The Cars of Formula 1 2017

This year’s Formula 1 World Championship will be faster and potentially a lot more exciting thanks to the introduction of drastically different technical regulations.

Cars will be up to 6sec a lap quicker due to fewer restrictions on aerodynamic design and the use of larger Pirelli tyres. Not only will this make them more physical to drive, it could also shuffle the field and reduce the advantage held by title winner Mercedes.

All 10 teams have revealed their cars and pre-season testing has now begun at Barcelona. We run through each racer below in the order they arrived.

Williams FW40

Williams was the first team to reveal its latest single-seater. The new car arrives in the outfit’s 40th year – hence the name – and will be driven by Felipe Massa and rookie Lance Stroll.

The team narrowly missed out on fourth in last year’s Constructors’ Championship so will want to be going one better in 2017.

Sauber C36

This Swiss team finished second-last in the standings last year. 2017 is a chance for it to make significant progress, with drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein both showing plenty of potential in the junior ranks.

The Ferrari-powered model is said to be a completely new design, meaning it needn’t be dogged by the pace issues of its predecessor.

Renault RS17

Renault also fared badly in 2016, finishing just ahead of Sauber in the constructors’ rankings. It switched development to the 2017 car early on in a bid to get ahead with design.

It targets a fifth place finish this year, with Nico Hülkenberg leading the charge alongside teammate Jolyon Palmer, who returns for his second year in racing’s top rung.

Force India VJM10

Force India punched above its weight last year and ranked as the most successful team after the big three – Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.

It wants to up this pace in 2017 by moving into third overall, a big ask for drivers Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon.

Mercedes W08

The 2016 championship winning team is holding its cards close to its chest ahead of the opening season test, claiming that F1’s new regs could bring its rivals closer.

But, with Lewis Hamilton on top form and new signing Valtteri Bottas facing his most exciting year yet, most still believe this will be the team to beat in 2017.

Ferrari SF70H

Ferrari marks its 70th year with its new F1 racer which will be driven once again by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.

The Italian outfit is hoping to bridge the gap to Mercedes and offer a challenge for both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in 2017.

McLaren MCL32

Woking’s new racer introduces a new naming convention and striking orange and black colour scheme that harks back to the team’s earliest models.

Fernando Alonso will be wanting to leave another average season behind with a car fast enough to challenge for wins in 2017. His new teammate, Stoffel Vandoorne, has masses of potential to be right there with him.

Red Bull RB13

Red Bull was last year’s second fastest team and the only one that could stop Mercedes winning at every race.

This year an improved Renault engine should give drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen even more of a fighting chance.

Haas VF17

Haas F1’s impressive debut season saw it finish eighth in the standings.

The American team’s second challenger will be driven by Romain Grosjean and new signing Kevin Magnussen as it aims to keep up its forward momentum in 2017.

Toro Rosso STR12

Toro Rosso ended 2016 in 7th position but has marked its push for better results in 2017 with a striking new livery.

Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. remain as drivers, which the team believes will put it in good stead to move up the grid.


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