Roy The Boy looks at the 2018 Formula 1 Season and examines the tracks that require different qualities from the cars.
The 2018 F1 season, where can the turn-ups happen?
The 2018 F1 season will consist of 21 races, it’s only the second time so many races have been held during a regular season, the other being 2016. The French Grand Prix, at the Paul Ricard Circuit, is the new race on the roster. The circuit has not staged an F1 race since 1990 and has had a lot of improvements since.
There are three types of circuit: those requiring ‘high downforce’ such as Monaco, those requiring ‘low downforce’, such as Italy and those in-between, ‘medium downforce’ like the British GP.
This means there is rarely such a thing as the ‘best car’ per-se as those that go well at one type of circuit do not necessarily go as well at another. Thankfully bookmakers do not always understand this.
Good, bad and ugly
The tracks where upsets are most likely are ‘high downforce’ circuits – the tight, twisty street tracks where legitimate overtaking is neigh impossible. This is Singapore and Monaco. Despite not being street circuits, you can add Hungary to this list and, to a lesser degree, Barcelona.
Azerbaijan is an exception to this rule, it may have some enormously long and fast straights but it also has narrow walled sections. It is a recipe which gave us one of the most exciting races of recent times last year.
The season opener in Australia showed us it is still unlikely any car other than a Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari can or will win races in 2018 but the McLaren team, particularly their star driver Fernando Alonso, has massive potential and the Haas team have every chance of picking up some podium finishes in scrappy races.
Of 2017’s 20 races a dozen required a Safety Car, eight did not. Five races had a winning margin in excess of 10secs, 12 were under 5sec and three races were between 5.01sec and 9.99sec. The most finishers came in Malaysia where 18 of 19 starters saw the chequered flag. Singapore had the highest number of DNF’s, eight in total.
2018 F1 Calendar
25th March Australian GP – Melbourne
8th April Bahrain GP – Sakhir
15th April Chinese GP – Shanghai
29th April Azerbaijan GP – Baku
13th May Spanish GP – Barcelona
27th May Monaco GP – Monaco
10th June Canadian GP – Montreal
24th June French GP – Le Castellet
1st July Austrian GP – Spielberg
8th July British GP – Silverstone
22nd July German GP – Hockenheim
29th July Hungarian GP – Budapest
26th August Belgian GP – Spa-Francorchamps
2nd September Italian GP – Monza
16th September Singapore GP – Marina Bay
30th September Russian GP – Sochi
7th October Japanese GP – Suzuka
21st October United States GP – Austin
28th October Mexican GP – Mexico City
11th November Brazilian GP – Sao Paulo
25th November Abu Dhabi GP – Yas Marina