2018 Formula 1 season shaping up

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The 2018 Formula 1 World Championship season is shaping up with only three more race seats available on the grid and the calendar merely awaiting confirmation of a a couple of race dates.

With Toro Rosso confirming Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley for 2018, the only other race seats yet to be announced are two at Sauber and one at Williams.

There will be 21 grand prix weekends next year, with the Australian Grand Prix on 25 March 2018 signalling the start of the season. 

The Bahrain and China race dates have yet to be ratified, as there is a chance the two dates will switch – this is subject to confirmation from the FIA.

Track action will start with two four day pre-season tests at Circuit de Catalunya, the first scheduled to start on 26 February. There will also be two in-season tests to run over the course of two days on both occasions.

2018 Teams & Drivers

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

2018 Grand Prix Race Dates

25 March  Australian Grand Prix Melbourne
8 April  Bahrain Grand Prix* Sakhir
3 15 April  Chinese Grand Prix* Shanghai
4 29 April  Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku
5 13 May  Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona
6 27 May  Monaco Grand Prix Monaco
7 10 June  Canadian Grand Prix Montreal
8 24 June  French Grand Prix Le Castellet
9 1 July  Austrian Grand Prix Spielberg
10  8 July  British Grand Prix Silverstone
11  22 July  German Grand Prix Hockenheim
12  29 July  Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest
13  26 August  Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
14  2 September  Italian Grand Prix Monza
15  16 September  Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay
16  30 September  Russian Grand Prix Sochi
17  7 October  Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
18 21 October  United States Grand Prix Austin
19 28 October  Mexican Grand Prix Mexico City
20  11 November  Brazilian Grand Prix Sao Paulo
21  25 November  Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina
1 * date TBC    

2018 Provisional Test Dates

Pre-Season Testing  
26 February – 1 March Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6-9 March  Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
In-Season Testing  
15 May – 18 May Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
31 July – 1 August Hungaroring, Budapest