Formula One 2017 Guide
The new F1 season is underway. After last season’s drama and Rosberg’s dramatic retirement announcement, the stage is set for an intriguing season. The first in a long time out of Bernie Ecclestone’s control, new rules and new faces mean it could be a closer run competition. Or will it be a procession for Mercedes once again?
The favourites for the competition, it will take something to beat the German champions. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to get back on top, but newcomer Valtteri Bottas will want to replace Rosberg as the big competitor for number one.
Having had their time dominating the sport, Red Bull are looking to reclaim their place at the top of the standings. There’s no denying the talent of their drivers – in Ricciardo and Verstappen they have two of the most exciting racers in the sport. But can their car compete?
Showing signs of resurgence last season, Ferrari have long been seen as the sleeping giant waiting to reclaim their dominance of the sport. Vettel has the skill and experience needed to be a champion once again, and Raikkonen is one of the bigger characters in F1. Again, it all depends on the car.
Having finished fourth last season, Force India will hope to defy expectations once again and compete near the top. Sebastian Perez has never pushed on from the early potential he displayed; whereas Esteban Ocon will hope to leave his experiences at the defunct Manor team behind him.
A long way from their heyday in the nineties, Williams will be hoping for better reliability and performance this year. Felipe Massa has postponed his retirement a year, so he must have some confidence in the team. 18-year old Canadian Lance Stroll will hope to emulate Verstappen’s success.
Hoping to put technical failures and poor engines behind them, McLaren still look a long way off their best. Fernando Alonso is a great driver no matter what car he is in, but he can’t do it alone. Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will hope to impress.
Switching to Renault from the Ferrari engine last year, Toro Rosso will be hoping for a strong mid table finish. Daniil Kvyat has coped well with his dramatic demotion last year, and Carlos Sainz Jr has performed strongly despite being overshadowed by younger talents.
After a good debut season, Haas will be looking to build on their early success. Romain Grosjean is a talented driver who has learnt to control his more aggressive racing tendencies. Kevin Magnussen needs to start showing he is more than just a pay-to-play driver.
Making their return to the track, they have more resource and finances than before to help fund their push back to the big time. Nico Hulkenberg is a capable driver, and British driver Jolyon Palmer put in a strong finish last year.
Having secured proper financial backing, Sauber can look at pushing on and establishing themselves as a mid-table presence. Marcus Ericsson has shown flashes of skill, and Pascal Wehrlein will hope that he can secure some points now he is no longer stuck in a Manor.
published: 11/04/2017 09:42:56