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All your key dates for Formula 1 in 2018

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With the new year now upon us, attention in racing circles is firmly turning towards the start of the new Formula 1 season in Australia at the end of March.

While there is still plenty of motorsport action to keep you busy between now and the start of the new F1 campaign, many fans will be counting down the days until the 2018 cars are launched and tested before finally hitting the track in anger.

Here are all of your key dates for F1 in 2018 including confirmed car launch dates, testing and the grands prix themselves.

FEBRUARY

February 22: Ferrari 2018 F1 car launch
February 26 – March 1: F1 pre-season testing (1), Barcelona
March 6-9: F1 pre-season testing (2), Barcelona

MARCH

March 23-25: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

APRIL

April 6-8: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
April 13-15: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
April 27-29: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku

MAY

May 11-13: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
May 15-16: F1 in-season testing (1), Barcelona
May 25-27: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

JUNE

June 8-10: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
June 22-24: French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard
June 29 – July 1: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg

JULY

July 6-8: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
July 20-22: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim
July 27-29: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest
July 31 – August 1: F1 in-season testing (2), Budapest

AUGUST

August 24-26: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa
August 31 – September 2: Italian Grand Prix, Monza

SEPTEMBER

September 14-16: Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore
September 28-30: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi

OCTOBER

October 5-7: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
October 19-21: United States Grand Prix, Austin
October 26-28: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City

NOVEMBER

November 9-11: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo
November 23-25: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi

Five things to watch for in Bommarito Auto Group 500 at Gateway

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There have been five different winners in the last five weeks of the NTT IndyCar season and driver that kicked off that streak in Elkhart Lake is in desperate need of a victory to help close the points gap to the leader. After being involved in the Lap 1 accident at Pocono Raceway last week, Alexander Rossi sits 35 points behind Josef Newgarden. Rossi’s two victories this season have come on road courses.

This week’s Bommarito Auto Group 500 the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is the third race on this track since IndyCar first revisited it in 2017. Newgarden took the checkers in 2017; Will Power grabbed the glory last year. Gateway also hosted races from 2001-2003.

Here are some of the storylines to watch this Sunday:

  1. For most of the drivers in the field, this will mark only their third time to race at Gateway, but two drivers were around in 2003 when IndyCar visited this track previously. Scott Dixon finished 15th in that race. He found the handle when Indy returned in 2017 to finish second and then third last year. Tony Kanaan was second in 2003; unfortunately he went the other direction and has not scored a top-10 at Gateway since.
  2. If one is looking for perfection on this track type, Simon Pagenaud is the only driver to sweep the top 10 on ovals in the past two years. In his last 10 starts on them, he has garnered an average finish of 5.2; his last five attempts have been sixth or better including a win in this year’s Indy 500. Pagenaud finished third at Gateway in 2017 and was fourth last year.
  3. The top two drivers in the points standings should also challenge for a top-five this week. Rossi was perfect alongside Pagenaud on ovals until his accident last week at Pocono with a sweep of the top 10 and seven top-fives in his last nine races. Newgarden also has nine top-10s and a worst of 13th on ovals in the past two years.
  4. Don’t count Dixon out of the points battle yet. While he currently sits 52 points out of first, Dixon is the hottest driver on the circuit with a current streak of five top-fives to his credit including his victory at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago. His oval record is a little spottier with two runner-up finishes and two 17th-place finishes in the last four races.
  5. Last week’s first-lap carnage ended Rossi’s top-10 streak at seven, but one other driver was able to sneak through and extend his. Graham Rahal will vie for his ninth consecutive top-10 this week, but that success is questionable in light of his Gateway record. Rahal finished 12th in 2017 and was barely able to crack the top 10 in 10th last year.

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