Formula 1 Teams preparing for Official test and the unveiling of new Challengers

  Formula One Teams are prepping up for the first official test and the unveiling of their 2018 challengers. Williams F1 Team have confirmed launching their 2018 F1 car on 15 February, while Toro Rosso gave fans a teaser on its Twitter page about its new STR13, which is due for unveiling on 26 February. The STR13 is the first Honda-powered car for the team, following the switch from Renault engines, used in previous seasons.

Toro Rosso’s driver line-up for the new season is Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly, who’d replace Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat. The team was ranked seventh in the Constructors’ standings with 53 points, only four points adrift of sixth placed Renault factory squad.

Other teams confirming the unveiling of their 2018 challengers are Sauber with the new Alfa Romeo tie-up on 20 February. Renault also on 20 February, F1 Champions Mercedes on 22 February, Ferrari on 22 February and McLaren on 23 February. Force India, Haas and Red Bull have yet to firm up dates.

Main changes to Formula 1 starting times

According to Formula 1’s official page, Formula 1, together with the FIA, has revealed the starting times for the 21 Grands Prix of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. There are two main changes to 2017’s structure. The first is that on Sunday the race will start at ten minutes past the hour. Some broadcasters usually go on air precisely on the hour, hence missing the tension and emotion that characterize the minutes before the start of each Grand Prix. Thanks to this change, television viewers will be brought closer to the teams and the drivers and fully enjoy the spectacle offered just before the red lights go out.

The second change is to the European and Brazilian race weekends. Research has indicated that a wider TV audience is reachable later in the afternoons, especially in the summer months. Consequently, it has been decided to move the schedule of every session back by one hour across the whole weekend for each of the above-mentioned Grands Prix.

Other minor adjustments have been made in order to avoid clashes with other major sports events like the FIFA World Cup, to allow for differing sunset times, and to attract a wider attendance to promoters’ events.