2018 Formula One season preview : Mercedes domination set to continue
2018 Formula One Season Preview
Mercedes have led the way in the world of Formula One for the last four years, winning the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championship in each of those seasons and there is little to suggest that dominance is about to end.
The team has absorbed the loss of Nico Rosberg who retired as world champion in 2016 and remained in firm control with Valtteri Bottas as second driver behind Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas may be less likely to win a load of races than Rosberg, but he was impressively steady and reliable on his debut season and he is likely to improve thanks to that experience.
Bottas to prove he is among the elite once again
The Finn won three Grand Prix last season and finished second a further six times. He only retired once and only missed the podium six times, he was very consistent and this took him to a third place finish come the end of the campaign.
Bottas was only 12 points behind Sebastian Vettel in second and a full 100 points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. Considering this comfortable top three finish, the bookies have reacted a bit strangely for the 2018 season.
The second Mercedes man is all the way out at 14/1 to win the world title and whilst no one is suggesting he is going to be world champion, his each-way price to finish in the top three is superb.
Other teams may improve, but so will Bottas and he will be a constant presence on the podium this year.
Hamilton to triumph once again
Lewis Hamilton is going into this season as the world champion and now has four championships to his name, winning it three times in the last four years.
The Brit is unquestionably the best driver on the planet right now and it appears he is still in the best car. We will not know for sure until the season is underway that Mercedes is still so much quicker than the other teams, but we can be pretty sure they are still the most reliable.
In some places Hamilton is odds-on to win the world title for a fifth time before the first race has begun. If he wins the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as he has done twice before, then he will probably go odds-on across the board. Get him for the most generous price you can, while he is still half decent value.
Complete the hat-trick with the Constructor’s Championship
If Hamilton is going to win the thing and Bottas is going to finish in the top three then it goes without saying that Mercedes are going to win the Constructor’s Championship.
The bookies agree and the reigning champions are as low as 1/2 in some places, but you can do a little bit better than that elsewhere.
Lewis Hamilton won the world title by 46 points last year
The French Grand Prix is back in the calendar for the first time since 2008
The Malaysian Grand Prix has been removed from the schedule having been involved since 1999
There are four former world champions in the field – Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen
Mercedes recorded the fewest grid penalties of any team last season
Valtteri Bottas was 100 points clear of Kimi Raikkonen in third and fourth place last year
Hamilton was the only driver to complete all the Grand Prix and not to retire in a race last season