With the exception of 2006 and 2010, the Australian Grand Prix has been a well-known season-opening event for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship since 1996. This coming weekend will once again commence the Formula 1 campaign in Australia, making it the 21st time Melbourne kick-starts the action.
The 2017 season witnessed giants Mercedes-AMG Petronas and Scuderia Ferrari fight for the top spot before Mercedes pulled away from the latter to take both constructor’s title and driver’s title, with Lewis Hamilton, who is now on par with Sebastian Vettel with four world championships.
On Mercedes’ side, only on one day during pre-season testing did Lewis Hamilton take the helm. This happened on the final day of week 1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. However, this might just be part of the plan, with the team concentrating on long runs with their W09 EQ Power+ chassis. This can also indicate the team’s confidence in the car’s speed. Is Mercedes about to unleash one of the fastest cars this season that can claim both driver’s and constructor’s championship for the fifth time in a row?
Dethroning Last Year’s Champion
Ferrari and Red Bull are two of the biggest threats to Mercedes. Both teams showed promising results after testing sessions. Ricciardo even set a lap record around Catalunya Circuit during the second week but was surpassed by Vettel later in the week.
While the aforementioned teams have their eyes set on Mercedes’ title, McLaren is just right behind. The previous seasons didn’t go well with the McLaren F1 team. Their three-year venture working alongside Honda only allowed them to collect a total of 133 points from 2015-2017. Nevertheless, after parting ways with Honda and eventually signing a new deal with Renault, team McLaren’s hopes are up. With better testing results, the team appears to be finding stability.
It’s also worth noting that this season will see more pit stops operating with a larger working window due to a change in tire compounds, which are all softer than last year.
As the Australian Grand Prix 2018 draws nearer, and with all of these factors coming into play, we are sure to experience heated battles between F1 teams this 2018-2019 season together with profitable Bitcoin odds along the lines of Formula 1.