PF1 awards: Team of the Season

Date published: December 4 2018

Our next category we want your vote on is: Team of the Season. Check out the nominees and make your decision!

Mercedes: The Silver Arrows secured a fifth consecutive double of Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in 2018. They managed to do so this year with what most thought was the second best car on the grid this season. The team racked up 655 points across the 21 races, which included 11 victories (all from Lewis Hamilton).

Ferrari: The Scuderia could not deliver a first Drivers’ title since 2007, but they gave Mercedes a run for their money this year. The prancing horses had the better car through the midpoint of the season, but individual mistakes cost the team a shot at both titles. It was a good to see Kimi Raikkonen on the podium 12 times, and to grab that first win in forever, though.

Red Bull: 2018 was an all-too-familiar season for Red Bull in what was their final year with Renault power. A small handful of wins, plenty of promise and plenty of reliability issues, too. Whilst there is no doubting the RB14 proved to be a very capable car, Red Bull could only ever tease us into thinking a three-way title battle was coming our way in 2018.

Renault: The Enstone outfit finished best of the rest in 2018, with a solid P4 in the Constructors’. Nico Hulkenberg also wrapped up the best of the rest crown in the Drivers’ with P7. A good year for Renault, and with Daniel Ricciardo joining them for the next few seasons, could we see them fighting for wins soon? They do keep heading in the right direction.

Haas: It was another solid season for the youngest team in the paddock. Kevin Magnussen was the man to beat in the midfield early on and Romain Grosjean came to the fore more in the second half of the season. The team finished in P5, and will be very happy with that as they look to improve next year.

Force India: Despite the whole, messy administration process, the Force India team managed to finish in P7, with only nine races to score points after they were re-entered into the Championship as Racing Point. They would have finished just 11 points behind Renault without the exclusion of the Sahara team. Will replacing Ocon with Stroll help next year?

Sauber: The surprise package of the 2018 season were Sauber. After finishing rock bottom of the standings last year, the team catapulted themselves up into P8 this year, largely thanks to rookie star Charles Leclerc and an improved Ferrari engine. With Kimi Raikkonen there in 2019, they could go on to bigger and better things.

Toro Rosso: Apart from a podium finish for Sergio Perez in Azerbaijan, Toro Rosso had the highest finishing position in a race from the midfield runners. Pierre Gasly’s P4 in Bahrain was the highlight, but they did some good work with the Honda engine to aid big brothers Red Bull for next season.

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