The W09 shared some similar DNA to its predecessor, the W08 – which was affectionally dubbed a “diva” for being a little unpredictable at times.
However, W08 was the most successful car of that season, and W09 looked to be the same – and took the team to a remarkable, record-equalling fifth consecutive Championship double. The regulations remained largely stable for 2018, with the main differences being the introduction of the Halo, banning of the monkey seat and the high T-wings disappearing. The design philosophy remained the same, with the aim being to develop the many strengths of the previous car: W08.
While the team faced tougher competition from its closest rivals, W09 proved to be the class of the field come the season’s end, with Lewis Hamilton sailing to his fifth Drivers’ crown in Mexico and the team following that up with the Constructors’ victory in Brazil.
W09 claimed 11 wins, 13 pole positions, 25 podiums and 10 fastest laps from 21 races, as well as four 1-2 finishes. Combined, Lewis and Valtteri scored 655 points. In terms of mileage, the W09 managed 7,791 laps, covering 38,854km, 128,631 corners and 381,586 gear changes across the different chassis.