The first-corner crash at August's Belgian Grand Prix produced one of the most dramatic images of the 2018 season. Shunted from behind by Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso's McLaren was sent airborne and bounced off Charles Leclerc's car, just centimeters from the Monégasque's head. The incident brought focus back onto the "Halo" device -- brought into F1 in 2018 for the first time -- that undoubtedly prevented serious injury to Leclerc.
With Mercedes playing catch up to Ferrari's faster car for much of 2018, Lewis Hamilton's individual brilliance has been the decisive factor this season. Perhaps his most impressive performance came in Singapore, taking pole position with a scintillating lap in qualifying on a track where Ferrari should have been dominant. Even his teammates were left open-mouthed and he went on to take victory, marking the beginning of the end for Ferrari's 2018 hopes.
For Ferrari, 2018 is likely to go down as the season of what might have been. Boasting the fastest car for much of the year, crucial and basic mistakes opened the door for Hamilton and Mercedes to take the title. Arguably Vettel's personal nadir came at the German Grand Prix. Leading the way and on course for a first ever victory on home soil, a lapse in concentration saw him slide off the track and onto the gravel in wet conditions. Vettel pounded his fists on his steering wheel and had to watch on as Hamilton climbed from 14th to take an unexpected victory.
Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were forced to apologize to the entire team at their factory in Milton Keynes after a crash in Baku wiped them both out. Having already touched wheels on two occasions, the racing tension came to a head on turn one of lap 40, as Ricciardo went into the back of the Dutchman as he attempted an overtake. The FIA deemed both were to blame and furious team principle Christian Horner said: "They are both in the doghouse, you can see that in their body language."
You can't help but feel a bit sorry for Valtteri Bottas in 2018. Not only has the Finn been forced to watch on as teammate Hamilton took all the plaudits, he has also suffered some terrible misfortune to go all year without tasting victory. There was a last-gasp puncture in Baku which denied him a sure victory, a loss of hydraulics pressure in Austria and, undoubtedly worst of all, the team orders at the Russian Grand Prix in which he was told to move out of the way and let Hamilton pass for the win.
One of the scariest moments of 2018 came in Bahrain when an automated system failure mistakenly told Raikkonen that his pit stop had finished, causing him to run over the leg of a mechanic who was fitting a rear tire. It left Francesco Cigarini with a broken tibia and fibula, needing surgery at Bahrain's BDF Hospital to repair the damage. Ferrari was fined €50,000 ($56,800) for the incident.