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2018 Formula One Season

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  1. newbie_kimber

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    So the season is almost upon us, with just 51 days until FP1 in Melbourne.

    Launch season and pre-season testing is set to begin before this, with the first (confirmed) car launches starting in a couple of weeks.

    Personally, I'm pumped, as always, for this season. What can we expect?

    Mercedes - the dominators of the hybrid era, and no real reason to think that they won't be there at the pointy end once again with Lewis aiming to beat Vettel to a 5th title. Bottas should be stronger this year, having a year in the Merc system.

    Ferrari - threw away the title in 2017 and Seb will be hungry to write the wrongs of the year. Kimi enters another season as the possibility it is his last, and while he did have some anonymous races last year, he could have easily had two wins - the same amount as Bottas and Verstappen.

    Red Bull -
    started 2017 on the back foot but had all the momentum at the end. Should they start strong, we could find a three-team battle for the title. Max is the favourite son of RBR but you cannot underestimate Dan the Man. Should he nail qualifying, he's proven to be a canny racer and could knock Max off. The most intriguing intra-team battle of the season looms.

    Force India - an unchanged and settled lineup will again see them strong performers, but will be looking over their shoulders at Renault and McLaren. Ocon is a star.

    Williams - one of the oldest teams in F1 could see themselves plummet as low as 9th in the standings with an inexperienced lineup, huge question marks over the ability of Stroll and Sirotkin to help steer development, as well as on track speed. Merc engine helps.

    Renault - the only way is up with a very strong driver lineup and an improving chassis and engine. Sainz and Hulk will push each other all year, 4th in the standings is achievable.

    Toro Rosso - a Honda engine, two inexperienced but decent drivers, lots of what ifs for STR this year coming up. Gasly will be eager to prove he is RBR's next man up.

    Haas - will be another season of same/same for the Americans. Grosjean and Magnussen are decent, albeit not world-beaters, and should get them in the points when the opportunities arise.

    McLaren - the most interesting one of them all. Renault engines, a self-proclaimed outstanding chassis and the best driver on the grid. If the engine holds up, Alonso could finally return to where he belongs, on the podium, hopefully the top step. Stoffel deserves a shot to show what he is really made of also. 4th or 5th in the standings should be their minimum aim.

    Sauber - will improve but likely to be at the foot of the table again. A team in rebuilding mode, but with current Ferrari engines and a future star in Leclerc will see some impressive performances.

    Technology wise we see the power units drop from 4 to 3 this year. T-wings and shark fins are out, and in is the highly controversial and eye-sore Halo.

    The calendar jumps up again to 21 races, with Malaysia making way for French and German GPs, and a triple header for the French-Austrian-GB races. Great success!

    2018 F1 TESTING DATES

    PRE-SEASON TESTING
    February 26-March 1: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
    March 6-9: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

    IN-SEASON TESTING
    May 15-May 16: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
    July 31-August 1: Hungaroring, Budapest

    2018 F1 RACE CALENDAR

    March 25 - Australian GP, Melbourne
    April 8 - Bahrain GP, Sakhir
    April 15 - Chinese GP, Shanghai
    April 29 - Azerbaijan GP, Baku
    May 13 - Spanish GP, Barcelona
    May 27 - Monaco GP, Monaco
    June 10 - Canadian GP, Montreal
    June 24 - French GP, Le Castellet
    July 1 - Austrian GP, Spielberg
    July 8 - British GP, Silverstone
    July 22 - German GP, Hockenheim
    July 29 - Hungarian GP, Budapest
    August 26 - Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps
    September 2 - Italian GP, Monza
    September 16 - Singapore GP, Marina Bay
    September 30 - Russian GP, Sochi
    October 7 - Japanese GP, Suzuka
    October 21 - United States GP, Austin
    October 28 - Mexican GP, Mexico City
    November 11 - Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo
    November 25 - Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina

     

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    haha dreamt last night that my brother told me that Dan qualified 2nd in Melbourne then i was like "who got 1st,Hamilton?", "yep"
     
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    I think it's 11pm est?
     
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    Excited the French and German tracks have made a return. And I'm looking forward to seeing how the McLaren Renault partnership goes.
     
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    If Alonso isn't too distracted by his other endeavours this year then I can see him causing the top 6 some headaches.

    Will be heading over to Melbourne for round 1.
     
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    Indycar is less secure but they adopted for the less secure option. Well done F1.

     
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    Gee they sound better too
     
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    It's pretty funny that the promo commercial for the AGP features an attractive woman every 3rd shot.
     
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    That was a commercial for the AGP.......

    Well I never
     
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    Would love to see Alonso have a real crack at some victories this year.


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    Nice season preview. Hopefully the year can rise to the possibilities and doesn't fizzle into another Mercedes/Lewis benefit.
     
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    I hope not too but given the reliability issues of the rest and the decrease in power units......
     
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    Yes, I won't be holding my breath.
     
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    Man Hamilton is such a beast. Superb video. Valsecchi did well, got a lot out of Hamilton here.

     
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    The pushing back of the races an hour is going to make it hard to watch this year. 1030 starts here will probably just watch the start
     
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    It will definitely be tougher - but still better than the dark ages of Channel 9 showing them on a 2-3 hour delay!
     
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    Haas and Williams have launched their cars for 2018. Reminder that the Halo is in for this year
    I will update this post with the other cars as they are announced

    Haas
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    Glad they are using a bit more black instead of gray

    Williams
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    Red Bull - 19th Feb (not the race livery)

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    Sauber - 20th Feb
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    Renault - 20th Feb
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    Ferrari - 22nd Feb
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    Mercedes - 22nd Feb
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    McLaren - 23rd Feb
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    Torro Rosso - 26th Feb
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    Force India - 26th Feb
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    That Haas is sexy.
     
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    The Williams looks like it drove through muddy flood waters. I like it though.
     
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    Does anyone have a time for the Red Bull launch today. Cant find anything on it.
     
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    I can find a link for a " coming soon" page.
    Coming Soon... Here's a date for the diary: we'll be launching the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB14 on February 19th.
    When you click the link it says page not available.
     
  25. happy_eagle

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    Won't be the race livery, that will be revealed at pre season testing next week.

    Love the Aston Martin rear wing
     
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