Welcome one, welcome all, to a thread for discussion of the Formula One season. (And feel free to discuss other motorsport as well, should you feel like it.)
Discussion of the 2018 season starts on page 43, if you're joining us for the first time. And if you are, please say hi! We don't bite.
Who are the teams and drivers, and where will they be racing?
The 2018 teams and their starting line-up of drivers are:
- Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)
- Force India - Sergio Perez (Mexico), Esteban Ocon (France)
- Haas - Romain Grosjean (France), Kevin Magnussen (Denmark)
- McLaren - Fernando Alonso (Spain), Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium)
- Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom), Valtteri Bottas (Finland)
- Red Bull - Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), Max Verstappen (Netherlands)
- Renault - Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain), Nico Hulkenberg (Germany)
- Sauber - Marcus Ericsson (Sweden), Charles Leclerc (Monaco)
- Toro Rosso - Pierre Gasly (France), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand)
- Williams - Lance Stroll (Canada), Sergey Sirotkin (Russia)
The 2018 World Championship is taking place over 21 Grand Prix races:
- Melbourne, Australia - 25 March
- Sakhir, Bahrain (night race) - 8 April
- Shanghai, China - 15 April
- Baku, Azerbaijan (street race) - 29 April
- Barcelona, Spain - 13 May
- Monte Carlo, Monaco (street race) - 27 May
- Montreal, Canada - 10 June
- Le Castellet, France - 24 June
- Spielberg, Austria - 1 July
- Silverstone, Great Britain - 8 July
- Hockenheim, Germany - 22 July
- Budapest, Hungary - 29 July
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - 26 August
- Monza, Italy - 2 September
- Marina Bay, Singapore (night/street race) - 16 September
- Sochi, Russia - 30 September
- Suzuka, Japan - 7 October
- Austin, United States - 21 October
- Mexico City, Mexico - 28 October
- Interlagos, Brazil - 11 November
- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi (evening race) - 25 November
Germany and France return after breaks of one and ten years respectively.
Will there be an F1 2018 video game?
Yes, it's out now on PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Are there any good movies about F1?
Yes, and there was a flurry of brilliant ones a few years ago. All of these are essential viewing even if you only have a passing interest in F1:
(2010) is a documentary history of arguably the sport's greatest-ever driver, triple world champion Ayrton Senna, who started in F1 in 1984 and died tragically in 1994.
(2013) is a biopic of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl as Hunt and Lauda respectively, and culminating in their titanic battle for the 1976 world championship.
Grand Prix: The Killer Years
(2011) is a BBC documentary that tells the story of F1 in the 1960s and 70s where mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence led to the deaths of many young drivers. Among the interviewees contributing to the film are world champions Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, and John Surtees.
And if you like older movies too, Grand Prix
(1966) is a film that follows several drivers through a fictionalised 1966 season. It stars James Garner and features some astonishing footage captured at the real races, which won it three Oscars.