As we sit upon the beginning of a new Formula 1 season, big changes were made to different regulations, points, and aerodynamic designs to the cars. Not since 2014, when the Turbo/hybrid V6 engine regulations were added, did we have such a change to the landscape of Formula 1.
New aerodynamic models of the cars designed to allow the car behind to follow more closely, hopefully getting more wheel to wheel action
Larger tyres, moving from 13 inches to 18 inches and adding a wheel cover (McLaren got it right there)
Front and rear wing designs were rethought to get better racing and sending the energy of a crash, more away from the driver; keeping them safer
Still the 1.6 liter Turbo power hybrid unit in the cars but the fuel was designed to decrease the carbon foot print of the sport. The constructors are now using E10 fuel.
To assist the race director at the Grand Prix; a virtual race control faculty is going to be set up. You can think of this like instant replay of in other sports, this will help the race director with decision making during the Grand Prix.
No direct conversation between the race director and teams, to try and avoid any thoughts of pressuring their decisions.
2 different race directors (Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas) will switch off with 1 permanent senior advisor (Herbie Blash) for assistance
Unlapping procedures behind a safety car is going to be sped up, that way we can get back to racing.
Point systems were redone in the case of the Grand Prix not going to the end or even starting
Q2 tyre rule is gone, opening up more chance for different strategies during the race.
Are you excited to see how these new rules work for your favorite team/driver or are you just ready to get the engines firing and wheels spinning?