The dust has settled on another dramatic F1 season. Here's what we learned.
LEWIS HAMILTON IS CHAMPIONS F1 AND CHAMPIONS
He made the best to improve in 2018. The fifth F1 world championship confirmed this as Lewis Hamilton. But there were 2018 more than that for a Mercedes driver. Hamilton kept his career with a best season yet for what is, historically, his most important championship.
From 800-e drive to take part in Formula 1, only 33 have won the world championship. And from 33, only 16 have become the world's largest champions. The sky is even more amazing above the two and three-time world champions, breaking the list down to just five. And Hamilton has now climbed upwards, joining elite elite, a group that only featured Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio. This is high, gilt status.
In fact, the fifth Hamilton championship – the title to give immediate status of excellence – it was not a common success. In the "battle for five" between the two four-time title winner, Hamilton was champion of champions, almost perfect against a competitor whose year was marked by mistakes, reaching a career high by performing a best career.
"You have to say that Lewis has made the difference this year," said Mercedes chief executive, James Allison, Sky F1. In the final account, that all said.
GERMANIAETH Y PWYNT TURNING
Ferrari's cameras were on development with upgrades that downgraded in Singapore, Russia and Japan at the last time in this year's championship fight.
But in the middle of each game, turning and fighting for 2018, here is the second defined in the year still DNF served by Sebastian Vettel in Germany when he came off the lead, his errors The most serious in mistakes of years varies from the total suspicion to the cost.
2018 has not been kind to his / her reputation. The possibility of being caught between going after Hamilton and pursuing the new team team, Charles Leclerc, 2019 will be even more difficult.
DANIEL RICCIARDO WEDI, FOR USE BIG, BIG INFORMATION
For the frost of the year, Daniel Ricciardo's decision to leave Red Bull for Renault was the absolute champion. Will he experience another Hamilton-to-Mercedes master? Or Alonso-i-McLaren cambride? Only time, and much of it, will say.
Australia had an odd time. When he won at Monaco, Ricciardo was looking at a title competitor. And then his campaign suddenly fell, a year characterized as Monte Carlo and a bust as his term was abolished into many unfortunate retirements and frustrations, not to have another podium.
Conflict, of a kind, about his decision to jump? Or do they feed more problems in the future?
THE FUSS PRE-SEASON IN THE HALO DO NOT SEND THIS
Well, this one was anticipated. How many of us did not know about the Halo by mid-term?
And, more relevant, how many critics were spoiled after Spa and an accident that could have had serious consequences for Charles Leclerc but for his presence?
MERCEDES IS A NUMBER FUND – ONLY FOR HOW HOW?
Although 2018 ends, and rarely he was familiar with the fifth consecutive championship for Mercedes, 2018, and especially during the first half of the year, feeling familiar. Ferrari often took advantage of the quickest package before summer holidays and higher high speed. And by the end of the year, Red Bull was usually there or at the time.
It would be stupid and absurd to suggest that Mercedes is nothing but a favorite for 2019. All 10 world F1 championships are currently living at Silver Money Bracket Headquarters . But the space is tightening, the challenges are mounted, and the impression that they are under threat of next year looks firm.
THE FUTURE BRIGHT …
And, in 2019 especially young.
The 19-year-old Land Norris is McLaren alongside Carlos 24, 24-year-old. Red Bull will have even younger cohesion with an inexperienced 23-year-old Pierre Gasly, older than Max Verstappen. Ferrari will be older but with Charles Leclerc, 21, has hired to replace Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia has thrown off the brackets to incorporate youth.
Elsewhere, George Russell will compete in Williams once after 21, and another rookie, 24-year-old Antonio Giovinazzi will join Raikkonen in Sauber, and Alex Albon will be 22 when he returns to Toro Rosso in Australia.
F1 age has arrived.
F1 IS FULLLY AS HERE
Friday exercise session. Mid term Car at the back of the field, a driver on his way out of the sport.
This should have been a common day. But in F1, no day on the path is ever common. Not really. Not when every second is deeply compromised inside. Incredibly, the Marcus Ericsson 355km / h cut at Practice Two kept all of its damage to the car and did not leave one for a driver to compete in qualifying a day later.
But the paradoxical double reminder was the same: the extent to which F1 safety levels have climbed and, at the same time, the danger and danger that remain within.
THE WORLD MULTURE HAS BEEN HIS FUTURE FOR THE PREVIOUS
It should not have been worse for McLaren in 2018, but he did. Renault, McLaren, made the most of the same Renault machines every season and Renault was well overcame, stating the idea that the 2016 McLaren car was field leader, but only inadequate Honda machines were caught back.
They thought they had gone a long way ago. In 2018, McLaren's eyes were opened to how far they are really.
YOU CAN ONLY FOR NEXT WILLIAMS YEAR
In a year of inconvenient and unintentional disorders, it was only one glimpse of hope that lightly sparked: it can not get worse in 2019 for a team who, even in the bad times in the last year, has never lost his pride than # 39 ; to popularity. In George Russell and Robert Kubica, Williams has their strongest and most interesting line for many years. That, at least, means the end of 2018 with a final hope of hope.
Originally, this article appeared on Sky Sports and it was reproduced with permission