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Grand Prix Launches 2018 F1 Season on March 25th
Motor sport fans less than a week before the Melbourne
Prix launches the 2018 season of FIA Formula One
World Championship on March 25. The new cars, equipped
with chassis and motor modifications and the controversial
Halo safety device are either in or on their way to
Australia after being tested in Spain.
The world's most powerful and sophisticated open
cockpit cars will take over the streets of Melbourne,
running 57 laps on a 5.3 km course known as the Melbourne
Grand Prix Circuit in the first of 21 races to determine
the 2018 F1 World Champion. The total distance of
the race is 302.2 km.
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain was the eventual
F1 champion at the end of last season. Ferrari driver
Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix in
2017, but for the four years, none of the top teams
has mounted a serious challenge to Team Mercedes,
where Hamilton has won three season-long championships,
with one going to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
It was not long ago, however, when Sebastian Vettel
won four consecutive championships from 2010 - 2013
behind the wheel of a Team Red Bull car.
Red Bull has Perth native Daniel Ricciardo as their
primary driver for last year and this, but there are
many indications that after 2018, the last year of
his contract with Red Bull, he may seek a seat with
one of the other teams, as it seems that Red Bull's
number two driver, Max Verstappen, is a future star
of the circuit.
Anyone interested in having a punt of the 2018 F1
World Constructors Championship, which is the award
given to the team with the most points at the end
of the season, will find that Mercedes is the favourite,
priced at $1.50 by Ladbrokes - Bookmakers
Offseason improvements by Red Bull have them quoted
at $3.75, ahead of Ferrari at $5. The rest are well
In the category for individual drivers for the entire
season, Lewis Hamilton is the favourite and carries
a quote of $1.67. Sebastian Vettel is next at $5,
followed by Verstappen at $6.50 and Ricciardo at $10
and Valtteri Bottas at $11.
Betting markets for the driver to win the Australian
Grand Prix follow a similar order to the season pricing
in the previous paragraph, but exact prices vary slightly.
All of the above figures were supplied by Ladbrokes.
The Australian Grand Prix traces its history back
to 1928, when it was called the 100 Miles Road Race
and 2018 marks the 23rd time the race will be held
on the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.
Alan Jones was the last Australian driver to win
the race, capping off a period when the race was won
by either an Aussie or Kiwi, dating back to 1969.
There was another period of southern hemisphere dominance
running from 1965 back to 1957. The year of 1957 featured
the unique occurrence of a tie between drivers Lex
Davison and Bill Patterson.
An Australian or New Zealand driver won from the
initial running in 1928 until 1955, save one year,
1938, when Peter Whitehead of Great Britain took the
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