Formula 1 2017 Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Driver's Lounge' started by calvins48, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

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    2017 SEASON

    Welcome to the 2017 F1 thread! The cars will be faster, the tyres will be wider, the racing will be closer... Wait... the racing won't be closer. But no matter! Fast cars and wide tyres - what's not to like?! How will Lewis Hamilton fare against his new teammate, Valtteri Bottas? Will Red Bull have a shot at the title? Will it be Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen who comes out on top? Will Ferrari still offer empty promises? Will we see more than 10 overtakes in a race? All will be revealed in the coming months!

    CAR LAUNCHES
    February 20: Sauber CS36
    February 21: Renault RS17
    February 22: Force India VJM10
    February 23: Mercedes F1 W08 Hybrid
    February 24: Ferrari SF70H
    February 24: McLaren MCL32
    February 25: Williams FW40 (Preview images revealed February 17)
    February 26: Red Bull RB13
    February 26: Haas VF-17
    February 26: Toro Rosso STR12


    PRE-SEASON TEST SCHEDULE
    February 27-March 2: Barcelona
    March 7-10: Barcelona


    IN-SEASON TEST SCHEDULE
    April 18-19: Bahrain

    August 1-2: Hungary

    RACE CALENDAR
    March 26: Australia | WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
    April 9: China | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    April 16: Bahrain | WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
    April 30: Russia | WINNER: Valtteri Bottas
    May 14: Spain | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    May 28: Monaco | WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
    Jun 11: Canada | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    June 25: Azerbaijan | WINNER: Daniel Ricciardo
    July 9: Austria | WINNER: Valtteri Bottas
    July 16: United Kingdom | WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
    July 30: Hungary | WINNER: Sebastian Vettel
    August 27: Belgium
    September 3: Italy
    September 17: Singapore
    October 1: Malaysia
    October 8: Japan
    October 22: USA
    October 29: Mexico
    November 12: Brazil
    November 26: Abu Dhabi

    DRIVERS AND TEAMS
    MERCEDES
    Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: W08 EQ Power+

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    RED BULL
    Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
    Power Unit: TAG Heuer-branded Renault
    Chassis: RB13

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    FERRARI
    Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
    Power Unit: Ferrari
    Chassis: SF70H

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    FORCE INDIA
    Drivers: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: VJM10

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    WILLIAMS
    Drivers: Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll
    Power Unit: Mercedes
    Chassis: FW40

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    McLAREN
    Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne
    Power Unit: Honda
    Chassis: MCL32

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    TORO ROSSO
    Drivers: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kyvat
    Power Unit: Renault
    Chassis: STR12

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    HAAS
    Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
    Power Unit: Ferrari
    Chassis: VF-17

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    RENAULT
    Drivers: Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenburg
    Power Unit: Renault
    Chassis: R.S.17

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    SAUBER
    Drivers: Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein
    Power Unit: Ferrari (2016 model)
    Chassis: C36

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  2. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

  3. MiamiPhill

    MiamiPhill TPRA Staff

  4. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Renault F1 launch is 2:30pm UK time (GMT/UTC). :sHa_thumb2:

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Most importantly, we'll be LIVE from 14:30 UK time on <a href="https://t.co/WpxcpeLdpn">https://t.co/WpxcpeLdpn</a>, on our Facebook page AND on YouTube <a href="https://t.co/kv4ZqIqCMQ">https://t.co/kv4ZqIqCMQ</a></p>&mdash; Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) <a href="https://twitter.com/RenaultSportF1/status/833978088618864640">February 21, 2017</a></blockquote>
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    Converted to other US time zones here.

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  5. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Renault R.S. 17 unveiled. Pics:

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    OP updated.

    Next up: Force India VJM10 launching tomorrow! :sHa_biggrin:
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2017
  6. nuTTTz

    nuTTTz Administrator Staff Member

    This has got to be my fav thread on the forum. This time of year especially. :)

    Rumor has it McLaren is going back to its roots with some orange in the livery!

    Gonna be a fun year for F1. :)
     
  7. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Totally agree mate!! :sHa_biggrin:

    Meanwhile, Force India just unveiled the VJM10:

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The VJM10 is here! <a href="https://twitter.com/SChecoPerez">@SChecoPerez</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/OconEsteban">@OconEsteban</a> unveil the 10th car in our history! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VJM10?src=hash">#VJM10</a> <a href="https://t.co/pDIFSKtwgu">pic.twitter.com/pDIFSKtwgu</a></p>&mdash; Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) <a href="https://twitter.com/ForceIndiaF1/status/834405694875062275">22 February 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
     
  8. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    More pics of the Force India VJM10:

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    OP updated.

    Next up: Mercedes W08 tomorrow!
     
  9. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Video of 2017 Sauber C36 on track during filming day at Barcelona:

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  10. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Pictures: 2017 Mercedes W08 on track at Silverstone ahead of official launch:

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  11. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Official 2017 Mercedes F1 W08 pictures:

    The W08 EQ Power+ is the first 2017 F1 car not shown with a shark fin. However, Mercedes will be testing the car around Silverstone with a shark fin later on today.

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    OP updated. Next up: Ferrari and McLaren tomorrow! :sHa_biggrin:
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2017
  12. MiamiPhill

    MiamiPhill TPRA Staff

  13. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Damn there are a lot of bad looking cars this year. McLaren turned out meh and Ferrari is trash, and all the previous don't make things much better. Haas is bound to come out probably with the same ugly livery as last year, but I'm hoping Toro Rosso and Red Bull can make up for the rest. I think Force India is my favorite so far, except for the forehead, and Sauber started off good, but their "Your Logo Here" white advertisement ruins it.
     
  14. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Each to their own but I personally love the look of the new cars. They look like they did back in the late '00s; they look fast, they look expensive, they look like they're at the pinnacle of motorsport.

    The cars from '09 to '16 looked like a feeder series for F1, in my opinion. :sHa_thumb2:
     
  15. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    McLaren MCL32 and Ferrari SF70H revealed. Pics:

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    OP updated. Next up: Williams FW40 tomorrow! :sHa_biggrin:
     
  16. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    I too love their look, but their liveries is what's killing me.
     
  17. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Official Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ *breathes out* studio pictures:

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    OP updated.
     
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  18. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Williams FW40 officially revealed, Haas VF-17 leaked. Pics:

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    OP updated.
     
  19. Shark24

    Shark24 Licensed Racer

    Not sure how the T-Wing will perform on the Merc, but it's not visually pleasing. Haas' VF-17 looks better with the darker gray, still could use some work. It'll be interesting to see how Haas' and Sauber's scalloped shark fins work compared to the rest. Still waiting to see what Newey has come up with though :smile:

    One additional thing about the W08, they are also the only team to still be running the fully rounded nose of the car.
     
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  20. calvins48

    calvins48 TPRA Staff

    Red Bull RB13 and Haas VF-17 launched. Pics:

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    OP updated. Next up: Toro Rosso STR12 later on today! :sHa_biggrin:
     

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