It’s the start of a new year and in F1 factories across the world preparations are well underway for the coming season – a season that will bring with it the biggest technical changes in three years. To whet your appetite, we’ve compiled a list of 3 of the most intriguing storylines heading into the new F1 campaign…
1. Will other teams come to the fore under the new regulations?
With wider tyres and significantly revised bodywork, F1 cars will look and behave very differently in 2017. The first indication of how things will play out will come in testing, which gets underway in Barcelona at the end of February.
2. how much faster will F1 racing be in 2017?
How much will we see lap times drop by in 2017? The initial idea of the wider tyres and revised aero was to make the cars three-to-five seconds per lap faster, which in turn would make them more challenging to drive. But given the fact that many teams are expecting rapid development throughout the season, could we see even bigger performance gains? One thing’s for sure, the drivers won’t be complaining. “Higher corner speeds are always nice,” said Valtteri Bottas after sampling Williams’ 2017 car in the simulator.
3. Which version of Ferrari will we see in 2017?
In 2015, Ferrari were a growing force, with Sebastian Vettel winning three races and proving a constant thorn in Mercedes’ side. But when a 2016 title challenge failed to materialise, the Prancing Horse seemed to lose its way, with the departure of tech chief James Allison symptomatic of apparent behind-the-scenes instability. The big question now is which Ferrari we’ll see in 2017 – one that has regrouped and regalvanised over the winter and can fight for Grand Prix victories and the title, or the somewhat blunt version we saw in 2016. What’s certain is that another winless season will not be tolerated.
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