Top 5 Formula 1 drivers ahead of the 2018 season
The 2018 Formula 1 season is just around the corner with Australia's Albert Park hosting the first race on March 25.
The Malaysian Grand Prix has been dropped off the Formula 1 calendar this year, still, 2018 will feature 21 races thanks to the return of the French and, the German Grands Prix.
The French Grand Prix in 2018, which will be the first since 2008, will see the return of the Circuit Paul Ricard. The circuit at Le Castellet, near Marseille, last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990.
The German Grand Prix also returns to the championship after a one-year absence, creating F1's first-ever triple header in June.
Moreover, Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been brought forward to April, while, the Russian Grand Prix has been moved from April to the end of September.
21 races, 20 drivers, 10 teams, 2 new rookies and lots of action is expected in the new season with new rule changes that will change the identity of F1 forever.
The Halos are on, the tires are set and the drivers are ready to roll as we look at the Top 5 current Formula 1 drivers ahead of the 2018 season!
#5 Esteban Ocon, Force India
Mercedes protege Esteban Ocon, had an impressive 2017 season for Force India, scoring points in 18 of the 20 Grands Prix and finishing just one place and 13 points adrift of his experienced teammate Sergio Perez in the drivers' standings.
Although he was beaten on points by Perez, the 21-year-old was bang on target and had stand-out moments such as taking the fifth spot in qualifying at Monza, in his first full F1 season.
The ex-Manor driver was impressively consistent, scoring 43 points in the first 10 races and 44 in the second 10.
The French driver achieved his best results after the summer break as he finished sixth in Japan and the United States, before taking the fifth spot in Mexico.
Ocon is blessed with a remarkable finishing record and a bulletproof mentality - in the right car, he is quite capable of being a champion in future.