The 2018 F1 Season Starts This Weekend

Plus, WEC heading to Brazil and Nissan EVs

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Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.


F1 Starts This Weekend

The F1 circus is in Melbourne this weekend to kick off 2018 with the Australian Grand Prix. At the time of writing, Free Practice Two has concluded with Lewis Hamilton posting the quickest time, per . But, there's evidence that it's not just going to be a Mercedes-fest on Sunday. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was only 0.127 seconds behind the defending world champion, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikonnen wasn't far off either. Haas made a strong showing too, with Romain Grosjean posting the sixth quickest time of the day.

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ESPN2 will broadcast the race at 1:00 AM EDT Sunday, in case you want to stay up late and watch.

WEC Will Return to Brazil

The World Endurance Championship (WEC) announced yesterday that it'll head to Brazil for the first time since 2014 as part of its 2019/2020 super-season. that the series inked a multi-year deal with Interlagos near Sao Paolo to host a six-hour race. A date for the 6 Hours of Sao Paolo has yet to be announced, but we'll find out when it is when the 2019/2020 season schedule is released this Summer.

More Nissan EVs Coming

At a press conference in Japan today, Nissan announced its intentions to launch eight new EVs by 2021, . This is all part of a plan to sell 1 million electrified vehicles worldwide by 2022. Infiniti will build one of those eight EVs, with its arrival set for 2021. The brand is set to make a major embrace of electrification, even though it just launched a new variable-compression gas engine.

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