The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is the highest level of Formula car racing championship in the world and is in the 72nd year of running. In the current season, F1 Drivers and teams are competing in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championship titles respectively.
The 2018 F1 Drivers' & Constructors' Championship Contenders
Lewis Hamilton is the reigning world champion who is defending his World Drivers' Champion title, after winning his fourth championship at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, is the defending World Constructors' Champion, having won their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix. Their main rival Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel finished second in the 2017 F1 season. One of most successful constructors in F1 of all times, Scuderia Ferrari commonly know as Ferrari haven't won a title since 2017.
The most important drivers in the race for 2018 F1 drivers championship are Lewis Hamiton, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will try to get their fifth F1 Drivers' World Championship title.
After five rounds, Sebastian Vettel trails Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship by seventeen points. Valtteri Bottas is third, a further twenty points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads Ferrari by twenty-seven points, with Red Bull Racing third.
Mid Feild teams:
The battle for the midfield teams' and drivers' are very close with Force India Mercedes finishing in a commendable fourth place in 2017 championship but haven't able to show their stellar performance compared to the previous season. The HAAS Ferrari team showed impressive pace right from testing but haven't been able to convert them into results as a constructor so far. Red Bull racings sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso have been impressive till now with their driver Pierre Gasly finishing in fourth at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this year. Mclaren, one of the most successful F1 teams in the history of the sport is now competing to seal that midfield spot and trying to move up the order with their Spanish Formula 1 double world champion Fernando Alonso who has been consistent in contributing points to till now. The Williams F1 has struggled the most this season with both their drivers and their test driver, former F1 driver Robert Kubica complaining about the lack of pace and their struggle with the balance of the car remains unsolved.
The Monégasque driver Charles Leclerc who made his way into F1 from the FIA F2 championship. He drives for the Alpha Romeo Sauber Ferrari team alongside his experienced teammate Marcus Ericsson. Leclerc has been very impressive so far in his rookie season with a sixth-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan Grand Prix and has scored thirteen championship points compared to Ericsson with just three points.
The Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin joined the young Canadian Lance Stroll at the Williams F1 team and is the only driver yet to score points so far this year.
A revision of the sport's technical regulations has led to a new cockpit protection device known as the "halo" which was introduced for the 2018 championship. The Pirelli Formula1 tyres compounds remain the same as last year except for the introduction of a new compound "hypersoft" which will be the fastest tyre option available and due to make it debut in 2018 F1 Monaco Grand Prix.