• IN WORDS: Toto's Mid-Season Review

Toto reflects on a rollercoaster first half of the year...

The first half of the 2018 Formula One season has been one of the most intense we can remember, with three teams fighting it out at the front of the field, battling it out for race victory.

Many of the races have come down to incredibly fine margins, with no room for error in this remarkable Championship scrap.

Who will come out on top of the standings by the end of the season? Right now, after 12 races, it's still too close to call.

One thing's for sure though... we are pushing as hard as we can to make sure we are the ones smiling the broadest at the end of the season.

With the travelling F1 circus breaking up for the summer shutdown, it's the perfect time to look back at the season so far and throw forward to the remaining races.

"The battle at the top is more exciting than ever before, and things are also very tight in the midfield," explains Toto.

"The races have not only produced some great wheel-to-wheel action on the track but also some surprise winners: seven of the twelve races so far were not necessarily won by the fastest car.

"All in all, I would say that the 2018 season has been a marvellous advertisement for the sport. For us as a team, the half-term report is a positive one, as we are currently leading both World Championships.

"We owe this to the efforts of our team in Brackley and Brixworth and to the driving skills of Lewis and Valtteri.

"At the same time, though, we also realise that we have dropped points in more than one race, so we are going flat out to boost performance even more for the second half of the season.

"We will be working very hard on that right up to the weekend when the summer break officially begins as decreed by the regulations.

"It's a break that everyone on our team has more than earned. We will then come back refreshed with the necessary energy to raise our game even further in the second half of the season."