Gains In Spain and 2017 F1 Season Update

Daniel Ricciardo Spainish Grand Prix 2017

With the British Grand Prix approaching as quick as Lewis Hamilton on a hot lap we’ve had a look back at the 2017 season to see what could be in store at Silverstone.

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New Season, New Management

2017 marks the first season of F1 under the new management of Liberty Media Corporation after the old chief Bernie Ecclestone was ousted from his position in order for the new owners to make F1 more widespread and readily available to fans on all media platforms.

With the new management, of course, came a change in the rules – a whole host of changes, in fact. The cars and their tyres were made wider, the tyres by a whopping 25 percent. Aerodynamics were adjusted, weight limits increased and interestingly, power units limited in some ways, in order to close the gap in engine performance and make the sport more exciting and competitive for all the teams.


New Season, New Teams

New tyre sizes for 2017Red Bull car with new tyre sizes for 2017

Some drivers switched teams for the season as well; Valtteri Bottas was signed by Mercedes in a surprise move following world champion Nico Rosberg’s retirement, and the evergreen Felipe Massa returned as a Williams driver to replace him.

Bottas has so far defied all expectations and refused to yield to his illustrious teammate Lewis Hamilton, racing fairly and taking his own win – his first ever – in Russia at the start of the season, holding back a charging Sebastian Vettel.

Since the season began, Ferrari have been resurgent, proving that their winter testing promise has translated into real pace and reliability. Star driver and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has led the rally at his imperial best, with a re-energised Kimi Raikkonen at his side. Ferrari are fully on the pace of the previously totally dominant Mercedes this season, and it will be exciting watching how the constructors’ championship develops.

With Ferrari and Mercedes undoubtedly tipped to be the front-runners for the rest of the year, they will both have their eyes on the emerging mid-field teams which may look to challenge them next season. In particular, the Red Bull pair stand out; Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have a lot of talent and great determination, only currently being let down by the lack of power from their Renault engines.

New tyre sizes for 2017Will Red Bull’s Max Verstappen challenge Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix?

In time, and when more of the regulations on power units come into effect, it will be interesting to see how this pair of young drivers develop and whether they could realistically begin to challenge for the title looking forward to next season and beyond.

Fernando Alonso is still an exceptionally talented driver; however, McLaren have been exceedingly disappointing so far this season and he has had to wrestle with an impossible car. The same goes for Williams, who despite having Massa, have been unable to convert anything from their hopelessly underpowered engines. Hopefully, these teams will manage to work out their issues, as their drivers have plenty of potential.


Less Pain in Spain For Lewis Hamilton

In Barcelona this weekend, Hamilton came up trumps. After a disastrous race for Raikkonen, who retired early after a collision, and Bottas who was forced to stop after his engine failed, Vettel and Hamilton were duking it out for the top spot. Hamilton managed to force his way past Vettel in a daring overtake after the German got a great lead at the first corner, reminding us why F1 is such an exciting sport.

With Mercedes and Ferrari sharing wins in the first five GPs of the year, of the four top drivers, it’s Vettel who has come out ahead in the drivers’ championship so far. However, plenty could still change as we head into the mid season, with the tenacious Hamilton only a few steps behind him.

Silverstone is just over the horizon so Hamilton will be looking for his home crowd to bolster him as he tries to take back those crucial few points. The two star drivers are a small way ahead of Bottas and Raikkonen at the moment, having had a virtual shut out of the podium every race, but it could be only a matter of time; the competition for the title is sure to be an exciting one again in 2017.


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