Beauty and the Beast: F1 arrives in 2018

As I tap out this blog my senses are attacked by the Beast from the East, which is hurling snow at the door and whistling a hurricane through the window panes.  Our arctic guest has thrilled schoolchildren and horrified parents, caused chaos on the roads, cancelled plans and thrown a final wintry purgatory at commuters.  In such a backdrop have we limped into March, and never has the promise of spring seemed so far away.

But March it is, and to remind us that spring, and the hope of something better, is indeed around the corner, Formula 1 has come roaring back into our lives!

With the Australian Grand Prix just three weeks away, the cars and drivers have been revealed, and we’ve just seen 3 days of testing in a Baltic Barcelona.  As the countdown begins, let’s take a quick look at the front of the grid to see how the teams sit, what’s happened over the winter and what – if anything – the first session of testing can tell us about the year to come.

If all this is whetting the appetite, don’t forget you can be there!  Formula 1 arrives at its favourite and most glamorous destination in May, with the Monaco Grand Prix, and we have our very own luxury superyacht moored trackside where you can enjoy VIP Yacht Hospitality and watch the 2018 F1 beasts roar through the streets of Monte Carlo.  We’ll even be welcoming aboard one or two drivers who competed in F1 in 2017…

The Top Three

Mercedes (GER)

2017 Constructors Championship: 1st

Lewis Hamilton (GBR)
2017 Drivers’ Championship: 1st
2017 Pole Positions: 11
2017 Grand Prix Wins: 9

Valtteri Bottas (FIN)
2017 Drivers’ Championship: 4th
2017 Pole Positions: 4
2017 Grand Prix Wins: 3

Mercedes expected – and got – a bigger challenge from Ferrari in 2017 but after a staggering second half of the season managed to rack up 15 poles, 12 GP victories and the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships. While cold temperatures and snow meant any results from the first pre-season test should be taken with a pinch of salt, Mercedes were ominously reliable and Hamilton ominously quick.

Mercedes remain the team to beat, and Hamilton remains the driver. That said, number 2 driver Bottas has made some interesting noises pre-season: he seems determined to mount a bigger challenge to his teammate this year, and isn’t afraid to cause some friction in doing so.

Ferrari (ITA)

2017 Constructors Championship: 2nd

Sebastian Vettel (GER)
2017 Drivers’ Championship: 2nd
2017 Pole Positions: 4
2017 Grand Prix Wins: 5

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)
2017 Drivers’ Championship: 4th
2017 Pole Positions: 1
2017 Grand Prix Wins: 0

Ferrari entered the 2017 season with high hopes and enjoyed a storming first half of the season as Vettel won 3 of the first 6 Grands Prix. Things turned at Silverstone as Vettel limped home in 7th and Hamilton picked up the first of 6 wins in the next 8 GP’s. The first pre-season test showed that Ferrari will be competitive and reliable, and they’ll be determined to carry their challenge past the summer break and beyond.

Red Bull (AUT)

2017 Constructors Championship: 3rd

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)
2017 Drivers’ Championship: 5th
2017 Pole Positions: 0
2017 Grand Prix Wins: 1

Max Verstappen (NED)
2017 Drivers’ Championship: 6th
2017 Pole Positions: 0
2017 Grand Prix Wins: 2

Red Bull’s engine woes have been well-documented and they go into the 2018 season with a new supplier having swapped Renault for Honda, with McLaren doing the reverse. This will no doubt provide a diverting subtext in the coming months, but Red Bull want to be competing at the front of the Grid, where they’ll be looking for improved engine performance to build on 3 race wins in 2017.

Monaco Grand Prix

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