With so many things happening in the F1 world it’s hard to keep up, here are a few key points in the changes so far.
For me getting rid of the formula 1 grid girls and replacing them with kids can only be a good thing to push the sport forward in a positive manner. It’s also a really good idea to use Karter’s or under 16s that are racing in any form, I can only hope that the kids that participate will gain some benefits and this will encourage them to pursue their own careers.
The race calendar this year is a bit extreme with 21 races compared to the 19 of last year. However to have Germany and France included on the calendar is a good thing, especially the German grand prix with 3 German drivers. I’m also pretty sure that the Nurburgring and Hockenheim will take it in turns again to host each year. I’m also really surprised to see that the French grand prix is not at Magny-Cours, it is instead at Le Castellet which is a circuit that I have never heard of before.
While we are talking about how many races there are this season 1 man in particular has almost doubled the amount of racing he will be doing in 2018 in his quest to hold the Triple Crown. Races including the Monaco Grand prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours. That man is of course Fernando Alonso, not only is he racing in Formula one this year he is racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours and also competing in all the rounds of the World Endurance Cars that don’t clash with his Formula one responsibilities, this does mean that he will race 6 races in 7 weeks and surely this will have a physical effect on him.
The changes in the driver market are as follows. There are no changes at Mercedes, Ferrari, Redbull, Force India, Hass and Mclaren. With all the remaining teams changing a driver for the new season. To summarise: Carlos Sainz jr is now with Renault; Toro Rosso now have Hartley and Gasley; Williams have signed Sergey Sirotkin and Sauber have signed Leclerc.
While talking about drivers and teams, there are still a few drivers out of contract at the end of this coming season. Lewis Hamilton is one driver but I’m sure Mercedes are deep in contract talks with him. Another driver Daniel Riccardo who wants to wait and see how this year’s car is performing before signing again with Red Bull. It’s got to be on his mind that Valtteri Bottas only has this year left so could Daniel be poised for a switch to Mercedes and could Bottas go to Red Bull? I’m pretty sure that if Daniel does go to Mercedes then Red Bull won’t have Bottas they will instead put Carlos Sainz into the Red Bull because of the amount of young drivers they like to push into the sport.
So as you can see there are loads of changes happening this season and possibly next season too. Roll on winter testing and Melbourne on the 25th of March, It should be a good year and I hope the racing is a bit closer than last year.
To keep up to date with what’s happening visit https://www.formula1.com/
By Ben Goodwin