The 2018 Formula One season gets underway this weekend (23-25 March) with the opening round at Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Lewis Hamilton enters this campaign as the favourite to retain the title that he won last year, but is expected to face a stern challenge from the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, and Sebastian Vettel, who claimed victory at this race 12 months ago.
TV coverage details are at the end of this page.
There’s a few changes to the 2018 season. McLaren terminated their engine partnership with Honda and instead signed a three-year deal for power units supplied by Renault.
Toro Rosso parted ways with Renault—allowing McLaren to finalise their agreement with Renault—and came to an agreement to use Honda power units, and Sauber renewed their partnership with Ferrari, upgrading to current-specification power units after having used year-old power units in 2017.
The French Grand Prix returns to the calendar for the first time since 2008. The race is due to take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990.
The German Grand Prix will also return to the championship after a one-year absence, with the Hockenheimring scheduled to host the race.
A revision of the sport’s technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device —commonly known as the “halo ” — will be introduced for the 2018 championship.
The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that will see the device adopted by all open-wheel racing series by 2020.
As for the Australian Grand Prix, all five sessions – three rounds of practice, qualifying and the race – will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, while Channel 4 will have highlights of qualifying and the race.
Friday 23 March 2017
12.30am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 1am start time
4.45am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 5am start time
Saturday 24 March 2017
2.45am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 3am start time
5am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 6am start time
1pm – Highlights – Channel 4
Sunday 25 March 2017
4.30am – Live – Sky Sports F1 – 6.10am start time
2.30pm – Highlights – Channel 4