Many alterations will occur in the upcoming season of Formula 1. With necessary modifications and changes in engine usage, it will be difficult to determine how exactly this will affect the drivers. As Mercedes has won the previous 4 championships, they have proven they are capable of adapting to these changes as the FIA brings them about. Ferrari and Red Bull will have to do even better if they have any hope at dethroning Mercedes in 2018.
One of the biggest changes will be the addition of a “halo” around the driver on the car. This comes after long conversations that the driver is too exposed during racing. The halo serves as a protective barrier, but is intended not to diminish the drivers vision. While fans have not seen the final model yet, teams have been sent the design and were tasked with incorporating the new design or else they will not be able to race. The news came late in the 2017 season that the halo’s would be mandatory and has not allowed many teams enough time to prepare for them.
Another major change will be that teams are now allowed only three power units throughout the season, whereas last year they had four. Teams will be penalized if they are forced to use more than three which could be detrimental towards the end of the season if teams are close in contention. This new policy is made even more difficult as 2017 had 20 Grand Prix while 2018 will have 21 total races.
We will see how the teams handle these changes as the new season approaches in just a few short months.