2018 Season: A-Z Highlights - Part 1

01-11-2018 17:37
by Bobby Vincent
2018 Season: A-Z Highlights - Part 1

We're fastly approaching the end of the 2018 Formula One season and it's been quite a season! Unforgettable for so many reasons and we tried to give you the best bits of the season in an A-Z feature...

A - Australia delight for Seb

The 2018 season began in Melbourne, Australia; and it was an unforgettable day for Sebastian Vettel - who kickstarted his season with a win down under. Driver of the Day went to Fernando Alonso for McLaren, who managed an excellent P10 finish for the Woking-based manufacturer; giving them their best result since 2016.

B - Bottas denied first win 

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was all set for his first win of the season in Russia, until team orders from the Silver Arrows denied the Finn the pleasure. Lewis Hamilton, who was locked in an intense battle for the title with Vettel, was the priority for Mercedes. Hamilton was allowed past his team-mate and was first to the chequered flag.

C - China win for Danny Ric

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed a shock win in China after a superb strategy call from Christian Horner and his team. Some excellent and classic Ricciardo overtaking ensured the Aussie a win in Shanghai.

D - DNF for Vettel in home race

Perhaps the turning point of the season? Vettel was leading the race in Hockenheim before crashing out and giving Hamilton a chance to win in Germany. Hamilton made no mistake and drove perhaps the best drive of the season to climb from 14th to win at the Hockenheimring.

E - End of the road for Alonso

Fernando Alonso announced in August that he'd be retiring from Formula One. The McLaren driver had enjoyed successful spells at Renault, McLaren and Ferrari - but has now decided to call it a day with F1. The two-time world champion is looking to broaden his horizons in motorsport.

F - Ferrari farewell for Kimi

Ferrari announced Kimi Raikkonen would be leaving the team at the end of the season with Charles Leclerc his replacement. The Finn is now making a return to Sauber, having enjoyed a total of six years in two different spells at Scuderia. He has certainly made a statement, though; with the 39-year-old producing an excellent drive in the United States to claim his first Grand Prix win for five years.

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