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Formula 1 season 2018

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Formula 1 season 2018
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Points allocation
PositionPoints
1st25
2nd18
3rd15
4th12
5th10
6th8
7th6
8th4
9th2
10th1

The 69th season of the F1 championship has a whopping 21 races on the calendar, and features the return of France and Germany, the disappearance of Malaysia, and the reshuffling of several events including Russia. With a long, long season ready to deliver what will hopefully be another fantastic championship fight, the 2018 season has plenty going for it.

Season overview

The regulations have remained consistent for another season, although teams and drivers have had to adapt to the introduction of the new cockpit protection device - the halo. Although not a popular addition to the cars, the improvement in safety is considered to be worth the perhaps unpleasant aesthetics that come with it. More than anything, it at least means we can at least stop speculating about what will be introduced.

The drivers have remained surprisingly consistent as well, particularly towards the top of the championship standings. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are all keeping their drivers on board for another season, which means we could be in for some more fascinating teammate battles as the season drags on. It was fabulous to see the championship fight be undertaken by two different teams, rather than all the pressure being on Mercedes, and hopefully we can see more of the same this year.

Season calendar

EventCountryDate
Australian Grand PrixAustralia25 Mar
Chinese Grand PrixChina08 Apr
Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain15 Apr
Azerbaijan Grand PrixAzerbaijan29 Apr
Spanish Grand PrixSpain13 May
Monaco Grand PrixMonaco27 May
Canadian Grand PrixCanada10 Jun
French Grand PrixFrance24 Jun
Austrian Grand PrixAustria01 Jul
British Grand PrixUnited Kingdom08 Jul
German Grand PrixGermany22 Jul
Hungarian Grand PrixHungary29 Jul
Belgian Grand PrixBelgium26 Aug
Italian Grand PrixItaly02 Sep
Singapore Grand PrixSingapore16 Sep
Russian Grand PrixRussia30 Sep
Japanese Grand PrixJapan07 Oct
United States Grand PrixUnited States21 Oct
Mexican Grand PrixMexico28 Oct
Brazilian Grand PrixBrazil11 Nov
Abu Dhabi Grand PrixAbu Dhabi25 Nov

F1 team launches

TeamLocationDate
Scuderia FerrariBarcelona, Spain26 Feb