The FIA World Motor Sport Council has announced a raft of changes set to hit Formula 1 in 2018 from the ability to change the event timetable to a reshaping of the engine grid penalty rules.

Along with the final confirmation of the 2018 F1 World Championship calendar, a number of tweaks to the sporting and technical regulations has been produced during the final meeting this year of the governing body held in Paris.

Headline changes include giving permission for tweaks to the F1 race weekend timetable to “increase flexibility” which could signal a shake-up of when sessions are run with new owners Liberty Media looking to step up track action for fans.

No initial timetable changes have been confirmed but it is likely to be adjusted on a race-by-race basis given the different schedules already used due to night races and flyaway races to suit European TV times.

Following the success of F1 LIVE in London’s Trafalgar Square as build up to the British Grand Prix, demonstration events in old F1 cars have been granted outside of testing rules but limited to 50km in length and only with tyres especially made for each demonstration.

Engine grid drop penalties have also been adjusted with any driver exceeding 15 grid places in a penalty will start from the back of the grid. If more than one driver exceeds the 15 grid places the back of the grid will be sorted by which order the offences were committed.

Technical regulation changes have confirmed the banning of oil burning as fuel with a “detailed specification for oil” release by the FIA for 2018.

2018 F1 race calendar:

25 March Australia Melbourne

08 April Bahrain Bahrain

15 April China Shanghai

29 April Azerbaijan Baku

13 May Spain Barcelona

27 May Monaco Monte Carlo

10 June Canada Montreal

24 June France Le Castellet

01 July Austria Spielberg

08 July United Kingdom Silverstone

22 July Germany Hockenheim

29 July Hungary Budapest

26 August Belgium Spa-Francorchamps

02 September Italy Monza

16 September Singapore Singapore

30 September Russia Sochi

07 October Japan Suzuka

21 October USA Austin*

28 October Mexico Mexico City

11 November Brazil Sao Paolo

25 November United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

*Subject to ASN approval


Full list on changes to the 2018 Formula 1 sporting and technical regulations produced by the FIA:

- Regulations relating to procedures for starting or resuming a race behind the safety car

- Changing the event timetable to increase flexibility

- Ensuring that testing of previous cars may only take place on tracks currently holding an FIA Grade 1 or 1T licence

- Provision for demonstration events in previous cars which does not constitute testing. No such demonstrations may exceed 50km in length and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier may be used

- Changes to ensure that oil cannot be used as fuel

- Introduction of a detailed specification for oil

- A minimum weight and volume for energy storage (batteries)

- Changes to position of cameras and wing mirrors to accommodate the Halo

- A change to the power unit penalty system was also approved, whereby if a driver incurs a penalty exceeding 15 grid places he will be required to start the race from the back of the starting grid. If more than one driver receives such a penalty they will be arranged at the back of the grid in the order in which the offences were committed.

- The World Council was presented with the report on the security incidents that occurred at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix which was requested from the Commercial Rights Holder (CRH) by the FIA. Following the report, the CRH recommended that the promoter, who is responsible for the security of the event, retains an independent security expert to evaluate and advise on security plans, implements a police reporting hub at the circuit and improves overall communication between the promoter security, police and F1 stakeholders. The World Council strongly urged the promoter to implement these recommendations and improve the situation ahead of next year’s event. The FIA will offer to participate in discussions with the local authorities and closely monitor the situation. 


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that is an interesting new rule about storage batteries.  it seems to imply that there were some issues with teams regarding these in 2017.  mclaren honda did have problem with elwctrical power, so were they using smaller and lighter batteries?

The best thing they could have done was dump any circuit that didn't have at least 2 clear overtaking opportunities, at least one of those not being under DRS and not including 'wet' races. The most boring aspect of F1 these days is the lack of overtaking, where we just watch the sons of millionaires (or in some cases billionaires), riding around in their expensive cars.

i mentioned this before.....when tilke was asked about lack of overtaking, he stated what is obvious....if the fastest car is set off first, then everybody is playing catch-up and no overtaking results.  so mixing up the grid would be a more sensible option.

maybe have a "pole" shoot out wit a point or two .  then for the actual race, reverse the top 10 places on the grid.  mind you, the slowest car will still be at the back, so maybe a draw for grid position?  it works in other forms of racing.

So, if Herr Tilke is to be believed, there has never been overtaking in F1. I mean, the fastest qualifying car has always started from the front so the idea of an age when there was lots of overtaking is mere fantasy, according to Tilke.

BTCC has a reverse grid for race 2 and a draw for race 3 but whether this actually works is a bit moot as the first race grid is on qualifying which should result in no overtaking, except it never is. And the second and third races should be packed with more overtakes, which isn't usually the case. The overtakes in all the races are due mainly to the cars being constantly 'equalised' by boost pressure. The more equal the cars are, the better the racing. But F1 doesn't want to have any kind of equalisation, so something else has to be blamed.

What we are seeing is a technical shift to a spec series with ten teams creating the same car. Now that is a wonderful use of resources, what? No wonder manufacturers are flocking to Formula E.