The 2018 grid in pictures

Date published: January 10 2018

A quick look at the 19 drivers who have been confirmed for this year’s Formula 1 World Championship…

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton

The reigning World Champion is entering his sixth season as a Mercedes driver, chasing his fifth F1 World title.

Valtteri Bottas

A race winner in the 2017 campaign, Bottas will be looking to become a genuine title challenger as he tackles a second season with Mercedes.

Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel

Losing out on the 2017 crown after a wretched latter half of the season, Vettel will be out to right some wrongs this season.

Kimi Raikkonen

Another season, another one-year Ferrari extension for Kimi Raikkonen. But can the Finn become more than Vettel’s back up?

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo

As he contemplates his future in Formula 1, Ricciardo is determined to put his name into the hat for this year’s World title.

Max Verstappen

F1’s young sensation, Verstappen will be out to excite the fans – and win the title – in 2018.

Force India

Sergio Perez

Missing out on a podium in 2017, Perez and Force India will be looking to cement their place as best of the rest – or even challenge for a top-three showing.

Esteban Ocon

With lessons learned in his first season in F1, Ocon is chasing another solid season and perhaps a podium as he knocks on Mercedes’ front door.

Williams

Lance Stroll

Entering his second season in Formula 1, Williams will be hoping that Lance Stroll’s curve continues on the up and up.

As yet unnamed

Robert Kubica was reportedly the man set to get the Williams drive but now reports claim it will go to Sergey Sirotkin. Watch this space…

Renault

Nico Hulkenberg

This season Renault believe they will take a massive stride forward with Nico Hulkenberg hoping that means he can finally get that much-awaited podium result.

Carlos Sainz

Much is expected from Carlos Sainz in his first full season with the manufacturer team.

Toro Rosso

Pierre Gasly

Finally a Formula 1 driver, Gasly will be looking to cement his place in the Toro Rosso line-up as he competes in his first full season in the sport.

Brendon Hartley

It has been a long road for Hartley into Formula 1 but he has finally made it!

Haas

Romain Grosjean

Tackling a third season with Haas, Grosjean will be hoping that a solid showing puts him in the running for a 2019 Ferrari seat.

Kevin Magnussen

2017 wasn’t a year for making friends for Magnussen, will this season be any different?

McLaren

Fernando Alonso

With a goodbye to Honda and a hello to Renault, could this be the year Alonso returns to the F1 podium?

Stoffel Vandoorne

Vandoorne is entering his second season in Formula 1 looking to prove that his class shown in earlier series prevails.

Sauber

Marcus Ericsson

Perhaps saved by the money, 2018 could be Ericsson’s last shot to prove he deserves a place in F1.

Charles Leclerc

As yet the only full rookie on the 2018 grid, Leclerc enters F1 with much promise – and the dream of a Ferrari drive.