FIA Formula One 2018 |OT| Halo: Racing Evolved

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2018 FORMULA ONE SEASON

WINTER TESTING SCHEDULE
February 26-March 1 (Barcelona)
March 6-9 (Barcelona)

2018 RACE CALENDAR

25 March - Grand Prix of Australia - Melbourne
8 April - Grand Prix of Bahrain - Sakhir
15 April - Grand Prix of China - Shanghai
29 April - Grand Prix of Azerbaijan - Baku
13 May - Grand Prix of Spain - Barcelona
27 May - Grand Prix of Monaco - Monaco
10 June - Grand Prix of Canada - Montreal
24 June - Grand Prix of France - Le Castellet
1 July - Grand Prix of Austria - Spielberg
8 July - Grand Prix of Great Britain - Silverstone
22 July - Grand Prix of Germany - Hockenheim
29 July - Grand Prix Budapest - Hungary
26 August - Grand Prix of Belgium - Spa-Francorchamps
2 September - Grand Prix of Italy - Monza
16 September - Grand Prix of Singapore - Singapore
30 September - Grand Prix of Russia - Sochi
7 October - Grand Prix of Japan - Suzuka
21 October - Grand Prix of the United States of America - Austin
28 October - Grand Prix of Mexico - Mexico City
11 November - Grand Prix of Brazil - Sao Paulo
25 November - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina

2018 FORMULA 1 GRID

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
Engine: Mercedes
Chassis: F1 W09 EQ Power+
Drivers: 44. Lewis Hamilton, 77. Valtteri Bottas


Scuderia Ferrari
Engine: Ferrari
Chassis: TBA
Drivers: 5. Sebastian Vettel, 7. Kimi Räikönnen


Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Engine: Renault (branded as TAG Heuer)
Chassis: RB14
Drivers: 3. Daniel Ricciardo, 33. Max Verstappen


Sahara Force India F1 Team
Engine: Mercedes
Chassis: VJM11
Drivers: 11. Sergio Pérez, 31. Esteban Ocon


Williams Martini Racing
Engine: Mercedes
Chassis: FW41
Drivers: 18. Lance Stroll, 35. Sergey Sirotkin


Renault Sport Formula One Team
Engine: Renault
Chassis: RS18
Drivers: 27. Nico Hülkenberg, 55. Carlos Sainz Jr.


Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
Engine: Honda
Chassis: STR13
Drivers: 10. Pierre Gasly, 28. Brandon Hartley


Haas F1 Team
Engine: Ferrari
Chassis: VF-18
Drivers: 8. Romain Grosjean, 20. Kevin Magnussen


McLaren F1 Team
Engine: Renault
Chassis: MCL33
Drivers: 2. Stoffel Vandoorne, 14. Fernando Alonso


Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
Engine: Ferrari
Chassis: C37
Drivers: 9. Marcus Ericsson, 16. Charles Leclerc

2018 RULE CHANGES
  • Grid penalties will now be handed out differently. If you change one unit you will get set back 5- or 10 places like before. However, should you change a second component in the same weekend, you will be moved to the back of the grid. In case of multiple drivers getting this penalty, the order in which they changed will determine the grid order.
  • Only three race engines may be used during this season, down from four. That means, 3 ICE, 3 MGU-H, 3 Turbo-chargers, as well as only 2 MGU-K, 2 Energy storage systems and 2 CE's.
  • Shark fins and T-wings were disallowed for 2018.
  • Oil burning practices will be subject to further restricting regulations.
  • Race stewards can now issue penalties for improper race starts after Vettel oddly positioned his car in China 2017 and Bottas might have jumped the start in Austria.
  • Free practice drivers must now have 25 superlicense points before they're allowed to participate.
  • Pre-season testing is now seven, instead of eight days.
  • The Halo safety-system will be mandatory from this season onwards.
  • Drivers will be required to wear special gloves that transmit their biometric data to better assist recovery and medical crews in the event of accidents.
  • Two new tire compounds will be introduced, dubbed Hypersoft and Superhard, which will have a Pink and Orange sidewall respectively. The color for the Hard compound will be changed to light blue. Pirelli will still select only three of the available compounds for teams to use during a weekend.

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#4
McLaren, please be fast.

Engine rules and grid penalties are beyond a joke now. Drivers aren't pushing it to the limits anymore because they need to save literally everything. Despite this, it's still the best motorsport in the world.

Can't wait to see the car reveals. I wonder how different they're going to look with the halo?
 
#15
I'm really interested to see how Sirotkin performs. With all due respect to Stroll Williams most surely hope that at least one of their drivers can help push them up a bit further. Wonder if Mercedes will keep an eye on him as a poachable driver once they punt Bottas out at the end of the season!

I also hope McLaren beat Red Bull. Very unlikely I know but it's mainly so I can see Christian Horner's face and hear how he'd turn it around to blame Renault.
 
#18
Genuinely curious as to how much of a fight it's going to be this year. Last years Mercedes was unbeatable in the races where they got it properly dialled into the track. If they can iron out it's few kinks and ally it to their new engine, which I'm fairly sure will break the 1000hp mark this season, then it could be another steamroller year for them.

