Formula One Grand Prix 2018 Season Guide

Formula One Grand Prix 2018

Rivalries renewed, fresh faces & high-octane cars, the drama of Formula 1 is back in 2018. Will the Hamilton-Mercedes partnership triumph again? Can Vettel and Ferrari’s campaign challenge? We examine the 2018 Formula 1 Grand Prix calendar, driver line-ups, betting odds and live stream information.

F1 Drivers Championship Betting Odds (as at March 9 2018)

F1 Drivers Championship Betting Odds


SportsBet Betstar
Lewis Hamilton $2.00 $2.00
Sebastian Vettel $4.33 $4.33
Max Verstappen $6.00 $6.00
Daniel Ricciardo $9.00 $8.50
Valtteri Bottas $13.00 $13.00
Fernando Alonso $17.00 $13.00
Kimi Raikkonen $26.00 $34.00
Carlos Sainz $67.00 $51.00
Nico Hulkenberg $67.00 $51.00
Stoffel Vandoome



 F1 Constructors Championship Odds (as at March 9 2018)


SportsBet Betstar
 Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix  $1.62  $1.57
 Red Bull Racing  $4.00  $3.50
 Ferrari  $4.33  $4.50
 McLaren  $11.00  $17.00
 Renault F1 Team  $81.00  $101.00
 Force India  $251.00  $151.00
Williams $201.00 $251.00
Haas $501.00 $501.00
Toro Russo $501.00 $1001.00
Sauber F1 $501.00 $251.00

Formula 1 2018 – Tips & Predictions

Formula 1 has been dominated by the ‘Mercedes’ show for the last few seasons and if the bookmakers have it right, that will not alter in 2018 and we tend to agree.

Lewis Hamilton overcame a laborious beginning to the 2017 season and made history by winning his fourth Drivers’ Championship, in turn becoming the most- successful British driver in F1 history. Hamilton is the bookies favourite to win the title for a fifth time in 2018.

The Mercedes star is the $1.57 favourite with Betstar after the new cars were put through their paces during pre-season testing this week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Sebastian Vettel is considered Hamilton’s main rival for the Drivers’ Championship. The four-time world champion endured ongoing reliability issues with his Ferrari during the second half the 2017 season. His title quest was derailed, but the final points gap between the two men was not vast. Vettel is quoted at $4.50 with to end his wait for a fifth world championship this coming season.

Red Bull Racing’s pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are next on the line with SportsBet at $6.00 and $9.00 respectively after showing enormous promise in 2017. Hamilton’s team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, is a $13.00 chance with SportsBet after a disappointing first season with Mercedes. He finished third in the standings in a vehicle that was significantly-faster than the rest-of-the-field.

Fernando Alonso is also considered a $13.00 shot with BetStar after a woeful 2017 campaign that saw him gather only 17 points, while Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel’s teammate in the other Ferrari, is a generous $34.00 with

Daniel Ricciardo – Australia’s Great Formula 1 Hope

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo carries the hopes of a nation in becoming the first Australian since Alan Jones in 1980 to win a Formula 1 world championship. He has the skill, he has the winning smile and even has a grandstand named after him at the Melbourne Albert Park Circuit where he will begin the 2018 Formula One World Championship season.

Fervently followed in his Aussie homeland, the young Western-Australian has achieved a larrakin-cult-hero-status, inspired by his ‘shoey’ podium celebrity champagne toasts.

shoey podium celebrity

The smiling Australian’s signature-celebration involves the pouring of podium champagne into a sweaty racing boot, which an unlucky victim is then urged to drink from in front of a global audience.

Ricciardo has convinced people ranging from former F1 driver Mark Webber to MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, and international actors Gerard Butler and Patrick Stewart to join him in the act.

More than just a cult hero, he has serious diving talent and if the Red Bull car can compete with Mercedes team this year, then Ricciardo is a genuine title contender at  a $8.50 with

2018 Formula 1 Race schedule

Race schedule

The 2018 Formula 1 schedule:

  • 25 March: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne 
  • 8 April: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir 
  • 15 April: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai 
  • 29 April: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku 
  • 13 May: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona 
  • 27 May: Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco 
  • 10 June: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal 
  • 24 June: French Grand Prix, Le Castellet 
  • 1 July: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg 
  • 8 July: British Grand Prix, Silverstone 
  • 22 July: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim 
  • 29 July: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest 
  • 26 August: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps 
  • 2 September: Italian Grand Prix, Monza 
  • 16 September: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
  • 30 September: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi 
  • 7 October: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka 
  • 21 October: United States Grand Prix, Austin 
  • 28 October: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City 
  • 11 November: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo 
  • 25 November: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina

Previous Formula 1 World Champions

Drivers’ championship winners since 2008:

  • 2008: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 
  • 2009: Jenson Button (Brawn) 
  • 2010: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 
  • 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 
  • 2012: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 
  • 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 
  • 2014: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 
  • 2015: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 
  • 2016: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 
  • 2017: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Formula 1 2018 – Drivers & Teams

Formula 1 teams and manufacturer line-ups for the upcoming 2018 season:

  • Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas 
  • Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen 
  • Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen 
  • Force India: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon 
  • Williams: Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin 
  • Renault: Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz 
  • Toro Rosso: Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley 
  • Haas: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen 
  • McLaren: Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso 
  • Sauber: Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc

2018 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix – History

Formula 1 Grand Prix History

The Australian Grand Prix dates back to 1928. In 1985, the race was added to the Formula 1 schedule, putting this classic motor race firmly on the international stage in addition to Australia.

Since being added to the Formula 1 calendar in 1985, The Australian Grand Prix it has been held at the Adelaide Street Circuit and since 1996, the race has been hosted by the Albert Park Street Circuit in Melbourne.

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Past Winners

Past Australian formula 1 Grand Prix winners in Melbourne since 1996;

2017 – Sebastian Vettel

2016 – Nico Rosberg

2015 – Lewis Hamilton

2014 – Nico Rosberg

2013 – Kimi Raikkonen

2012 – Jenson Button

2011 – Sebastian Vettel

2010 – Jenson Button

2009 – Jenson Button

2008 – Lewis Hamilton

2007 – Kimi Raikkonen

2006 – Fernando Alonso

2005 – Giancarlo Fisichella

2004 – Michael Schumacher

2003 – David Coulthard

2000-2002 (3 consecutive years) – Michael Schumacher

1999 – Eddie Irvine

1998 – Mika Hakkinen

1997 – David Coulthard

1996 – Damon Hill

Australian Grand Prix: Track Guide

Grand Prix Track Guide

Venue:  Albert Park, Melbourne
Circuit length: 5.303km/3.295 miles
Laps: 58
Race distance: 307.574km/191.117miles
In-race lap record: 1min 24.125secs (Michael Schumacher, 2004)

2017 result:

  • 1st Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:24:11.672
  • 2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +9.975 secs
  • 3rd Valterri Bottas (Mercedes) + 11.250 secs

2017 fastest race lap: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1min 26.538 secs

2017 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1min 22. 118 secs

Number of corners: 16 (six left/10 right)
Tyre compounds to be used: ultrasoft/supersoft/soft
Bumpiness: medium
Overtaking chance: low
Engine severity: high
Brake wear severity: high

Formula 1 2018 – Live Streaming

Please consult the live stream calendar of each of the following bookmakers that offer live streaming events in Australia within 7 days of the event start date to check specific event coverage, live streaming start times and/or event availability;

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