Drivers named, new cars unveiled and specs confirmed – the 2018 Formula One season is nearly here.
The three Oxfordshire teams – Williams, Renault and Haas – were among the first to launch their cars for the coming season.
Regulations introduced for the 2018 season mean all the cars are equipped with a halo cockpit safety device and have had the sharkfin engine cover and T-wing removed.
Haas was first out of the gate when it revealed its VF-18 challenger last Wednesday.
The Banbury outfit, who finished eighth last season for the second year running, hope the new racer will enable them to “close the gap to the top teams”.
Boss Gunther Steiner said the car was an “evolution” of last year’s model.
Williams was next to follow with their FW41 at a reveal event in London on Thursday.
The Grove-based team, who will be led by two young drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, will be looking to better their fifth-placed finish in 2017.
Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe promised a raft of changes underneath and that, externally, “significant progress” has been made in aero performance.
Renault joined the party when they revealed their RS18 car on Tuesday.
It is the Enstone side’s third chassis since returning to the sport as a factory team. After working on the suspension and downforce, “progression and refinement” on last year’s car is expected.
Red Bull and Sauber are the other two teams to unveil their cars so far.
Mercedes and Ferrari are expected to reveal their cars today (Thursday).
McLaren are expected to pull the cloth back tomorrow with Toro Rosso set to reveal its livery on Monday. Force India’s date is unconfirmed.
The new season starts on March 25 in Melbourne, Australia.