With pre-season testing set to begin later this month, F1 teams will roll out their 2018 cars over the next week or so. The technical regulations for this season haven't changed much since last year, but now, each team is required to fit a "halo" cockpit protection device. The halo changes the look of the cars, of course, but it also adds weight and necessitates some aero modifications.
We'll update this post as each car is launched, so check back here for more.
UK-based Williams is the second team to reveal its F1 car for 2018. The car, called the FW41, will use Mercedes-AMG power and retain the fantastic Martini livery used in previous seasons.
The biggest visual update is the addition of the halo bar, a mandated safety piece required on all 2018 F1 cars. Williams' bar has been painted white to blend with the rest of the car's scheme. Drivers for Williams this year include Canadian Lance Stroll and rookie Sergey Sirotkin of Russia, who replaces a now-retired Felipe Massa. Robert Kubica will be the team's reserve driver.
America's Haas F1 was the first to reveal a 2018 F1 car when it showed off the Ferrari-powered VF-18 on February 14. In a statement, team principal Gunther Steiner noted that this car is really an evolution of Haas' 2017 car.
"The biggest part of the car’s evolution was the addition of the halo," Steiner said. "It took quite a bit of study by the aerodynamicists, but the designers had to work hard to modify the chassis so the halo could survive the mandated loads.
"Our 2017 car was actually pretty good, but we didn’t always get the best out of it, and that’s what we aimed to change in 2018."