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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Friday, 16 March 2018 12:35

The 2018 season features an expanded 19-race schedule with the inclusion of the Thailand later in the year. The first race taking place this weekend in Qatar is programmed a week earlier than usual and the season will also conclude a week later to allow space for the new race in Buriram.



Photo: Honda Racing Corporation


Other changes from 2017 include Catalunya being scheduled a week later, which in turn pushes out the Dutch round in Assen. The following weekend in Germany will take place a fortnight later rather than after a single week. The Thailand Grand Prix slots in October before the Australasian triple hearder. The Hermann Tilke-designed circuit was used for the second winter test and has and has hosted the World Superbike Championship since 2015.

 
Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Sunday, 04 March 2018 14:39

The F1 season features 21 race weekends in 2018, thanks to the return of the German grand prix, held every two years in Hockenheim. This year also sees the reintroduction of the French Grand Prix after a ten-year hiatus. The event will now take place in Le Castellet near Marseilles, which last hosted the race in 1990, rather than Magny-Cours where the last edition was won by the then title contender, Felipe Massa.



Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team


Due to a national holiday in China, the grand prix is swapping place with Bahrain to boost ticket sales for the Shanghai event. Having its place taken by the revived French grand prix, Azerbaijan moves to the spot formerly occupied by Russia, which is now scheduled in place of the defunct Malaysian grand prix following the Singapore night race.

 
Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Sunday, 25 February 2018 11:10

It is usually with a lot of excitement that F1 fans welcome the first test but this year seems unusual for several reasons. Whilst the regulations itself remain broadly since the start of the 2014 season in terms of aerodynamics and powertrain, a lot of visible changes are taking place for 2018.



Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team


The most noticeable addition to the cars this year is the mandatory halo introduced for safety purposes. The general feedback on F1 sites and social media has been largely negative. Let's hope someone within the FIA will come up with a more aesthetically pleasing solution such as the windscreen tried by Indycar. Fully closed cockpits may also be an alternative. But if the on-track action is exciting enough, it's likely our attention will focus on the racing.

Regular visitors to this site will be most concerned with the new start times of European grands prix and the impact these will have on travel arrangements. These races will now start at 3:10 pm local time, which is 70 minutes later than previously. Notable exceptions are the French GP, delayed to 4:10 pm to accommodate a football world cup game between England and Panama. The Silverstone race start will be at 2:10 pm as it was previously scheduled at 1 pm due to the different time zone.

 
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