It’s here! The first race week of the Halo era has begun. The teams are in Australia, unpacked the carbon fibre, electronics, wheels, wings and power units that will tell us, over the next day, who did the best research and development during the off-season.
Last year, Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel proved the impossible was possible around the Albert Park circuit – the first driver to beat the Mercedes team in a straight fight on track since the dawn of the hybrid era in 2014. It was inspiring and ushered in the most exciting season in years, with true title contenders from multiple teams. This season brings expectations of a similar- if not closer – fight, with three teams ready to pounce. And many F1 fans are dying for that parity. With testing revealing little, and rumours around the paddock each suggesting a different team has a title chance, it remains to be seen who will triumph.
Story lines will unfold, questions will be answered and others will be raised as the first race of the 2018 season is about to begin. Join us for the latest updates and results from the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit as the qualifying session ahead of the 2018 Australian Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for pole postition in the first race of the 2018 Formula One season