Wonders Never Cease: 2018 F1 Cars Almost Sound Good!

One of the most controversial seasons of Formula One in recent memory is almost upon us, as the 2018 world championship kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on March 25 at Melbourne.

The thing capturing everyone’s attention is, of course, the controversial halo cockpit protection. If you can somehow look past this new safety feature, though, there are a host of aerodynamic modifications which make this year’s cars look better than the 2017 entrants.

As it turns out, the cars also sound better. During the first round of pre-season testing in Spain, all of the teams hit the track, revealing that some serious efforts have been made to ensure the 1.6-liter V6 turbo engines produce a far more pleasant soundtrack than before.

Ever since the introduction of the hybrid engines in 2014, fans around the world have complained about how they sound, particularly when compared to the V8s, V10s and V12s of the past. With the changes adopted for 2018, things seem to be on the right track.

The first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona saw Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo top the time sheets. Additionally, the Australian was the only driver to complete more than 100 laps. Mercedes‘ Valtteri Bottas claimed the second quickest time, while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen came home in third.

Elsewhere down the paddock, there were positive signs for both McLaren and Toro Rosso. The two swapped engine partners for this season and, during the tests, Fernando Alonso secured the fifth fastest time, while Toro Rosso’s Brendan Hartley was eighth fastest, slightly behind reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.

  • Owen Hamilton

    Having a wheel fall off on day one and then the exhaust falling off on day two doesn’t really strike me as positive signs for McLaren to be honest.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Honda Rosso’s doing well so far though…

      • DMax

        Hah, how ironic it would be if Honda finally nailed their engine and Toro Rosso shows solid results this year.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Is it bad that I’m actively pushing for this?

    • Zed68

      Cars breaking down or even exploding during the race might make F1 worth watching… maybe…

  • Christian
  • Daniel

    Stop saying the halo ruins the looks. Its just clickbait. I think it looks cool

    • Ermal Morina

      You gotta be out of your mind.
      Not trying to sound rude,but honestly man,that thing looks awful.I know it’s good for the driver’s safety,but saying that it looks good it’s just laughable

  • Shahul Usman

    yea, doesnt sound bad.. not NA v8/10/12 good, but not bad

  • Ermal Morina

    It definitely sounds that much better than last year’s car.Exciting season ahead,can’t wait really

  • LWOAP

    Yeah, it sounds a lot better compared to the last few times I heard them.

  • Teddy Wijaya

    still sounds like a boring cesnna…..

  • sidewaysspin

    The halo makes them look like a fast moving sandal.

  • SteersUright

    Sound cooler, but still too much like a dentist’s drill combined with a chainsaw.

  • Fabián Montiel

    Well, at least the engines are louder, it’s something.

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