2018 saw Lewis Hamilton write his name into the record books as he drew level with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio on 5 Formula 1 World Championships. Only Michael Schumacher has more, and his tally of 7 seems firmly within the grasp of this uniquely talented 34-year-old. It is in Schumacher’s company that Hamilton’s name belongs, as he continues to collect records: most career pole positions (82); most World Championship points in a season (408) and in a career (3018); highest ratio of race wins compared to race starts (32%): the list goes on…
For all that, a combination of Hamilton’s confirmed greatness and some hefty mistakes from Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team saw the 2018 F1 season die out with a bit of a whimper. With the driver’s championship wrapped up in Mexico and Hamilton strolling to celebratory wins in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, it seemed the world’s mind was already on 2019.
Ferrari Dominate Testing
If that’s where Ferrari’s minds were, it looks set to pay dividends as we head into Melbourne. February’s pre-season testing saw them emerge as clear early favourites, with a car that is on the one hand reliable but above all is lightning quick. Some experts are predicting a 0.4s-per-lap advantage over their nearest rivals come lights out at Albert Park. If that’s the case, Hamilton and Mercedes have some serious catching up to do.
The great story is the return of Robert Kubica, back in the seat at Williams having suffered a near-fatal crash in a rally car in 2011. In other moves, Daniel Ricciardo leaves Red Bull for Renault, while Kimi Raikkonen’s move to the new Alfa Romeo team leaves room for Charles Leclerc to occupy the dream seat at Ferrari.
Where To Watch
3 races on the calendar stand out as huge highlights:
- Monaco (May 26) – F1’s blue riband event and spiritual home. Always a highlight for drivers and spectators. Join us here on our luxury trackside superyacht or with one of our travel packages – including our Day Trip
- Singapore (September 22) – a truly spectacular street-race, taking place under the lights of Singapore with night-time in the city its incredible backdrop. Get in touch with our team for hospitality and travel options.
- Abu Dhabi (December 1) – with the Championship race looking tighter than ever before, it’s likely to go down to the wire, and what better place for the season climax than Yas Marina. Get in touch for VIP yacht and terrace hospitality as well as travel options.