I'd love to see Merc, Ferrari, RB & especially McLaren (well, Alonso!) all fighting it out at the front end but I'm not hearing anything on the grapevine that'll upset the status quo. Fingers crossed Renault can make an engine reliable enough that it can operate at full power this year.
 
#21
Mercedes will unveil their car on February 22nd, same day as Ferrari.

Unveil will be at Silverstone, followed by the first car shakedown
 
#23
I hope Mercedes dominates so I can tune out for the entire season and don't have to watch the cars race with those awful halo constructs.
 
#24
Couldn't be less excited for a Formula 1 season, and I'm a huge fan. Rule changes seem dumb, halo is really odd, even less engines sounds horrible, and it seems like they learned nothing from last season's low amount of passes. Hopefully it'll be a great fight for the championship at least that doesn't end in Verstappen's sidepods at 3/4ths of the season.
 
#25
2018 Launch dates:

Mercedes - February 22
Ferrari - February 22
Red Bull - TBC
Force India - TBC
Williams - TBC
Renault - TBC
Toro Rosso - February 25
Haas - TBC
McLaren - February 23
Sauber -TBC
 
#28
just make front and rear wing generate no downforce. Keep them for looks but move almost solely to mechanical grip. Should help overtaking as less issues sitting in turbulent air, and mitigate significant engine performance advantages as you can't put that power down as easily.
 

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#29
just make front and rear wing generate no downforce. Keep them for looks but move almost solely to mechanical grip. Should help overtaking as less issues sitting in turbulent air, and mitigate significant engine performance advantages as you can't put that power down as easily.
I think FOM have the right of it now, just take your workgroup and have proper tech people analyze and run simulations, and only then -a couple years on- make changes that benefit the sport.
 
#32
Very nice!

The new restriction on number of engines could make end of season interesting.
Also; what's the point of super hard? No one will use that in F1.
 
#38
I'm not sure if I'll follow. I mean, I love F1 and I think it's good that the drivers have more head protection, but gosh, the halo is really fugly, and since there's no Brazilian driver on the grid this year...

I hope Mercedes dominates so I can tune out for the entire season and don't have to watch the cars race with those awful halo constructs.
HAHA, I guess I'll be on the same train.
 
#44
The race season is getting way too long IMO

F1 is one of those sports i want to get into but dont know where to start. It seems enjoyable to watch
Full disclosure before I go into this: I fell out of F1 last year a bit, so if anything is wrong in this I apologize and hopefully someone can correct me.

If you're in the UK you can sign up for their streaming offering and that might be the easiest way. If you're in the US I'm not sure what to recommend because NBCS just lost their contract and the team there was pretty good for US audiences. Other than that this thread or the F1 subreddit is REALLY good. I don't know if I'd recommend going back and watching whole past seasons, but I'm sure some can point to some good "history of" type videos.

Qualifying can be really exciting since the structure works 3 sessions: The first session has every drive, second session drops the bottom 5(?) and the final session drops another 5(?) drivers so it's positioning for the final 10 spots. IIRC each session gets shorter too. There is a lot of strategy to this because if a driver releases too early they may put themselves in an odd spot to secure a good spot because they may not have a time to work against. meaning if you're first out and set a time, it may take 2-3 minutes to see your time eclipsed which could then have you not get back out in time. Yes, drives can pit during qualifying and either sit still (if they set a really good time early on) or return back out. In session 3 you'll see the best/fastest drivers try to time out it so they can do a warm up lap right into their qualifying lap to time it out so Session 3 completes as close to them finishing.

The races can be either really dull or really exciting, with a sprinkling of interesting full races. The more dull races can be places like Monaco (extremely narrow, few passing spots) or Russia (very wide, fast); that said Monaco CAN be interesting depending on how aggressive drivers get. No matter what the first 1-3 laps can be super tense, and the final 10 laps can be really exciting. The real interesting part of races comes in the fact teams are required to use 2 sets of tires (soft, medium, hard, wet); I believe the tires you qualify on are still required for starting the race. So strategy aspect is setting up the correct tire from qualifying and changing out at the right moments based on team choices. This comes even more difficult because track conditions can change based on weather (wet, cold, hot). On top of all this there is no refueling, ever. And with requirements for fuel consumption this adds another element of strategy. This is completely indapendent of DRS zones and power unit strategies.

HOWEVER, all that said and laid out with strategy you can still end up with some very boring races. So my recommendation would be to definitely catch the first 1-5 laps and the final 10, but keep the race on as you do other stuff so you can hear when things might get interesting. Sometimes the middle pack battles can be so intense it keeps you engaged the whole time.
 
#47
I honestly cannot imagine engine parts lasting 7 race weekends(!) or more without severely turning down power, but they'll need to. The only way I can see that working is if Mercedes has room to spare like in 2014-2016 or if a Merc customer runs in a highly conservative mode. Probably Williams.
 
#48
I honestly cannot imagine engine parts lasting 7 race weekends(!) or more without severely turning down power, but they'll need to. The only way I can see that working is if Mercedes has room to spare like in 2014-2016 or if a Merc customer runs in a highly conservative mode. Probably Williams.
we could bet which team will be the first to burn through allocation :P
 
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