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2018 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Kevin Lim.
Champion Constructor: AMG Mercedes (DE,5,12)
Putative Constructor: AMG Mercedes (DE)
Champion Driver: Lewis Hamilton (GB,5,5)
Putative Driver: Lewis Hamilton (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F1 W09, 1.6-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, ERS-K, turbocharged, eight-speed semi-automatic paddled, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/aluminum honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-push/pull-rod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 745 horsepower (Aldo Costa, James Allison, Geoff Willis, Mike Elliott).

The FIA in 2018 introduces after several months of intense development the Halo cockpit protection system, an elevated wishbone structure that surrounds the seating compartment of a given entry. The sanctioning body also makes adjustments to its regulations regarding grid penalties for violations of power unit usage limitations, race starts and restarts, and plenum chamber temperatures, as well as bans oil burning formulations in the fuel supply, camera mountings upon the Halo structure at Monaco in May, and the signature shark fin aerodynamic component. The FIA finally mandates that all engine suppliers must provide identical specification power units to all utilizers of said units. Scuderia Ferrari narrows the gap between itself and Mercedes, yet only in a relative sense as the F1 W09 entry nonetheless dominates the 2018 season for its fifth consecutive constructors' title and every year-end honorific during the Turbo Hybrid Era. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari again breaks out early before Mercedes pilot Lewis Hamilton gathers steam at Hockenheim in July and rushes away with his second consecutive and fifth overall drivers' crown. Hamilton matches the great Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time championship table, only trailing Michael Schumacher. Red Bull with Daniel Ricciardo wins at Monaco in May for the first time since the 2012 season. Sebastian Vettel earns his fiftieth career series victory at Montréal in June. F1 returns to Paul Ricard in June for the first time since the 1990 season. The stewards allow Lewis Hamilton to keep his victory at Silverstone in July despite his gross violation of the regulations after driving over the infield grass after an aborted service stop. Lewis Hamilton collects his seventieth career series victory at Sochi in September. Mercedes draws scrutiny at Sochi in September after the team orders Valtteri Bottas to allow teammate Lewis Hamilton past for the race victory. Kimi Räikkönen breaks a 113-race winless streak with his victory for Ferrari at Austin in October. The stewards disqualify the Force India entry of Esteban Ocon and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen for illegal fuel formulations at Austin in October.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Mercedes261     Hamilton L190
Scuderia Ferrari210     Vettel127
Red Bull TAG142     Verstappen M91
Force India Mercedes11     Raikkonen88
Haas Ferrari10     Bottas83
Renault10     Ricciardo52

Noteworthy 2018 Races

2018 II Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku, Azerbaijan2018 2018 II Azerbaijan Grand Prix At Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (306.5 kilometers) in April, the race comes to a German Mercedes F1 W09 under Lewis Hamilton (GB) in 1:43:44.3 (average 109.99 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Kimi Räikkönen. Hamilton moves out front after race leader and teammate Valtteri Bottas in his companion Mercedes drops a tire with only three laps remaining. Photo Credit: Mark Thompson.
2018 LXXVI Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2018 2018 LXXVI Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (260.5 kilometers), an Austrian Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer under Daniel Ricciardo (AU) takes race honors in 1:42:54.8 (average 94.29 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo sits on the pole and leads wire-to-wire over the distance, nursing a failing harvester unit and gearbox, for his first victory in the principality and the first for Red Bull since the 2012 season. Ricciardo avenges the service lane mistake by his team in 2016 that costs him a much deserved cross at Monte Carlo. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2018 LXIX British Grand Prix Silverstone, England2018 2018 LXIX British Grand Prix At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix (306.5 kilometers) in July, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari SF71H under Sebastian Vettel (DE) takes the flag in 1:27:29.8 (average 130.53 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Mercedes driven by Lewis Hamilton. Vettel moves out front after passing race leader Valtteri Bottas in his Mercedes with less than six laps remaining, marking his first cross at the circuit since 2009, and the first for the Scuderia since the 2011 season. Photo Credit: Ferrari Media.
2018 LXXXVIII Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy2018 2018 LXXXVIII Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (307 kilometers) in September, a German Mercedes F1 W09 under Lewis Hamilton (GB) notches a victory in 1:16:54.5 (average 148.84 mph), under nine seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Kimi Räikkönen. Hamilton moves out front with a dramatic wheel-to-wheel pass around race leader Räikkönen along the wide side of Retifillo Chicane with only eight laps remaining. Photo Credit: Bloxham/LAT Photographic Archive.