2018 Formula One World Championship

2018 FIA Formula One
World Championship
Drivers' Champion: Lewis Hamilton
Constructors' Champion: Mercedes
Pole Trophy: Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton won his fifth Drivers' Championship
Mercedes retained the Constructors' Championship for a fifth consecutive year; pictured is the F1 W09 EQ Power+, their car for the 2018 season

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship was the motor racing championship for Formula One cars and the 69th running of the Formula One World Championship. Formula One is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams competed in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championship titles.

Lewis Hamilton won the World Drivers' Championship title, while his team, Mercedes, secured the World Constructors' Championship title. Hamilton clinched his fifth title at the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix, with the team securing its fifth consecutive title at the following race. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished runner-up, 88 points behind Hamilton, with his teammate Kimi Räikkönen finishing third. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes finished 84 points ahead of Ferrari, with Red Bull Racing third.

Entries

The following teams and drivers participated in the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. All teams competed with tyres supplied by Pirelli.

For the first time in Formula One history, all regular drivers competed in all races. No replacement drivers competed during any race weekend, with the exception of free practice sessions.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Power unit Race drivers Free Practice drivers
No. Driver name Rounds No. Driver name
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO 5
7
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Finland Kimi Räikkönen
All
All
N/A
India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-Mercedes VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 11
31
Mexico Sergio Pérez
France Esteban Ocon
1–12
1–12
34 Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team[note 1] Force India-Mercedes VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 11
31
Mexico Sergio Pérez
France Esteban Ocon
13–21
13–21
34 Canada Nicholas Latifi
United States Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO 8
20
France Romain Grosjean
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
All
All
N/A
United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren-Renault MCL33 Renault R.E.18 2
14
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Spain Fernando Alonso
All
All
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris
Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 44
77
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Finland Valtteri Bottas
All
All
N/A
Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14 TAG Heuer[note 2] 3
33
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Netherlands Max Verstappen
All
All
N/A
France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 27
55
Germany Nico Hülkenberg
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
All
All
46 Russia Artem Markelov
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber-Ferrari C37 Ferrari 062 EVO 9
16
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Monaco Charles Leclerc
All
All
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda STR13 Honda RA618H 10
28
France Pierre Gasly
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
All
All
38 Indonesia Sean Gelael
United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams-Mercedes FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 18
35
Canada Lance Stroll
Russia Sergey Sirotkin
All
All
40 Poland Robert Kubica
Sources:[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Team changes

McLaren terminated their engine partnership with Honda and instead signed a three-year deal for power units supplied by Renault.[24] The team cited Honda's repeated failure to supply a reliable and competitive power unit as the reason for ending the partnership.[24]

Toro Rosso parted ways with Renault – allowing McLaren to finalise their agreement with Renault – and came to an agreement to use Honda power units.[25] As part of the deal, Red Bull Racing loaned Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. to Renault's works team.[26][27]

Sauber renewed their partnership with Ferrari, upgrading to current-specification power units after using year-old power units in 2017.[28][29]

Mid-season changes

Force India were placed into administration on 27 July 2018, during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.[30] After speculation of a purchase,[31] any sale of the team in a short time-span was complicated by legal proceedings against certain shareholders and the need for debt settlement.[32] A consortium led by Lawrence Stroll purchased the racing assets and operations of Force India through a company named Racing Point UK Ltd.[33] The original team, known as "Sahara Force India", was then excluded from the Constructors' Championship on the grounds of their inability to participate in remaining races. This allowed a new team known as "Racing Point Force India" to apply for a late entry and start their participation in the championship from the Belgian Grand Prix.[1][34] The team was required to keep "Force India" as part of their constructor name as their chassis had been homologated under the Force India name and Formula One sporting regulations required the constructor name to include the chassis name.[35][32] The new team began with zero points in the Constructors' Championship, though their drivers retained the points they had scored in the Drivers' Championship.[34] The other teams later agreed to allow the Racing Point Force India team to retain prize money accrued by Sahara Force India in the preceding years.[36][32]

Driver changes

Charles Leclerc (top) and Sergey Sirotkin (bottom) made their Formula One débuts with Sauber and Williams respectively.

Toro Rosso signed 2016 GP2 Series champion Pierre Gasly and two-time World Endurance champion Brendon Hartley as their full-time drivers for 2018.[37] Both Gasly and Hartley made their Formula One débuts with the team in the latter stages of the 2017 championship.[37] Daniil Kvyat left the team and the Red Bull driver programme, securing a development role with Ferrari.[38]

Charles Leclerc, the reigning Formula 2 champion, made his competitive début with Sauber.[39] Leclerc, who had previously driven in Friday practice sessions in 2016 and 2017, was hired by the team to replace Pascal Wehrlein.[39] Wehrlein was ultimately unable to secure a race seat and was instead enlisted as one of Mercedes's test and reserve drivers while racing full-time in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series.[40][41][42]

Williams driver Felipe Massa retired from Formula One at the end of the 2017 championship.[43] Massa was replaced by former Renault test driver and SMP Racing driver Sergey Sirotkin, who made his competitive début with the team.[44]

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