With a new year comes changes. As the 2017 season is completed in Abu Dhabi, a new season is coming soon with many surprises and editions to the sport.
One of the new additions is the “hypersoft” and “superhard” tires. With these new compounds, the cars will have more options on both sides of the spectrum. The hypersofts will have a pretty short lifespan compared to other tires, but will also be faster. The superhard compound will last the longest out of all the tires.
Probably the most noticeable difference to the sport in 2018 is going to be the requirement to have a “halo” over the cockpit of the car. This is an addition to the body of the car. It goes over the cockpit and is wishbone shaped. This was designed to help protect the driver if in the very rare case of a rollover, the driver is more protected. This also helps protect them if, say a tire flew off and hit them on the head.
There are differing opinions about this. Some say it is a visibility issue for the drivers. Some drivers like Max Verstappen agree that the device is “useless”. Romain Grosjean claimed to make him “sick” and “hated it”. Lewis Hamilton says it is the worst mod in F1 history ever. Other drivers agree that it is much-needed for the safety of the sport. Among the is Sebastian Vettel who says that it is “Greatly Welcome” after last year he rolled over and it took a long time to get him out.
What do you think about this?