2018 Season: A-Z Highlights - Part 4 (S-Z)

05-11-2018 11:17
by Bobby Vincent
2018 Season: A-Z Highlights - Part 4 (S-Z)

The final part of our A-Z highlights feature! One of the most unforgettable seasons; packed with drama - here's our summary!

S - Singapore Masterclass for Lewis

In September, the Singapore Grand Prix was dominated from start to finish by Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes star capitalised on Ferrari's awful qualifying session to claim a sensational pole - on a circuit where Mercedes have struggled in the turbo hybrid era. It was Hamilton's race to lose, but the Brit showed no signs of doing that, with a perfect drive. That looked a turning point in this season's championship.

T - Toro Rosso's Speed

Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso have endured a successful season with their engine suppliers, Honda. And with the Red Bull Racing team making the switch to Honda's power unit next season; ending their long relationship with Renault - the future looks bright for the energy drink brand. Many are expecting Max Verstappen to challenge the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for the title next season.

U - Underwhelming Williams?

It's been a torrid season for Williams. Just seven points. Seven. With two races to go. Seven. Anyway, Lance Stroll has six of them points, with his team-mate Sergey Sirotkin with just the single point. Their car has been awful this season and has not looked like improving whatsoever. Even Paddy Lowe admitted how bad the machinery was this season for Williams. They sit rock-bottom with their seven points, 26 points off their closest rival, Toro Rosso.

V - Vandoorne off to Formula E

Stoffel Vandoorne was essentially axed by McLaren, who are replacing the Belgian driver with junior driver Lando Norris. Vandoorne, who has endured two seasons fr the team, will be making the switch to Formula E; to join HWA Racelab. His team-mate Fernando Alonso described Vandoorne as "one of the best" drivers he's worked with. Have McLaren made too rash of a decision on the Belgian's future? Only time will tell.

W - Williams sign Russell

Williams may have had a disaster of a season but they're definitely looking ahead to the future! The team announced that highly-rated Mercedes junior driver and F2 leader, George Russell would be joining the side for the 2019 season. With a Formula 4 championship and a GP3 title already to the 20-year-old's name; Russell is expected to succeed in F1.

X - x5 for Lewis

Lewis Hamilton won the world championship for a fifth time. The British driver was crowned world champion in Mexico, equalling Juan Manuel Fangio's tally of five world titles. He's now just two world championships off Michael Schumacher's record of SEVEN titles. Can Lewis keep it up next season? Will it be another dominant season for Mercedes and Lewis?

Y - Young talent not getting the chance?

With it looking like Esteban Ocon will be without a seat for next season, Stoffel Vandoorne already confirmed to be moving on from F1; are the politics that are in F1 hurting young drivers coming through? Toro Rosso have a spare seat which usually you'd see Ocon occupy, but because of the Frenchman's ties with Mercedes. 

Z - Zandvoort set for return!

The Dutch Grand Prix looks as if it could finally be back for us F1 fans to watch! Holland have been waiting for this moment for over 30 years. Ducth prince Bernhard of Oranje, who owns the Zandvoort circuit told Dutch press that the Grand Prix is so close to being agreed for the 2020 season - with just one signature needed for it to be official.

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