Tag: F1 2018

Formula 1 – F1: Brendon Hartley reveals details over Toro Rosso F1 exit

Formula 1 – F1: Brendon Hartley reveals details over Toro Rosso F1 exit

Brendon Hartley has revealed more details about his exit from Toro Rosso at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season, including that he learned he had lost his seat just one hour after last race of the year. Hartley spent much of the year facing scrutiny about his future at Toro Rosso after he…

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Formula 1 – F1: Formula 1 reports 10 percent rise in TV viewership for 2018 season

Formula 1 – F1: Formula 1 reports 10 percent rise in TV viewership for 2018 season

Formula 1 has reported a 10 percent rise in its TV viewership through the 2018 season, as well as significant progress in building its digital presence online. In a statement issued on Friday by Formula 1, the sport revealed it had reached 490.2 million unique viewers across the course of the 2018 season, marking a…

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Formula 1 – Daniel Ricciardo: F1 driver market games ‘wore a little thin’

Formula 1 – Daniel Ricciardo: F1 driver market games ‘wore a little thin’

Daniel Ricciardo says the uncertainty within the Formula 1 driver market wore “a little thin” in 2018 as he came to finalise his plans for the new season amid links to a number of teams. Ricciardo was the highest-profile driver in the final year of his contract in 2018, and was widely expected to sign…

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Formula 1 – Lewis Hamilton wins F1 drivers’ vote for best of 2018

Formula 1 – Lewis Hamilton wins F1 drivers’ vote for best of 2018

Lewis Hamilton has been voted the best driver in Formula 1 this year by his peers in a poll run by the sport’s official website. Mercedes driver Hamilton charged to his fifth F1 world championship with his best season to date, taking 11 poles, 11 wins and scoring a record number of points en route…

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Formula 1 – F1 Formula 1 Gossip: Lewis Hamilton responds to ‘slums’ comment criticism

Formula 1 – F1 Formula 1 Gossip: Lewis Hamilton responds to ‘slums’ comment criticism

– Lewis Hamilton has conceded he used the “wrong words” when he described his hometown of Stevenage as “slums” during his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award nomination speech, saying he “didn’t mean anything by it” (BBC) – Ferrari is reported to be in the running to announce an entry to the FIA World…

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Formula 1 – F1: Silverstone hits back at ‘pure fiction’ British GP reports

Formula 1 – F1: Silverstone hits back at ‘pure fiction’ British GP reports

Silverstone has responded to a report suggesting it has offered Formula 1’s commercial rights holder, Liberty Media, all of its profits from hosting the British Grand Prix in order to keep the race beyond 2019 as “pure fiction.” Silverstone triggered a break clause in its F1 contract last year that allowed it to stop staging…

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Formula 1 – F1: Alexander Albon pays half-tribute to Valentino Rossi with F1 number

Formula 1 – F1: Alexander Albon pays half-tribute to Valentino Rossi with F1 number

Alexander Albon has confirmed he took inspiration from nine-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi when it came to choosing his permanent number in Formula 1, but felt he could not “replace” The Doctor by selecting his famous #46. Albon was confirmed on Tuesday to have selected 23 as his race number for his F1 career…

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Formula 1 – Toto Wolff: Mercedes F1 hasn’t lost any trust in Valtteri Bottas

Formula 1 – Toto Wolff: Mercedes F1 hasn’t lost any trust in Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff has said the team has not lost any trust in Valtteri Bottas despite his winless 2018 campaign, but confirmed Esteban Ocon is in contention for a seat in 2020. As teammate Lewis Hamilton marched to his fifth F1 world title with 11 wins and a record points total, Bottas…

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Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes must remain ‘ambitious’ to retain engine advantage

Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes must remain ‘ambitious’ to retain engine advantage

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff says the German marque must remain “ambitious” with its power unit development if it is to fend off the threat posed by its engine rivals heading into the 2019 season. Mercedes stormed to its fifth consecutive set of drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2018, continuing its clean sweep of…

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Formula 1 – F1: Raikkonen expects no change to Vettel relationship after Ferrari exit

Formula 1 – F1: Raikkonen expects no change to Vettel relationship after Ferrari exit

Kimi Raikkonen does not expect his relationship with Sebastian Vettel to change despite the end of their four-year stint as Formula 1 teammates at Ferrari for 2019. Vettel and Raikkonen have been friends throughout their time together in F1, but became Ferrari teammates in 2015 when Vettel joined the team. Raikkonen made his final Ferrari…

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Formula 1 – F1 Max Verstappen: ‘Never my intention’ to put Renault down in 2018

Formula 1 – F1 Max Verstappen: ‘Never my intention’ to put Renault down in 2018

Max Verstappen claims he never intended to put Red Bull Formula 1 engine suppler Renault down with his criticism through 2018, but was only eager for progress to be made and more performance to be found by the French manufacturer. Verstappen was vocal in his criticism of Renault’s power unit throughout the 2018 season as…

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Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes saw a ‘new Lewis’ in final F1 2018 races after title victory

Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes saw a ‘new Lewis’ in final F1 2018 races after title victory

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff felt Lewis Hamilton’s on-track performances reached another level following his championship victory in Mexico, allowing the team to see a “new Lewis.” Hamilton clinched his fifth F1 world title with two races to spare in the 2018 season, moving into an unassailable lead following the Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton…

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Formula 1 – F1 Vettel: Ferrari ‘still too far away’ from Mercedes in F1 2018

Formula 1 – F1 Vettel: Ferrari ‘still too far away’ from Mercedes in F1 2018

Sebastian Vettel feels Ferrari was “still too far away” from Mercedes through the 2018 Formula 1 season, citing a “significant drop in performance” as proving costly in the closing stages of the season. Vettel led the drivers’ championship at the halfway point in the season ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, only to suffer a downturn…

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Formula 1 – F1: Hamilton, Mercedes receive F1 championship trophies at FIA gala

Formula 1 – F1: Hamilton, Mercedes receive F1 championship trophies at FIA gala

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have officially been crowned Formula 1 world champions for 2018 after receiving their championship trophies at the FIA’s end-of-season prize giving on Friday night. Hamilton clinched his fifth drivers’ championship at October’s Mexican Grand Prix after defeating Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in a close head-to-head battle through 2018, while Mercedes clinched…

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Formula 1 – F1 Brown: ‘Lack of consistent leadership’ led to McLaren F1 struggles

Formula 1 – F1 Brown: ‘Lack of consistent leadership’ led to McLaren F1 struggles

“A lack of consistent leadership” was the root cause of McLaren’s Formula 1 struggles through 2018 that meant it was years in the making, according to team CEO Zak Brown. McLaren targeted a return towards the front of the F1 field in 2018 following the switch to Renault engines, only to finish sixth in the…

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Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘not worried’ about 2020 F1 seat amid Ocon to Mercedes rumours

Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘not worried’ about 2020 F1 seat amid Ocon to Mercedes rumours

Valtteri Bottas insists he is “not worried” about rumours linking Esteban Ocon to his Mercedes Formula 1 seat for the 2020 season. Bottas endured a winless 2018 season and struggled to match teammate Lewis Hamilton, who in contrast claimed 11 victories and pole positions on his way to clinching a fifth drivers’ world title. The…

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