Hello f1 fans! Kidslovef1 is back for another great season of Formula 1! However, this year things are different. There is more at stake than ever before. 2 great champions, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will battle it out and see who comes out on top. The 3 top teams, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull look more closely matched than ever and I have no idea who is going to win. This season will also see the controversial introduction of the halo (the thing you see over the cockpit) which I will talk about in a future post.
PRE SEASON TESTING
In pre season testing, the teams have a chance to test out their new cars, and get them in optimal racing condition. The testing took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. This will also be the host of the 5th race of the 2018 season. Let’s see how all the teams are looking.
The defending champions again look the team to beat. They didn’t set the fastest lap time in testing, but was excellent in the longer runs, showing incredible reliability, traveling the distance for London to Cairo in total!
After a chance at beating lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to the driver’s title slipped through their fingers, Ferrari look to beat Mercedes this year and again have remained their closest challenger. They looked a little bit down on pace compared to their rivals, but set the fastest time in the whole of testing on the new and fastest Hyper-soft tyers.
Red Bull comes into this year looking a lot more competitive than last year and look to be in the mix with Ferrari and Mercedes.
Force India was the best midfield team last year but have looked off the pace. They will have a lot of work to if they want to be where they were last year.
Williams have came in with the least experienced driver line up on the grid with Canadian Lance Stroll and Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin.
Renault looks right in the mix in the midfield this year, but their ending still lacks power compared to the Mercedes or Ferrari engines. This makes them slow on the straights.
The team made the switch from previous year Ferrari engines to McLaren engines. This means they can develop their car a lot more during the season and won’t get left behind.
The American team has looked to be one of the faster midfield teams in testing, setting some very quick lap times. We will see how they fare in the first race in Australia.
After three disappointing seasons, McLaren split with their engine manufacturer Honda and now uses Renault engines. The team have had a lot of breakdowns so far but testing is rarely an accurate factor of the teams’ performance.
Sauber are hoping to be closer to the midfield teams and hopefully fight for the lower points places (9th, 10th). They have engines supplied by Alfa Romeo.
I really hope that 2018 will be a season remembered by many for years to come and we are long overdue for a great and exiting season of Formula 1. I can not wait until the lights go out in Melbourne and I hope you can’t either.
Bye For Now!