Yes, it’s back, the new Formula One season is right around the corner, and it’s so close you can almost smell the burning tyres and hear the roaring engines.
Formula One fans from across the world are eagerly awaiting the return of the action-packed motor sport to our screens, with all eyes on Melbourne for the first practice race on Friday 24 March 2017. However, the new season is returning with a few alterations so we have decided to fill you in on everything you need to know in time for the season start.
Mercedes (Germany) – Lewis Hamilton/Valtteri Bottas
Red Bull Racing (Austria) – Daniel Ricciardo/Max Verstappen
Ferrari (Italy) – Sebastian Vettel/Kimi Raikkonen
Force India (India) – Sergio Perez/Esteban Ocon
Williams (United Kingdom) – Felipe Massa/Lance Stroll
McLaren (United Kingdom) – Fernando Alonso/Stoffel Vandoorne
Toro Rosso (Italy) – Daniil Kvyat/Carlos Sainz
Haas F1 Team (United States) – Romain Grosjean/Kevin Magnussen
Renault (France) – Nico Hulkenberg/Jolyon Palmer
Sauber (Switzerland) – Marcus Ericsson/Pascal Wehrlein
25-26 March – 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
07-09 April – 2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix
14-16 April – 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
28-30 April – 2017 Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix
12-14 May – Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana Pirelli 2017
25-28 May – Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2017
09-11 June – Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2017
23-25 June – 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
07-09 July – Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Osterreich 2017
14-16 July – 2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix
28-30 July – Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij 2017
25-27 August – 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand prix
01-03 September – Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken D’Italia 2017
15-17 September – 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
29 Sept – 01 Oct – 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix
06-08 October – 2017 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
20-22 October – 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
27-29 October – Formula 1 Gran Premio De Mexico 2017
10-12 November – Formula 1 Grande Premio Do Brasil 2017
24-26 November – 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The 2017 season of F1 has witnessed one of the largest shake-ups since changes to 2014 regulations, with the focus being on bodywork and tyres. With both components becoming wider this season, downforce and grip will be improved, increasing their speed with an expected reduction in lap time of approximately three to five seconds.
The tyres this season will be about 25% wider than those in 2016, as the rear with increases from 235mm to 405mm, and the front width rising from 245mm to 305mm. The wheel rim size will remain the same (13 inches), however the tyre’s diameter will be slightly increased.
The front wing span has also increased, going from 1650mm to 1800 mm in 2017. This contributes to the overall width of the car increasing in size from 1800mm to 2000mm.
Rear wing and rear diffuser
For the new season, the rear wing height has been made smaller, now to a maximum of 800mm instead of 950mm. However, the diffuser has increased in power due to a greater height of 175mm as opposed to 125mm, and a width of 1050mm, up from 1000mm.
Another increase in size comes from the bodywork, which is now wider with a maximum width of 1600mm instead of 1400mm.
The weight of the finely tuned F1 cars have now been increased from 702kg to 722kg (plus tyres).
Changes to the power units
In order to prevent drivers from stockpiling spare power unit elements during the race, there has been a change in the rules. This season, if a driver decides to introduce more than one of a power unit element that is subject to a grid penalty, then only the element which was fitted last can be used at following events without penalty.
Furthermore, adjustments have been made in order to reduce the power unit costs, meaning that the supply for customer teams is guaranteed and the performance gap between engines is minimised:
Wet-weather standing starts
Unlike in previous seasons, if a safety car is required for the beginning of a race due to wet weather, then a normal standing start will occur after the track is deemed safe to race on. This will ensure that the safety car returns to the pit lane and the racing cars can assemble on the grid, ready to start.
To allow easy recognition of drivers whilst they race, all drivers must continue to use the same helmet design throughout their races. However, drivers can use a special livery at an event of their choice.
If all the above is a little hard to digest, watch this short video clip for a visual tour of what to expect from the 2017 changes:
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