2018 Winter Updates
The race calendar is up, the teams are finally all settled (we're looking at you Williams), Winter testing is just over a month away, and all the drivers are posting their workout selfies on instagram. I think it's time for some updates.
This year's race lineup includes two new races: France and Germany. With a total of 21 races, this will be a busy season.
March 25 – Australia (Melbourne)
April 8 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
April 15 – China (Shanghai)
April 29 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
May 13 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 27 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
June 10 – Canada (Montreal)
June 24 – France (Le Castellet)
July 1 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 8 - Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 22 - Germany (Hockenheim)
July 29 - Hungary (Budapest)
August 26– Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 2 – Italy (Monza)
September 16 - Singapore (Singapore)
September 30 - Russia (Sochi)
October 7 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 21– USA (Austin)
October 28– Mexico (Mexico City)
November 11– Brazil (Sao Paulo)
November 25- Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
In other news:
Alonso races in the Daytona 24 Hours on January 27th. United Autosports has two cars racing in the Daytona 24 Hours including car #23 in which Alonso teams up with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson and car #32 with Bruno Senna, Paul di Resta, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer.
Lewis Hamilton had a kerfuffle with his fans and deleted all of his social media posts, but 2018 brought him back out of the dark and he has returned to his beloved followers. Kimi also created a new account and admitted he has no idea what he is doing...
Teams have begun to announce when they will launch their 2018 cars, up first is Ferrari on Feb 22nd.
And, the big news... Williams confirmed their new driver, Sergey Sirotkin.
The top three teams held steady in their driver lineup. A few other rookies round out the field. See the full lineup below.
Mercedes -- Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
Ferrari -- Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Red Bull -- Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen
Force India -- Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon
Williams -- Lance Stroll, Sergey Sirotkin
Renault -- Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz
Toro Rosso -- Pierre Gasly, Brendon Hartley
Haas -- Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen
McLaren -- Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne
Sauber -- Marcus Ericsson, Charles Leclerc
Speaking of Social Media, our boys are getting ready for the fight and sharing it on Instagram and Twitter. So just in case you need a little extra motivation (New Year's resolutions tend to only last about two weeks anyway right?) here are a few ideas for kicking your workout routine into gear.
Last but not least for today, the Winter Testing schedule for tests 1 and 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya. That will be our first official 2018 dinner. (Yay!) Though the party doesn't really start until Australia, and for that we have to wait until March 25th.
First test: February 26-March 1 - Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Second test: March 6-9 - Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
I'll be back with some testing of my own in the weeks to come. I got a stack of new cookbooks for Christmas and birthday and can't wait to try them out. A new Total Wine store also opened in our neighboring town, opening up lots of new possibilities for cocktails too! Let me know if you have any recommendations or requests!