HomeRegistrationsAustralian GP Marks the First Race in the F1 2018 Calendar Jayne Henry March 20, 2018 Registrations It’s set to be an exciting start to the 2018 Formula One season with the Australian Grand Prix on March 25th. The Australian Grand Prix actually started way back in 1928, but didn’t become part of the Formula One World Championship until 1985. The race was held at the Adelaide Street Circuit for ten years, then moved to the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit from 1996 where it has been held ever since. What’s new in Formula One in 2018? 2018 sees the introduction of a brand new safety feature as part of the revision of the technical regulations. This feature is a new cockpit protection device and has been dubbed the ‘halo’. It’s thought that the halo will be present in all open-wheel racing by the year 2020. In 2018 we’ll also see shark fin engine covers and T-wings banned from the Grand Prix. Also, any suspension systems that alter the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle over a lap will be disallowed. There will be a wider range of dry tyre compounds available, seven in total, that’s 2 more than previously and grid penalties for power unit changes will also be simplified. In addition, the drivers will only be allowed three power units for the season. So that’s one less than was previous allowed. 2018 Driver Line Up Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel & Kimi Raikkonen Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen Force India – Sergio Perez & Esteban Ocon Williams – Lance Stroll & Sergey Sirotkin Renault – Nico Hulkenberg & Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso – Pierre Gasly & Brendon Hartley Haas – Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen McLaren – Fernando Alonso & Stoffel Vandoorne Sauber – Marcus Ericsson & Charles Leclerc Watching the Formula One Grand Prix The only place to watch all the races, including practices and qualifying is on Sky Sports dedicated F1 channel, so make sure you’re subscribed. Love the Australian Grand Prix, or just love Australia? Or perhaps you are Australian yourself and have a great love for your homeland? If so, how about an AUS personalised registration plate for your car, van or motorbike? There’s certainly plenty to choose from with prices starting at just £199! How about F19 AUS, N4 AUS, N24 AUD or G12 AUS? Want to see more choices? No problem, just type AUS into the search box on our website and you’ll instantly get the full list of AUS plates we have available.