The F1 starts engines for the 2018 season. After two months of break in which Fernando Alonso took the opportunity to make his first steps in resistance, most pilots to play sports and Lewis Hamilton … well, to remain him; It is time to go back to work.
The teams have presented their weapons for the 2018 season. The changes in the technical regulations are minimal so, beyond the famous halo-chancla- visually there are no big changes. For that, we will have to wait for the pre-season at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya.
There is always a team that moves forward. Everything seemed to indicate that Williams would be the first to show his new car, but the Americans surprised all his fans with the publication of the images of his new Formula 1.
They were the team on the grid that received less money from Liberty Media in 2017, but they do not seem to have big financial problems. Since their arrival in the category in 2016, they have been fulfilling what was expected of them.
We will have to see what they are capable of in their third year. To do this, they bet again on Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as riders and Ferrari as a rider.
They got ahead of them, but their presentation did not disappoint. The Groove team has been one of the few that has opted for a live performance for a select few this year. With Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirtoking as stars of the event, the English presented their new Williams FW41.
Despite the economic problems suffered in recent years, their Mercedes engine gives them a few important tenths that guarantees them to be in the upper half of the grid. With the bulky budget available to its two new pilots, surely they can try to go one step further.
The third star of the team is Robert Kubica. The Pole did not manage to collect the money that Williams asked for and he had to settle for the position of reserve driver. A poise considering that a year ago we did not even know that we could get back into a Formula 1.
Aston Martin Red Bull RB14
They were the first of the contenders to the public to reveal what their new car will be like. But as he did in previous years, he did it with a camouflage decoration that, for the few novelties that they let us see in their images, they could have saved it.
Fortunately, in addition to the studio images, Red Bull shared with its fans a video summary of their shakedown in the rain at Silverstone.
They are expected to fight again for the podium. The Renault engine should have evolved enough to allow them to reach Ferrari and Mercedes once and for all. They are candidates for the podium and Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will fight to get it.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 C37
Sauber announced the arrival of Alfa Romeo in November and at the beginning of December we already knew what decoration his cars would have for 2018. If someone thought that the presentation was going to have less repercussion for it, he was very wrong.
The arrival of Alfa Romeo to the team has rekindled interest in the team that economic troubles had drowned in recent years. The capital increase should help them to get back on track little by little and those in charge of doing it are Marcus Ericsson – protected from the current owners – and Charles Leclerc – Champion of the Formula 2 and pilot Ferrari.
The arrival of Alfa Romeo, also involves updating its propellers. Up to now they mounted Ferrari engines , but from previous seasons to save costs. In 2018 they will have the latest version at their disposal and the inestimable support of the Maranello team in some fields.
Renault F1 RS18
The Renault F1 RS18 was presented at the top by the Enstone team that hopes to continue rising positions on the grid after its official return to Formula 1. This is the Renault with which Carlos Sainz has to consecrate as a driver.
Like the rest of the cars presented so far, it is an evolution of 2017 with halo as the main novelty at the visual level. Firm in their colors, they keep black and yellow in their decoration, in which new sponsors stand out, such as the Spaniards Mapfre and Estella Galicia, who gain weight in the training.
Toro Rosso STR13
Toro Rosso has had the most abrupt presentation of all. Those from Faenza were forced to unveil their car sooner than expected after their photos leaked earlier than expected. His intention, as every year, was to present the car before the start of the pre- start tests at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, but a skillful camera got some snapshots of the team’s shakedown on the Italian track of Misano.
From the team of Franz Tost they reacted quickly and they published themselves a photo of their car in social networks to avoid that the “thieves” took advantage of their material.
Mercedes F1 W09
The F1 W09 is called to be the car to beat in 2018. The current World Champions were made to pray. Their presentation was one of the most anticipated and although we had to wait longer than the fans would have liked, Mercedes did not disappoint.
In a live presentation from Silverstone, the team captained by Toto Wolff presented his car at a gala to use to then go to the track where Lewis Hamiltonand Valtteri Bottas had the opportunity to test his new weapon.
Ferrari has not won a World Championship for too long . In 2018 the Maranello have to fight again to win races and put it very difficult to Mercedes if they want to have options to take the victory, because the drought of titles begins to make a dent in the Italians.
As ceremonious as they are accustomed, the dome of the formation with its pilots, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, discovered their new car. The Ferrari SF71-H was presented live at an old-fashioned gala with live broadcast on the Internet and thousands of fans commenting on social networks.
Finalmete – and missing only from Force India, – we present Fernando Alonso’s car for the 2018 season of Formula 1. After a few last difficult seasons with Honda, the Woking have now to show that all the problems ended in the moment they broke the contract with the Japanese.
The expectation is maximum and even some frontline teams like Mercedes, have confessed that they do not rule out McLaren in the fight for the top of the grid.
At the moment we do not know what performance the car will have but visually what we have seen the new McLaren MCL33 we liked and much. Fortunately, the team now captained by Zak Brown, continues one more year with the orange that characterizes the brand and that we miss so much in the first part of the Honda era. In addition, they have changed the black for an electric blue that gives a different touch to the car.