The 2018 FIA Formula One season will get off to a speedy start on Sunday the 25th of March with the Melbourne Grand Prix. This glamorous event celebrates its 80th anniversary in Australia this year, having been held Down Under for the first time back in 1928.
With several changes made by F1 manufacturers ahead of the 2018 season, the Melbourne Grand Prix will be a testing ground for new and improved vehicles and power plants. Here are some highlights of the upcoming Grand Prix.
Hamilton set to defend his title again in 2018
2017 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be back again this season, looking to increase his number of championship wins.
The four-time World Champion won the Melbourne Grand Prix in 2015, and is three championships shy of equalling Michael Schumacher’s record.
New changes to F1 vehicles and power plants will be put to the test
Several F1 teams have made changes to their vehicles this season, and the Melbourne Grand Prix will provide the first opportunity to test these out on a competitive track.
- McLaren will no longer use a Honda power plant, having signed a new agreement with Renault
- Honda will now supply the power unit under the hood of the Red Bull Torro Rosso team’s vehicles
Three new drivers to make their debut at Melbourne
The 2018 season will welcome three new, talented drivers to the Formula One circuit:
Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley have been signed by Torro Rosso for the 2018 season. Gasly won the 2016 GP2 Championship, while Hartley has two World Endurance Championships under his belt. These two young drivers are sure to add some excitement to the sport this year.
Charles LeClerc, who is the current Formula 2 Champion, will drive for Sauber this year, while Williams has signed Sergey Sirotkin to replace veteran Felipe Massa who retired from Formula 1 at the end of last year.
Sirotkin is a former Renault test driver and enjoyed a successful SMP Racing career before joining the Formula 1 circuit.
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