Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

Formula One Uncovered: Countdown to season 2018

Posted on 15 February 2018 by Ena Bilobrk

The countdown to the 2018 Formula One season has officially started, with both Haas and Williams revealing their new cars this week. The sport has slowly begun coming out of hibernation revealing more and more pieces of information about this season. 

While we’ve been kept in the dark over the past few months, the teams were working hard as ever to prepare for the start of the season on 25 March at the Australian Grand Prix.

During those long eight months of a Formula One season it is mainly down to the drivers to make the most out of their car’s performance. Yet, in December the switch turns: As Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and C.o. go off on holidays, their mechanics and engineers get back to the factories and work their wonders.

The Renault Sport factory is based in Enstone, 70 miles from London

But what exactly is going on behind closed doors while Formula One fans are counting down to the moment when Sundays regain meaning?

Ena Bilobrk had the chance to visit Renault Sport Formula One Team in Enstone at the end of the 2017 season where preparations were already underway for 2018. There, she spoke to Team Manager Paul Seaby and Chief Technical Officer Bob Bell, who are confident that the new season will be one to remember.