OK, we've got dates for most of the teams to reveal their cars, we know that the first 4 day testing in Spain will be in a few weeks...first race end of March...The Super Bowl is over, so I'm ready for some F1 2018 style!
The Halo, Grid Girls, and new logo have been in the news over the winter, and to be honest I'm not even interested so much in those topics compared to the racing!
Fernando Alonso has been in the news more than anyone, thanks to his drive at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Starting this Friday there is a new show on Amazon Prime that follows the McLaren F1 team from last year, so I'm hoping that this show will be fun to watch anyway. Hopefully there will be more than a steady bunch of Renault engines blowing up!
For 2018, maybe we'll have another battle of at least Mercedes and Ferrari, maybe even Red Bull can be in there too.
After that, I really think we have a good chance of an even tighter battle all the way down the field for these reasons:
Force India: After two years in a row finishing 4th, can they do it again? Will be tough, even tougher than moving up to 3rd.
Williams: A couple not so great years, they'll have youngsters Stroll and Sirotkin, but will the car be any good? I see them dropping some spots this year.
Renault: A full season of Sainz and Hulkenberg as the factory team is even more up to strength with facilities and people, I bet they surprise some people and fight for podiums!
Toro Rosso: Ooohhhh, stuck with Honda engines, I don't see how this can turn out well.
Haas: Finishing 8th in their first two seasons, with more points in 17 than 16 is going to be tough to improve given all the other teams that are likely to jump ahead. Another 8th would be pretty good this year I'd think.
Sauber/Alfa Romeo: They've been terrible for a couple years on old Ferrari engines, but the new deal brings them 2018 power units, so they have to move up this year, maybe all the way to 9th, but moving up!
McLaren: The big wild card. Alonso and Vandorn should be able to do a LOT better this year, just because they won't be on Honda power, but then combine the Renault engine with probably even better engines than last year, sure, there is a shot that they will fight for podiums too.
Anything possible at this point, but as always the prospect of a fight for the championship makes it all fun, and this year more than the last few years I think there will be just a titanic battle from 3-10 for the teams too.