In a way, the 2018 formula one world championship was won again by Lewis Hamilton, but for the fifth time, clinching his title at the Mexican Grand Prix in October, just like he did it the year before with his fourth.
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—It only could be a fitting end for Lewis Hamilton as the Briton, already a five -time world champion, took the lead on lap 35 Sunday evening at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, concluding with a 2.5 second victory over Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen took third.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton proved Saturday evening that even after a slow beginning, he can still become the king of qualifying as the Briton clocked a track lap record of 1:34:794 to take his 11th pole of the season, for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil- R.I.S.—Taking advantage of Max Verstappen’s error on lap 44, Lewis Hamilton went on to win his 49th career victory in the turbo hybrid era, at the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon with a 1.4 second victory over the Dutchman. Kimi Raikkonen finished in third.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S.—With a fifth world championship in the bag, Lewis Hamilton continued to impress with his performances, by taking pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Brazil with a 1:07:281 fastest lap Saturday afternoon, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—R.I.S.—Leading most of the race was no problem for Max Verstappen, who for the second year in a row, won the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, with a 17 second victory over Sebastian Vettel, with the German’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in third. But the day belonged to Lewis Hamilton, who by finishing in fourth place, took his Fifth world championship, tying Juan Manuel Fangio of becoming the second all-time winning championship F1 driver, next to Michael Schumacher.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—R.I.S.—Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen, had dominated the entire weekend leading up to Saturday’s qualifying at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, and the latter had the chance to become the youngest pole sitter in history, but Ricciardo ruined that opportunity with a shocking last lap time of 1:14:759, to lead a Red Bull 1-2 in preparation for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton improved his chances to clinch his fifth world title by finishing third.
After spending the last three seasons having their own brand of sponsor, along with very small ones, the American Haas F1 Team announced this week that they will for the first time in the team’s history, incorporate a brand-new title sponsor in the form of the British energy company, Rich Energy, which will begin starting in 2019.
AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.—It might have taken a little over eight years, but a veteran won Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas as Kimi Raikkonen, taking advantage of a Lewis Hamilton error of pitting on the 11th lap of the race, went on to win , with a 1.2 second victory over Max Verstappen, who began the race in 18th place. Hamilton himself finished in third, but because his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, took fourth at the last second by passing Valtteri Bottas laps from the end, the F1 title battle will move on to the next round in seven days at Mexico City.
AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton came even closer to tying Juan Manuel Fangio’s record Saturday afternoon, with a productive 1:32:237 final qualifying time, ahead of both Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, in preparation for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
SUZUKA, Japan—R.I.S.- Lewis Hamilton edged ever so closer to equaling Juan Manuel Fangio’s five world championships as the Briton took the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday afternoon from start to finish at the Suzuka International Circuit, 12 seconds clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas and third place Max Verstappen.
SUZUKA, Japan—R.I. S.—Lewis Hamilton might have had another successful pole for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at the legendary Suzuka circuit, but the late rains were good enough on Saturday to halt any challengers as the Briton recorded a 1:27:760 fastest time ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
SOCHI, Russia—R.I.S.—After seeing Max Verstappen pit with 10 laps to go in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia, Lewis Hamilton took over the lead and went on to win, leading a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sebastian Vettel in third.
SOCHI, Russia—R.I.S.—Valtteri Bottas had been outqualified by his teammate Lewis Hamilton quite a lot this season, but the Finn put all his resources together to record a 1:37: 387 fastest time to take his second pole this season, ahead of the Briton Saturday afternoon at the Sochi Autodrom in preparation for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, Russia. Sebastian Vettel finished in third.
SINGAPORE—R.I.S.—Following a fantastic performance in qualifying the night before, Lewis Hamilton followed Sunday evening with an encore, taking his fourth Grand Prix of Singapore with a nearly nine second victory over Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel finished in third.
SINGAPORE—R.I.S.—Becoming the 200th British Grand Prix driver to win pole position, Lewis Hamilton, followed his previous disappointing sessions, upped his game and set a blistering 1:36:015 fastest lap to win pole position Saturday night in preparation for Sunday evening’s Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay. Max Verstappen took second and Sebastian Vettel finished in third.
MILAN, Italy—R.I.S.--In one of the most unusual swaps in formula 1 history, Monegasque Charles LeClerc has been selected to partner four -time world champion Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari beginning next season. The 20-year-old not surprisingly, will replace Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn being the last world champion for the Scuderia.
MONZA, Italy—R.I.S.-- Just when it seemed that Ferrari had control of their home race, a Mercedes strategical plan gave Lewis Hamilton another Italian Grand Prix victory Sunday as the Briton passed Kimi Raikkonen with eight laps to go to win the race at the Monza Autodromo and lead the world driver’s championship by 30 points over Sebastian Vettel with seven races to go. Valtteri Bottas finished in third after the original podium finisher, Max Verstappen, was penalized for not giving Bottas room to pass at turn one, which made the Finn divert off the track.
MONZA, Italy--R.I.S.—On this type of circuit, history is always made. And on Saturday afternoon at this classic track, Kimi Raikkonen became the oldest pole sitter for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix since Nigel Mansall to start alongside his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, with a new circuit record of 1:19:119. This is the first time since 1994, when two drivers from the Scuderia will start from the front row. Lewis Hamilton finished third for Mercedes.
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium—R.I.S-- After passing Lewis Hamilton Sunday at the Belgian Grand Prix on the opening lap at Spa-Francorchamps, Sebastian Vettel had no problems afterwards, beating his series rival by 11 seconds, winning his 52nd race and his 107th career podium. In addition, the German now trails his British adversary by 17 points in the championship, going into next week’s European season finale in Italy. Max Verstappen delighted his Dutch supporters by taking third.
