New year, new championship: The first race of the 2018 F1 season doesn’t take place until March but with car launches and tests coming up it’ll feel much sooner.
Here’s everything we know about the new world championship season.
Just one place on the grid remains up for grabs as 2018 begins. Williams is yet to announce who will partner Lance Stroll following the retirement of Felipe Massa. This time last year Massa was talked out of retirement after Williams let Valtteri Bottas move to Mercedes, but assuming he is gone for good this time there are two front runners in the hunt for a seat.
These are Robert Kubica, who would make an extraordinary return from injury if he did join the team, and rookie Sergey Sirotkin. Williams have ruled others including Oliver Rowland out of contention.
Several drivers changed teams during last season and will stay in place as the new season begins: Carlos Sainz Jnr at Renault, Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley at Toro Rosso.
The only other change in the 2018 roster is at Sauber, where Charles Leclerc arrives in place of Pascal Wehrlein.
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Teams and engines
The big change among the teams last year was McLaren’s decision to sever its relationship with works engine supplier Honda. It is now a Renault customer and Toro Rosso has taken over its Honda engine supply.
The only other major change is at Sauber, whose Ferrari engines are now branded Alfa Romeos. In a significant change, they will now have current-specification power units, as fellow Ferrari customers Haas do, instead of year-old examples.
There is a record-equalling 21 rounds on this year’s schedule. Sepang (Malaysia) is gone but Paul Ricard (France) will return after a 10-year absence and the Hockenheimring has one year left on its contract to hold the German Grand Prix in even-numbered years.
Get the 2018 F1 calendar on your mobile device
Don’t miss any of this year’s action. All of the 2018 season races are listed here and the times of each session plus the car launch dates will be added once they are confirmed:
Get more 2018 racing calendars
Find calendars for more 2018 series here:
- IndyCar calendar
- World Endurance Championship calendar
- Formula E calendar
- Formula Two calendar
- GP3 calendar
Read up on the new rules
The biggest rule change for 2018 is the arrival of the controversial Halo head protection system, which is going to make the cars look very different
Among other changes is a further reduction in the number of power units each driver is allowed throughout the season. This will fall to three, meaning each unit will have to last seven events on average. The grid penalty rules have been revised slightly as a result.
Further changes to the rules for 2018 may yet still be announced. Read more about the rules changes confirmed so far here:
Plan your 2018 grand prix trip
Will you be visiting a race during 2018? Hit our dedicated discussion forums to find other fans who’ve been before or are also planning trips this year:
- Going to the 2018 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park
- Going to the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit
- Going to the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit
- Going to the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City circuit
- Going to the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya
- Going to the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix at Monte-Carlo
- Going to the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
- Going to the 2018 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
- Going to the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at Silverstone
- Going to the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone
- Going to the 2018 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring
- Going to the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring
- Going to the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps
- Going to the 2018 Italian Grand Prix at Monza
- Going to the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay
- Going to the 2018 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi
- Going to the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
- Going to the 2018 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas
- Going to the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
- Going to the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
- Going to the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina
See here for more information on how to plan a trip to an F1 race, what to take with you and more:
Follow the 2018 drivers, teams and more
The F1 Fanatic Twitter Directory includes all the drivers, team members and other significant F1 names.
The only drivers who do not maintain an official Twitter presence are Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. But you can find details for the drivers who do – and many others – here:
And of course make sure you’re following F1 Fanatic’s Twitter accounts:
- F1 Fanatic: F1 Tweets straight from the editor including links to all new articles
- F1 Fanatic Live: Live F1 session coverage
- F1 Fanatic Update: Just links to new articles on F1 Fanatic – nothing else
Show who you’re supporting in 2018
Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley all embark on their first full seasons this year. Which of the established racers and new names will you be backing?
Here’s how you can show who you’re supporting on F1 Fanatic:
- Log in with your F1 Fanatic account (sign up here if you don’t have one)
- Select Edit My Profile from the top-right menu
- Select F1 Teams and Drivers
- Make your selections then click Save Changes
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