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Official 2018 F1 Discussion Thread

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!
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Started this thread as today, Disney, owners of ABC/ESPN in the U.S. has bought portions of the FOX/SKY empire.

Not sure what this will mean for F1, but may mean close ties between ESPN and SKY for the races this season. Also, with Chase Carey's connections to Disney, it may lead to larger involvement of Disney's products/partners that started this season with the Pixar "Cars" garage at some races in pitlane.
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Looks like Williams won't be announcing Massa's replacement till the new year.
Formula 1: Williams to wait until new year to announce driver line up - BBC Sport
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Watched the movie Williams on Netflix last night. More about the personal lives than racing, but still interesting.
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@buckycat - watched Williams as well - very good documentary. Thought that the relationship between Frank and his wife was really strange - and surprised that he had that many "indiscretions"...I also enjoyed how he "sold" people their old racing cars as "new" in the 1970's.

I felt bad that Frank's son/Claire's brother is relegated to a corner of the building sorting out vintage nuts/bolts/parts while she runs the team.
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Force India sign Nicholas Latifi as 2018 F1 test and reserve driver | F1 News

Another Canadian Driver (Toronto based) will be on the circuit this year - Nicholas Latifi - as Reserve Driver for the team currently known as Force India.

I thought that the Stroll family was going to get him over at Williams with DiResta looking at Formula E this year, but Force India beat them to it.

I doubt he will get a shot at a race this year - but if Perez/Ocon keep crashing into each other, maybe the team will penalize one of them this season.
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https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/h...s-in-2017.html

Found the last line of the article interesting...

*Top 20 markets, in alphabetical order: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.

I'm just surprised that Canada is one of the top 20 markets, and countries, such as Japan, Mexico, Netherlands are not in the top 20. Also surprised by Denmark, Greece, Poland, and Romania with no F1 presence and small populations being in the top 20.

Wish they had some numbers (viewers) per each country - would be interesting. I know that Canada typically hovers around 200,000 to 300,000 per live race.
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It wouldn't surprise me if Williams finished 10th or lower in the Constructor's Championship this year. Hopefully $$$ buys team morale...
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Me too. They can likely beat Toro Rosso unless Honda's really upped their game in the off season, but looks tough after that.
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All F1 races to start at 10 minutes past the hour this season.....
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They are starting 70 minutes later then usual for some races, and I guess the World Cup soccer game between England and Panama is messing with the French GP:

F1 in 2018: Race start times pushed back for new Formula 1 season | F1 News

Not going to have as much of a PVR buffer this season when I get up Sunday morning...
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A couple races are starting later to take better advantage of the worldwide audience.

All races will now start ten minutes after the hour to allow the TV broadcasts to do a pre-race from the top of the hour when the broadcast begins.
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They will fill that extra 10 minutes with another 50 Martin Brundle/David Coulthard clones running around the grid hijacking anyone for a soundbite.
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/f...c-sky-1004720/

Sky Sports' UK Coverage of F1 will be re-broadcast in the U.S. on ESPN/ABC this season.

We'll see how bad the commercial breaks are compared to TSN this season...
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