Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain will be at close quarters again in 2018.
Brendon Hartley is out to prove he belongs in his first full Formula One season.
We are now in the very short period between when the various Formula 1 teams are back at base after the 2018 pre-season testing days at the Spanish 'Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya', unusually interrupted by snow this year, and the first Grand Prix of the year at Melbourne.
Once again this year, Scuderia Toro Rosso and its Official HR Partner, Gi Group, are running Formula Future, the innovative education project which opens the doors of the Faenza technology factory to talented youngsters with a passion for motorsport. Those chosen will be able to work alongside highly qualified professionals and grow professionally and personally, on a course that combines theory and practice with a Blended Learning approach.
By any measure the general consensus of Formula 1 commentators, team principals, in fact anybody with any connection to the sport, is that Formula 1 as a sport, as a business, as entertainment, even as an industry, is facing a major crossroads.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 kmDriver: Marcus EricssonWeather: sunny and dry; air 12° – 20°C, track 13° – 28°CChassis / engine: C37-02 / FerrariLaps today: 120 laps, 558.600 kmFastest lap: 1:21.706 min (P11, supersoft tyres) Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work
It was just good to do some kilometres in the car. I have the first race distance of the year under my belt now and it was positive. I believe we have made a step forward compared to where we were last year with just the general feeling and grip level.