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    Now that the 2017 season is out the way, it’s time to start looking forward to 2018.


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    I’ll be glad to see the end of the shark fin, and sad to see halo. Looking forward to seeing more Renault progression as I’d like to see both Spanish drivers do well.
    I’ll be interested to see how Kubica does (if he does sign for Williams).
    Overall though I’m more interested in seeing the 2018 IndyCar season with that gorgeous new aero kit.
     
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    It’s 116 days until Australia 2018 (or so the cool down room graphic said), but we should have an idea of the new cars performance in Feb.

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    And a new logo for 2018

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    They're also included 360 cameras on the front of the car, hopefully they will do that Indy car camera spinny trick when people overtake
     
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    Not keen on the halo at all, would rather see that be forgotten and keep the shark fin than the other way round. Next season could be similar to this with regard to overtaking though, until they sort the aero rules to allow cars to get close to each other without wrecking tyres within a couple of laps it'll be a problem.
     
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    See Bernie is still cashing in as he owns Paul Ricard :)
    Got to agree, don't like the halo and not sure how safe it will actually be in wet conditions with rain streaming from it. Will be interesting to see if Mercedes can sort out the aero issues when following other cars as I've got a feeling they may need to overtake the red ones a little more often next year.
    Will the move to Renault bring a massive improvement to McLaren? They've been performing a lot better in the past few races, albeit well down on horsepower. I do hope so as I would like to see both McLaren and Williams back at the sharp end again. The danger for Williams is that they may not have the drivers next year. Stroll appears to be a well funded (very well funded billionaire Dad) journeyman driver and if they go the Kubica route for the other seat I fear it may not end well. Wish they would give Di Resta another chance.
    Hoping to see more of a three way scrap next year with Red Bull being consistently more competitive but, as already pointed out, if you can't overtake on a lot of the circuits then it's down to qualifying and the start.
     
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    They are experimenting with microphones in the engine compartment to increase the noise for tv viewers
    I would expect that wont be a success as it would drown out the babble from the "celebrity" commentators
     
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    Aston Martin will "probably" enter F1 in 2021.
     
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    Alfa Romeo are back next year.
     
  11. Dave1

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    More details

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    multi year manufacturer deals are all the rage at the minute, didn't help McLaren though

    it's a Ferrari engine though and marchionne will have double the opportunities to be disappointed now, it's nice for sauber but I can't see them rushing up the grid
     
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    2018 Ferrari power plant and I would presume direct Ferrari input on chassis now, I’d be surprised if they’re still as uncompetitive next year.
     
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    Remember back in the early 00's when Sauber were basically the Ferrari B Team? 2003/2004 I think? When they had Heidfeld and Raikkonen, there were pretty competitive, nice to see them still on the grid to be honest, I can't help but feel if it wasn't for the Sauber name that they wouldn't still be on the grid and would have folded like some of the newer "names".

    Secondly, looks like another good day at the test for Kubica, I don't see whats going to stop him being in the Williams next year now.
     
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    New sauber livery looks good, new driver line up too
     
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    So Ericsson stays in his seat even though the number of points he has scored has not troubled the Sauber bean counters.
     
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    So LeClerc and Ericsson. Interesting that Ferrari made the announcement.

    https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/133396/leclerc-and-ericsson-to-race-for-sauber-in-2018
     
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    Nice looking colour scheme.

     
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    So it’s a paid for seat, plain and simple.
     
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    Apart from one performance in the wet... even palmer could get the Williams further up the grid than stroll and that's saying something, to add another pay driver, Williams must just want to be a midfield team
     
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    There’s a piece on the BBC website about a call to get rid of the grid girls, That’ll take some unpicking .....
     
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    I wonder how much halo will affect drivers vision and react ion time.
    Could there be unintended consequences?
     
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    Reaction time not at all. Vision, perhaps - I haven't sat in an F1 car with or without the halo so don't know what the difference would be. My feeling is that it is placed in a way that will not block the view of the track or the cars on it.
     
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    Wonder if the "grid girls" have been consulted on this. Raises the question as to what constitutes their supposed exploitation.
     
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    Whats on tele


    Race Date Live on
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    Have you guys seen the renders of the gen2 formula e car? Looks great. Now all they need to do is make them fast.
     
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    For the Tim burton abb formula e series? In all seriousness though, looks cool and I might watch it now they don’t have to swap cars half way through
     
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    Just be confirmed that they have been binned.
     
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    It’s on the BBC site now.

     
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    I bet that the sponsors will still have them wandering around; just not in shot or branded "F1".
     
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    No point in watching the race now...
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    A comment (2506. Posted by scienceandreason) on the BBC comments page about Grid Girls made me chuckle.

    "I've always said that grid girls need to be replaced by disabled gay vegetarians with gender identity issues..... glad to see its moving in that direction."
     
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    There's a job opportunity for me...
     
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    Never confused... [/publandlord]
     
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    https://drivetribe.com/p/formula-1-...ZR2yTI6bQWOzrk8gDw?iid=A4I3KAAPTpypLEBEWyvLVQ
     
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    Grid girls to be replaced by grid kids and their family gets a paddock pass too
     
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    The grid kids have to be active in motorsport to be considered.

    https://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula...place-of-female-models_sto6513539/story.shtml
     
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    Grand Prix Driver on Prime is interesting viewing.
     
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    It was interesting knowing what we know now, about Eric thinking alonso was going to leave, the anger on the technicians faces every time Honda didn’t get it right, which was often. It was basically an advert for stoffel though
     

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