2018 Formula 1 season all the important dates

In less than a month, the Formula 1 2018 season gets underway with testing in Barcelona, prior to that fans will get to have a first look at the new cars as they are unveiled starting with the Williams launch in London on 15 February.

After testing follows a record 21-race Formula 1 World Championship starting with the Australian Grand Prix weekend in Melbourne from 23-25 March and will run until the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the weekend 23-25 November.

Fans are expecting a much closer battle for top honours in both the drivers and constructors championships, with the usual suspects: Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull likely to be podium contenders from the start, while McLaren with Renault power for the first time are expected to become a force again.

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are the reigning World Champions, Hamilton claiming his fourth title last year – his third as a Mercedes driver – while Mercedes bagged their fourth consecutive constructors’ title last year.

Rules remain pretty much the same but the big change will be the addition of the Halo cockpit safety device, while some will lament the demise of grid girls in favour of grid kids.

There has been little driver movement among the big three teams, but Williams have replaced retired Felipe Massa with rookie Sergey Sitrokin and with Lance Stroll have the least experienced driver line-up on the grid and perhaps the ‘greenest’ pairing in the team’s illustrious history.

It’s farewell to Pascal Wehrlein who was replaced by Charles Leclerc at Sauber with their all-new Alfa Romeo branding.

Mytop sportsbooks picks Hamilton and Mercedes as the favorite to win for the F1 season opener Australian Grand Prix with odds set at 11/8 – invariably they remain favourites to repeat the success come the end of 2018.

New car launch schedule:

Team Car Date Venue
Williams FW41 15 February London
Renault RS18 20 February Online Launch
Sauber C37 20 February Online Launch
Mercedes W09 22 February Silverstone
Ferrari TBC 22 February Maranello
McLaren MCL33 23 February Online Launch
Force India VJM11 25 February Barcelona
Toro Rosso STR13 26 February Barcelona
Haas VF-18 TBC TBC
Red Bull RB14 TBC TBC

2018 Pre-Season Testing will take place on the following dates:

26 February – 1 March Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6-9 March Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

2018 Grand Prix Calendar:

23-25 March Australia Melbourne
6-8 April Bahrain Bahrain
13-15 April China Shanghai
27-29 April Azerbaijan Baku
11-13 May Spain Barcelona
24-27 May Monaco Monte Carlo
8-10 June Canada Montreal
22-24 June France Le Castellet
June 29 – 1 July Austria Spielberg
6-8 July United Kingdom Silverstone
20-22 July Germany Hockenheim
27-29 July Hungary Budapest
2426 August Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
31 August – 2 September Italy Monza
14-16 September Singapore Singapore
26-30 September Russia Sochi
5-7 October Japan Suzuka
19-21 October USA Austin
26-28 October Mexico Mexico City
9-11 November Brazil Sao Paolo
23-25 November United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi