2018 Formula One Season

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    Formula 1: 'Grid girls' will not be used at races this season


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    'Grid girls' will no longer be used by Formula 1 from the start of the 2018 World Championship season.

    Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations, said the change would be made "so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport".

    F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live in December that the use of female promotional models was "under review".

    The new F1 season begins on 25 March.

    "While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms," Bratches added.

    "We don't believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world."
     
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    Hey, @extremebluemagic. Moved your post to a new thread as we're starting a new season.

    So excited about the McLaren-Renault partnership. Hope we finally get to see my McLaren back on the podium. It's been toooooo long.
     
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    Or Ferrari for that matter @Roman
     
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    Booooo! Hahaha. Ferrari won 5 times last year, Rex! I think they're doing pretty ok.
     
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    ^^Thank you...

    While we are all waiting for the new season to start and also, while I am waiting again for the free tickets for the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix :whistle:;):)(y)

    basa basa muna tayo ng mga changes sa rules...




    Tech analysis: Formula 1's 2018 rule changes

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    By: Matt Somerfield, Assistant Technical Editor
    2018-01-13
    The 2017 season was the first time in Formula 1 history that downforce was ramped up through regulation, delivering a significant laptime gain and a much closer fight at the front of the grid.
    So, as the 2018 season looms, we take a look at the changes that the designers have had to overcome and the various solutions that cropped up during the season that are now either completely banned or placed under heavy scrutiny by the FIA.

    Perhaps the most surprising feature of 2017 was the 'T-wing', a solution that was initially passed off as insignificant but quickly became one of the seasons must-haves.

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    T-Wing rule
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    This all came about because the teams noticed a loophole that allowed the use of bodywork in a region ahead of the rear wing. This image illustrates where bodywork may or may not exist, with the excluded zones marked in red and the region where T-wing's could exist highlighted in yellow.

    It's understood that these winglets produced a small but efficient amount of downforce in their own right, but also served the secondary function of helping to tidy flow ahead of the rear wing too.

    Winter testing is fraught with challenges, especially when such a large regulation change takes place. And while the T-wings used by the teams behaved themselves to a large extent, it was noted that the T-wing mounted on the Haas had a tendency to wag the shark fin when loaded.

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    Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-17
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    It's a trait closely scrutinised by the FIA during FP1 in Australia, leading to a request for its removal for FP2, with the caveat that it could be reinstated if the team could strengthen the shark fin. It duly complied (see above), knowing the performance advantage the winglet could offer.

    The FIA subsequently introduced a deflection test for T-wings amid concerns of several high-profile failures, most notably when the structure failed on Valtteri Bottas' car in Bahrain and caused considerable damage to Max Verstappen's car.

    The FIA subsequently announced it would be testing the winglets, in order that they not flex more than 5mm when presented with a load of up to 100 Nm.

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    T-Wing table
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    The designs seemed fairly benign initially, but grew in their complexity quite rapidly, with numerous variations cropping up as the teams maximised the available space.

    As the season progressed, the more basic single element winglets were often replaced with multiple elements, featuring their own complexity and slots. Some of the teams, of which Williams was an early adopter, also saw fit to use winglets lower down, influencing the exhaust plume and underside of the rear wing.

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    Williams FW40 double planes
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    As we can see from the introduction of the T-wing, it isn't always about what is written in the regulations but rather what isn't, with these grey areas in between affording pockets of performance that might otherwise be left on the table.

    For example, the ability to use shark fins in F1 never really went away, but with the taller rear wing and subsequent loss of the connection to the rear wing, due to the banning of the F-duct in 2011, it fell out of favour.

    As such, the return to a lower rear wing structure in 2017 presented an opportunity for their return - and while they aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing, their reappearance provided an uplift in performance the teams couldn't ignore.

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    Sauber C36 new engine cover
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    The regulations have been amended in order that both shark fins and T-wings will not appear in 2018, with a more conventional engine cover, such as the one tested by Sauber back in Austin (above), expected to be used once more.

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    Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid Safety Proposal
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    The much-maligned safety device, which was proposed in 2015 and features a central spar supporting a hoop around the driver's head, will be raced for the first time in 2018.

    The device we have seen attached to the cars thus far has been a dummy, used mainly for sight testing, cockpit access tests and aero evaluation, with the actual device needing to be anchored to the chassis.

    Its installation has caused the teams headaches, as the specifications of the static load test came quite late in the day and requires it to fatigue and give way, rather than the chassis or its mounting points.

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    Mercedes F1 W08 Halo Crash Test
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    This has proved problematic for the designers, who are intent on keeping installation weight down, while still being able to pass the load tests shown above.

    With the minimum weight of the car having already surged up to 728kg in 2017, accommodating the wider tyres and bodywork and an increase in the size of the fuel tank, the designers have been given a further 6kg to play with in 2018.

    However, many of the designers have voiced their concerns about this given installation, including the weight of the halo, comes in around 14-15kg and means the teams will have less ballast to play with and will once again penalise heavier drivers.

    The Halo, which can be purchased from three suppliers based in the UK, Germany and Italy, will cost the teams at least €15,000 each, is made from titanium and can be shrouded with bodywork designed by the team.

    We've already seen teams running with a more aerodynamically neutral cover throughout 2016 and 2017, but the regulations allow the designers to influence the external airflow with their own fairings.

    This is something we've already started to see, as some novel solutions appeared at the post Abu Dhabi GP test.

    The most aggressive of these solutions came from McLaren when it ran a hooped three-element winglet atop the halo, as the team looked to mitigate some of the aerodynamic inefficiencies the structure may present, channeling the airflow into less disruptive places.

    Suspension trickery
    Having played a significant role in the 'out of the box' performance of some of the more advanced teams last year, another clarification regarding the suspension has been issued ahead of this season.

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    Ferrari SF70H Push pick up
    Photo by: Giorgio Piola

    It's understood that the technical directive issued to teams seeks to limit a change in the ride height of the car while being steered, a technique which when exploited can improve aero performance.

    While some changes to ride height are inevitable, it's suspected that some systems have been designed in order that the change is not incidental, improving the car's aerodynamic platform at a point when otherwise it would be compromised.

    From now on the teams will have to provide the FIA with relevant documentation that shows that the ride height changes by no more than 5mm when the steering wheel is moved from lock-to-lock.

    Of course, anyone that has already enjoyed success with such systems, or planned to, will have to find other ways to simulate the technique.

    Ferrari (above) and Red Bull (below) both spent time testing revised suspension layouts during 2017, both of which featured upright extensions that altered the pushrod's location (arrowed) and are thought to target scenarios where the ride height is adjusted when the car is being steered.

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    Red Bull RB13 push rod suspension
    Photo by: Giorgio Piola

     
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    Obviously, of all the changes, the halo is one I'm least excited about. But it's for safety so yeah ok.
     
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    Haha...I meant the Championship!
     
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    Already got our passes for the Aus GP!

    48 days to go!


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    For once I am rooting for a Manila Grand Prix in my lifetime...whomever survives the EDSA-C5 road circuit at night deserves to be crowned world champion...

    Would you believe there’s actually someone bent on doing this??
     
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    McLaren teases the 2018 car...



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    Black with orange circle - Car is damaged and must pit immediately.
     
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    Hahaha. Please please please be a papaya orange car.

    Having a ball with all these car launches. RBR's camo special testing livery is so far the best, but Ricciardo crashed it during its shakedown.
     
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    These recent launches are low key at best; should McLaren bring back this type of car launch?



    Man, I miss the 90s
     
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    Here are the 2018 editions of the F1 cars so far.

    That Renault has a bad-a$$ look!


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    The Haas VF-18. © Haas F1 Team

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    Williams FW41

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    Aston Martin Red Bull Racing TAG-Heuer RB14 Special Edition seen on February 18th, 2018 © David Clerihew/Red Bull Content Pool

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    Renault Sport F1 R.S.18 © Renault Sport F1 Team


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    Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ at Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ Launch and First Run, Silverstone, England, 22 February 2018. © Simon Galloway/Sutton Images

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    The Ferrari SF71H
     
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    Love the papaya color on the new McLaren-Renault!

    Papaya
    Kalabasa,
    Carrot
    Orange

    Let's hope it performs as anticipated!

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    The McLaren-Renault MCL33 © McLaren
     
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    So excited for my McLaren!!! A lot of hate I see for this livery but I personally love it.

    One thing though is that it highlights the lack of a major sponsor for the team. But according to Zak Brown, they have some lined up for the 2019 season and maybe probably end of this.

    About a month away till the Australian GP! Can’t wait!
     
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    Some more new car launches....


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    Scuderia Toro Rosso with the new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 at Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2018. © Sutton Images


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    Sergio Perez (MEX) Force India F1 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Force India F1 with the new Force India VJM11 at Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2018. © Sutton Images

    And the Red Bull in it's official racing livery...

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    Tatlumpung tulog na lang!!

    (translation: 30 sleeps to go!)
     
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    ^RBR rocking its matte livery as always. Force India will announce its new official name during the Australian GP.
     
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    Here now in Melbourne to catch the first GP of the 2018 season!

    Some first impressions:

    I must say, the halo on the cars is almost nondescript, especially for cars that have painted them black or a dark color, like Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault. They are hardly visible from afar. It is only quite visible for those cars who painted the halo white or light color. I'm not sure how it'll appear on TV when the camera zooms in for a closer shot, but if it's for driver safety, then it's ok.

    As anticipated, the Renault's yellow and black colorway is pretty attractive on the circuit. Bad A$$ pa rin!

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    Another head-turner IMHO is the Haas with it's red, white and black combo.

    And how about McLaren's papaya orange get-up? Pwede!
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    But it only looked fast on my camera (a 2008 Lumix LX3). If only it were fast at all on track...hohum...


    The McLaren merchandise look cool, though!
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    I got an Alonso #14 cap coz of the black and orange colorway.


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    Eyes on the merch, ok?
     
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    Great win by Vettel! It was close after the Safety Car, but Lewis couldn't push enough to catch him.
     
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    Aaaaand awesome start to McLaren-Renault! P5 and P9, we’ll take it. Loving the start to the 2018 season.

    Oh and check out Kimi’s race review on IG. Gold.
     
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