Because of the increasing popularity of the sport, F1 owners Liberty Media are considering expanding the calendar over the coming years, and in 2018 we see one more race than in 2017 with a total of 21, with Germany returning after a one-year hiatus, while Malaysia drops out. There will also be some alterations to some of the staple tracks on the circuit, to ensure the challenge to the drivers is maintained and the action is kept as exciting as possible.
|25-03-2018||GP Australia||Melbourne||Info and history|
|08-04-2018||GP Bahrain||Sakhir||Info and history|
|15-04-2018||GP China||Shanghai||Info and history|
|29-04-2018||GP Azerbaijan||Bakou||Info and history|
|13-05-2018||GP Spain||Barcelone||Info and history|
|27-05-2018||GP Monaco||Monaco||Info and history|
|10-06-2018||GP Canada||Montréal||Info and history|
|24-06-2018||GP France||Le Castellet||Info and history|
|01-07-2018||GP Austria||Spielberg||Info and history|
|08-07-2018||GP Britain||Silverstone||Info and history|
|22-07-2018||GP Germany||Hockenheim||Info and history|
|29-07-2018||GP Hungary||Hungaroring||Info and history|
|26-08-2018||GP Belgium||Spa-Francorchamps||Info and history|
|02-09-2018||GP Italy||Monza||Info and history|
|16-09-2018||GP Singapore||Singapour||Info and history|
|30-09-2018||GP Russia||Sochi||Info and history|
|07-10-2018||GP Japan||Suzuka||Info and history|
|21-10-2018||GP USA||Austin||Info and history|
|28-10-2018||GP Mexico||Mexico City||Info and history|
|11-11-2018||GP Brazil||Interlagos||Info and history|
|25-11-2018||GP Abu Dhabi||Yas Marina||Info and history|
Lewis Hamilton will once again be the favourite to win the driver’s championship, having collected three out of the last four crowns. Mercedes are also expected to be even stronger, giving team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished the 2017 strongly, the opportunity to compete, too.
Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari will look to put a frustrating year behind them and will look to close the gap on Mercedes in the close season. Vettel will be paired with Kimi Raikkonen for the fourth season in succession.
There is real excitement surrounding Red Bull and whether they can continue their rapid improvement, solidifying themselves as the third force in F1. With an impressive driver pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and the thrilling Max Verstappen, they are expecting to be competitive as they were in 2017.
The ability for teams beyond that to compete and even win races will depend on how successful their close seasons in the garage are; there are precious seconds to make up and their innovations will be another interesting battle next year.