As changes are being announced for the 2018 season, I wanted to start a new thread for this season as the conversation continues in the 2017 thread.
The race season will start on March 23rd, 2018 with FP1 and FP2 in Melbourne. This year's season has been set for 21 races.
Pre-season testing will start February 26th in Barcelona and run until March 9th. Further testing will occur in Barcelona after the Spanish GP on May 15-16 and after the Hungarian GP from July 31-August 1.
Car launches are schedule by the various teams to be in mid-February. However, several teams are leaking new liveries.
Lance Stroll will continue to be the lone Canadian driver this season in F1.
Bell Media will have the rights for F1 this season in Canada for both French and English broadcast rights. TSN will carry the English feed from UK's SKY F1, while RDS will produce their own feed in French. TSN will also carry the pre and post shows following qualifying and the race as scheduling allows. The assumption is FP2 will continue to be broadcast on TSN, along with RDS for the Canadian GP.
TSN GO carried the coverage from the TSN channels live last year, and had the Qualifying and Race sessions available approximately 3 hours after the late season races. Some of the early season races were not available on TSN GO. The new F1 streaming service (TBD
) may change what TSN GO will carry this season.
ABC will also broadcast some races that will be available in Canada, with Monaco and the U.S. GP confirmed. ESPN will take over the rights in the U.S.
BBC Radio 5 will also have radio discussions available pre and post race weekend available to download in MP3 format legally at:
BBC Radio 5 live - Chequered Flag Formula 1 - Downloads
SKY F1 last year had some coverage available on their website - it was hit and miss and assume the same again. Sky will cover the race in 4K, but we won't be seeing that format.
The various car changes, rule changes, driver changes, etc. have been discussed in the 2017 thread and as they come confirmed, we can discuss and analyze.
F1 will also have a new logo this season, replacing the logo used since the mid 1980's.
Looking forward to this season!