Whilst many of the F1 championship battles were concluded before the end of the season, there was still plenty to fight for between team-mates.
Some had secured their Formula One futures earlier in the year, whilst others still had a battle on their hands to prove that they still deserved a place in the sport.
So who managed to round off their campaign with a flourish, and which drivers were left begging for the season to end? Here are the verdicts for the final third of the season, to give us the final JAonF1 team-mate battle results for 2018.
Leading Driver: Magnussen
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A man capable of demonstrating driving racing abilities on both ends of the spectrum, Romain Grosjean spent the second half of 2018 clawing back some pride against his fast-starting team-mate Kevin Magnussen. He managed to claim qualifying honours over the course of the season, but the damage was already done in the points standings; 56-37 to Magnussen.
Haas themselves have been left to regret the driver and operational errors that have cost them fourth place in the constructors’ championship, but overall the team will look back on 2018 with pride, having taken by far their best result.
One of very few teams to keep the same driver line-up for next season, Haas will be desperate for more consistency if they’re to finish ahead of the likes of the ever-climbing Renault, a McLaren team striving for resurgence, or a Force India/Racing Point team with fresh investment.
Leading Driver: Hulkenberg
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For 2019, Hulkenberg faces one of his toughest F1 challenges to date. With Daniel Ricciardo joining him at Renault next year, he has a big chance to validate
Red Bull Racing
Leading Driver: Verstappen
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Leading Driver: Vettel
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Leading Driver: Hamilton
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Not looking to hide from his win-less year, Valtteri Bottas has described 2018 as his “worst season” in Formula One. Having been denied victories on multiple occasions at venues such as China, Azerbaijan, Austria and Russia, Bottas has also had a huge slice of bad luck which has made his performances look worse than they are. Despite this, he’s been completely unable to mount a regular challenge to championship-winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
He should really have taken at least third place in the drivers’ championship, but instead finished fifth behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who spent the first part of the year unable to string two clean races together.
On the other side of the garage, 2018 turned into one of his most successful seasons in his career; eleven wins, eleven poles, 408 points and a championship-winning margin of 88 points over rival Sebastian Vettel. When Hamilton was eight points behind in a hard-fought contest after round ten at Silverstone, it seemed difficult to comprehend that he would win the title with two races to spare.
By: Luke Murphy
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