2018 F1 CARS & DRIVERS  Spotter's Guide
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Sebastian Vettel
Born July 3, 1987
Nationality: German
1st Year in F1: 2007
Lewis Hamilton
Born Jan 7, 1985
Nationality: British
1st Year in F1: 2007
Stoffel Vandoorne
Born March 26, 1992
Nationality: Belgian
1st Year in F1: 2017
Romain Grosjean
Born in April 17, 1986
Nationality: French
1st Year in F1: 2009
Valtteri Bottas
Born August 28, 1989
Nationality: Finnish
1st Year in F1: 2013
Daniel Ricciardo
Born July 1, 1989
Nationality: Australian
1st Year in F1: 2011
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Alonso's Mechanic:
Team Principal:   Dr. Vijay Mallya
Technical Director:   Andrew Green
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Fernando Alonso
Born July 29, 1980
Nationality: Spanish
1st Year in F1: 2001
2017 Ferrari SF71H
2018 McLaren MCL-33
2017 Sahara Force India VJM10
2018 Red Bull RB14
2018 Mercedes F1 W09
2018 Williams FW41
2018 Toro Rosso STR13
Team Principal:   Monisha Kaltenborn
2018 Sauber C37-Ferrari
Nico Hülkenberg
Born August 19, 1987
Nationality: German
1st Year in F1: 2010
Sergio Pérez
Born Jan 26, 1990
Nationality: Mexican
1st Year in F1: 2011
2018 Photos of F1 Drivers & Cars
& Rule Changes
Each year, every Formula 1 team
introduces their new race cars, liveries and
drivers for the year.  

Included here are pictures to help you
identify the cars and drivers for the
upcoming racing season.

You will also learn about new Formula 1
rules that will affect racing and the design
of the race cars.
Previous F1 Launch Photos:
Kimi Räikkönen
Born October 17, 1979
Nationality: Finnish
1st Year in F1: 2001
2018 F1 TEAM PHOTOS
2018 Formula 1 Launch Dates:

Feb 15
Feb 20
Feb 20
Feb 22
Feb 22
Feb 23
Feb 26
Pierre Gasly
Born Feb 7, 1996
Nationality: French
1st Year in F1: 2018
Car Changes for 2018

A new part is being added to every car -  the Halo – the cockpit
protection device designed to further improve driver safety in
the event of an accident, and in particular to deflect debris away
from the head.









The loop-hole in last year's rules which allowed the creation of
T-wings and Shark fins has been closed for 2018.









Trick suspension (set-ups with a small link in the front suspension connected to the upright) has been outlawed.

Engine oil burning allowed has been reduced from 0.9 liters of il per 100 km to 0.6 liters of oil.


Tires have gained two new compounds, taking the number of slicks up to seven compounds in total.
The pink Hyper-Soft and orange Super-Hard join the range (the standard Hard tire has been shuffled to an ice blue
hue). All of the compounds have gone one step softer.

The engines a driver is allowed throughout the season has been reduced from 4 to 3.  Note, there is also one more
race scheduled than last year.

Marcus Ericsson
Born September 2, 1990
Nationality: Swedish
1st Year in F1: 2014
Rule Changes for 2018

No more grid girls

F1 has a new logo

Races will start 10 minutes later so as to be
more attune with broadcasters.


Instead of drivers accruing multiple grid
drops, if any driver earns more than 15 grid
place penalties, they will have to start from
the very back of the grid.
Max Verstappen
Born: Sept 30, 1997
Nationality: Belgian
1st Year in F1: 2015
Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Born: Sept1, 1994
Nationality: Spanish
1st Year in F1: 2015
Team Principal:  Guenther Steiner
Williiams
Sauber
Renault
Ferrari
Mercedes
McLaren
Toro Rosso
Red Bull
Haas
Force India
Charles Leclerc
born October 16, 1997
nationality: Monégasque
First year in F1: 2018
Driver Changes Between 2017 & 2018

Jolyon Palmer was fired by Renault before the season ended
last year and replaced by Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz.

Sainz was replaced at Toro Rosso by rookie Brendon Hartley.

Daniil Kvyat was fired by Toro Rosso before the season ended
last year and was replaced by rookie Pierre Gasly.

Felipe Massa  finally got to retire from Williams.

Williams has hired Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin.

Pascal Wehrlein was replaced at Sauber by Formula 2 champion
Charles Leclerc
The 2018 VF-18
Kevin Magnussen
born October 5, 1992
Nationality: Danish
1st year in F1: 2014
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Managing Director:
Chief Technical Officer:
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Engine Technical Director:
Head of Aerodynamics:
2018 R.S.18
Esteban Ocon
born September 17, 1996
nationality: French
First year in F1: 2016
Lance Stroll
Born October 29, 1998
Nationality: Canadian
1st Year in F1: 2017
Sergey Sirotkin
Born August 27, 1995
Nationality: Russian
1st Year in F1: 2018
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Jerome Stoll
Cyril Abiteboul
Bob Bell
Nick Chester
Remi Taffin
Pete Machin
Maurizio Arrivabene
Mattia Binotto
Simone Resta
Eric Boullier
Ron Dennis
Jonathan Neale
Zak Brown
Paul "Taffy" James
Andrea Stella
Kari Lammenranta
Marc Cox
Claire Williams
Rob Smedley
Ed Wood
Rob Smedley
Andrew Murdoch
Dave Robson
James Urwin
Paddy Lowe
Dirk de Beer
Doug McKiernan
Powered by Mercedes
Powered by Renault.
Christian Horner
Adrian Newey
Powered by Ferrari.
Franz Tost
James Key
Graham Watson
Brendan Gilhome
Powered by Ferrari.
Powered by Ferrari.
Powered by Mercedes.
Niki Lauda
Paddy Lowe
Toto Wolff
Andy Cowell
Aldo Costa
Geoffrey Willis
McLaren's livery is a big change over previous year.
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TV Coverage this year is by ESPN instead of NBCSN.

Malaysia is now off the schedule.

Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet France is new to the schedule this year.

Hockenheim Germany returned to the schedule.
Brendon Hartley
Born Nov 10, 1989
Nationality: Kiwi
1st Year in F1: 2018