Formula 1 Regulations For 2018
With things now full-speed ahead and with teams getting ready for the 2018 car launches and pre-season testing, let’s take a look at everything you need to know in regards to the Formula 1 Regulations for the 2018 season.
More Tyre Compounds – Formula 1 Regulations For 2018
Just like we had in 2017, the official Formula 1 supplier, Pirelli, will continue to make three dry-weather compounds which will be available for the teams at each Grand Prix however, for 2018 we’re welcoming two new tyre additions which are listed below.
Tyre Compounds – Formula 1 2018 Tyre Range
- Medium (White)
- Soft (Yellow)
- Supersoft (Red)
- Ultrasoft (Purple)
- Hard (Blue)
Formula 1 2018 New Tyre Additions
- Hypersoft (Pink)
- Superhard (Orange)
In total, there will be 7 tyre ranges to choose from compared to the 5 tyre choices which we had last year. Initial reports which has been gathered from data s suggesting that with the developments in the tyres, the cars could go a second per lap faster than last year.
Three Engines Per Season – Formula 1 Regulations For 2018
Three engines for the 2018 season – is this actually doable or is this a step too far?
If you look back to last year, you’ll remember that many drivers (and teams) weren’t happy with the four engines they did have due to the unreliability and even though we’re yet to see the impact – it looks like those who manage their development correctly over the break will be the ones to see the rewards in the long-run.
This new regulation is being done in an attempt to make the power units more reliable however, there’s a fine line when it comes to Formula 1.
If a team chooses to play the game safe, to look after their engine (especially at the beginning of the season) they’ll essentially lose race pace, on the other hand if a team is too aggressive – there’s a risk of failures and penalties so teams will really have to work hard with their engines this year.
Grid Penalties – Formula 1 Regulations For 2018
Grid penalties have also seen a change for the 2018 season – much to the delight of fans (and the FIA) in an attempt to make things “simpler”.
Any driver who receives a grid penalty of 15 places or more will have to start at the back of the grid. If there’s more than one driver who receives a penalty, they will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order that changes were made.
There we have the changes being made to the sporting side of things for the Formula 1 2018 season – we have lots coming soon so make sure you keep checking back for all the latest!