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium- R.I.S.—With a last-minute rain shower beginning to dry up at the end of the final session of qualifying Saturday for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton took advantage of this situation of being one of the last cars to come over the line last to win his 6th pole of the season, with a 1:58:179 best time, taking his 5th pole in a row at this circuit. Sebastian Vettel was caught out by this situation, but took second, while the Racing Point Force India cars of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, under a recently brand-new owner, locked out the second row by finishing third and fourth, respectively.
SPA-FRANCHORCHAMPS, Belgium- R.I.S.--Before Thursday (August 23rd) there was a formula one team called Sahara Force India that came into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix that was in financial trouble. So much that one of his drivers, Sergio Perez was worried that it would not last until the end of the season and filed, putting the team into a desperate bid for a buyer and into administration, which is the British version of bankruptcy.
With the shock of having Daniel Ricciardo leaving for Renault, many spots for next season became wide open. Only a week later following Riccardo’s decision, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, following 17 seasons of formula 1, has decided to leave the sport at the end of the season.
Just as Fernando Alonso announced that he would not return to formula 1 racing next season, the McLaren team announced Thursday (August 16th) that another Spaniard, Carlos Sainz Jr., will replace him by signing a two-year deal with the Woking-based outfit.
With the record of 32 grand prix victories, 97 podium finishes, and two world driving championships, Fernando Alonso Tuesday (August 14th) announced that he will step down from driving in formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season.
This is the time not to be a formula one journalist, fan or driver.
Maybe because between the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix and the next race in 13 days in Belgium, many have read the same old material, desperately waiting on probably the most interesting silly season in years. Who will go where, and when will the grid finally be completed for 2019?
Many of the drivers go elsewhere on this break where they cannot be found, some do PR events just to waste the time. For fans, it is the waiting to see when the next race will happen, to criticize, and to bring anything up for the world of social media, which is the current and proper name for citizen journalist (remember that name?). And of course, for the writers, who are waiting for the next bait to be held out, so they can hook onto it and inform the public.
If anybody would describe the 2017 formula one season, it would have to be one that was ended before the last race, and a challenger that lost the championship both in the drivers and constructor’s competition due to a small 100-dollar spark plug, and a temperamental driver.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—After leading the race Sunday evening at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, Valterri Bottas lead from the start, and following a pit stop on lap 24, regained the lead and never looked back as the Finn won the event by 3.8 seconds over teammate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel, who had a quiet race all evening, finished third for Ferrari.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- For the second time in a row, Valterri Bottas won his second pole and his fourth of the season as the Finn clocked a track record of 1: 36:231 fastest time, to beat teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Saturday evening for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
SAO PAULO, Brazil—R.I.S.—Despite even losing the driver’s championship to Lewis Hamilton weeks ago, Sebastian Vettel made it known to the fans on Sunday afternoon at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, that he can still win races, after the German won by 2.7 seconds over Valterri Bottas with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S-- After seeing his teammate and newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton crash out in the opening qualifying round for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, Valterri Bottas posted a last minute, 1:08:322 third session time to take pole ahead of the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Saturday afternoon.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico-R.I.S-- After three of the six of the Renault power units failed during the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, it was only left to Max Verstappen, who guided his Red Bull from start to finish to win the race by 19.6 seconds over Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen took third for Ferrari.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico--R.I.S.-- Needing some good results to stay alive in the formula one world championship, Sebastian Vettel proved Saturday afternoon that he can still fight with series leader Lewis Hamilton by taking the pole for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix with a track record time of 1:16:488 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Max Verstappen who had the fastest time in the second session was second, followed by Hamilton in third.
AUSTIN, Texas- R.I.S.- Lewis Hamilton began the United States Grand Prix Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas behind rival Sebastian Vettel, but recovered, passing the German on the seventh lap for the lead, and later Max Verstappen to win the race by 10.1 seconds over second place Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen took third.
AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.- After becoming the first driver this season to take all three practices sessions in one grand prix weekend, Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the United States Grand Prix Saturday afternoon at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas by taking a 1:33:108 pole lap, breaking the track record, and starting on the front row for the 72nd time in his career. Sebastian Vettel, who was in dire need for a good track position, came out late in the final session to finish second, while Valterri Bottas took third.
Following speculation that Fernando Alonso could leave McLaren-Honda and go into another formula was put to rest Thursday in Austin, Texas, as the Spaniard has signed for another season with the team, joining Belgian pilot Stoffel Vandoorne for the 2018 year.
After televising Formula One Racing for the last four seasons, the NBC Sports Network announced Wednesday that it will not continue its coverage after the end of this season. ESPN, who has not covered F1 since 1997, will take over the mantle beginning in March of 2018 with the Australian Grand Prix.
SUZUKA, Japan-R.I.S.- Having to take advantage of one safety car, two virtual safety cars, a retirement from rival Sebastian Vettel, and a last-minute challenge from runner up Max Verstappen, did not deter Lewis Hamilton from edging ever so closer to his fourth world championship, as the Briton won the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at the Suzuka International Circuit by 1.2 seconds over the Dutchman. Red Bull made it a double podium by having Daniel Ricciardo finish in third.
SUZUKA, Japan-R.I.S.- Breaking the lap record of the Suzuka International Circuit three times on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton finally set a 1:27:319 fastest time, taking his 10th pole of the season, and his very first front position start at this track for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Despite his grid spot penalty earlier in the day, Valterri Bottas finished in second, with Sebastian Vettel in third.
SILVERSTONE, England—R.I.S.--After tying Jim Clark’s record fifth pole the day before, Lewis Hamilton tied the late Scotsman’s winning grand prix record on Sunday by taking flag to flag the British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen finished third in his Ferrari.