülkenberg was regularly the best-of-the-rest behind these three teams but a first podium finish remained elusive. Kevin Magnussen enjoyed his most successful Formula 1 season to date, although the Haas driver’s robust tactics were criticized by many.

Force India was acquired by the Racing Point consortium in the summer and previous constructors points were annulled as a consequence. The highlight for the team came in Azerbaijan where Sergio Pérez came third – the only time a driver from outside the top three teams finished on the podium. Team-mate Ocon scored four sixth places but ended the year without a drive.

McLaren continued to struggle despite switching from Honda to Renault engines. Still among the best drivers in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso out-performed his machinery but looked to Le Mans for his chance of further glory. Toro Rosso assumed the role of Honda’s works team while Williams endured a sad campaign at the back of the field. Charles Leclerc enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the Ferrari-powered Sauber team improved. He finished sixth in Baku and completed an error-free season regularly in the points.

The FIA introduced the controversial “halo” cockpit protection structure which was hailed as having saved Leclerc from injury in the first corner accident at Spa-Francorchamps. For the first time in F1 history, there were no mid-season driver changes and all 20 drivers at least scored a point.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Rolex Australian Grand Prix

25/03/2018

Albert Park

58

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

2

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

08/04/2018

Sakhir

57

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

3

Heineken Chinese Grand Prix

15/04/2018

Shanghai

56

Daniel Ricciardo

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

4

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

29/04/2018

Baku

51

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

5

Gran Premio de Espana Emirates

13/05/2018

Catalunya

66

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

6

Grand Prix de Monaco

27/05/2018

Monte Carlo

78

Daniel Ricciardo

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

7

Grand Prix Heineken du Canada

10/06/2018

Montreal

68

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

8

Pirelli Grand Prix de France

24/06/2018

Paul Ricard

53

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

9

Eyetime Grosser Preis von Osterreich

01/07/2018

Spielberg

71

Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

10

Rolex British Grand Prix

08/07/2018

Silverstone

52

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

11

Grosser Preis Emirates von Deutschland

22/07/2018

Hockenheim

67

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

12

Rolex Magyar Nagydij

29/07/2018

Hungaroring

70

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

13

Grand Prix Johnnie Walker de Belgique

26/08/2018

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

14

Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia

02/09/2018

Monza

53

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

15

Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

16/09/2018

Marina Bay

61

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

16

VTB Russian Grand Prix

30/09/2018

Sochi

53

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

17

Honda Japanese Grand Prix

07/10/2018

Suzuka

53

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

18

Pirelli United States Grand Prix

21/10/2018

Austin (COTA)

56

Kimi Raikkonen

Scuderia Ferrari

19

Gran Premio de Mexico

28/10/2018

Mexico City

71

Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

20

Grande Premio Heineken do Brasil

11/11/2018

Interlagos

71

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

21

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

25/11/2018

Yas Marina

55

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

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