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So 2017 should be an interesting year with regulation changes, driver changes and the fact the current WDC is not defending his ttile and Lewis's team mate is yet to be annouced

Official Race schedule below - already got Hungary and Austria Booked

March 26: Melbourne, Australia

April 9: Shanghai, China

April 16: Bahrain, Bahrain

April 30: Sochi, Russia

May 14: Barcelona, Spain

May 28: Monte Carlo, Monaco

June 11: Montreal, Canada

June 25: Baku, Azerbaijan

July 9: Spielberg, Austria

July 16: Silverstone, United Kingdom

July 30: Budapest, Hungary

August 27: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

September 3: Monza, Italy

September 17: Singapore, Singapore

October 1: Sepang, Malaysia

October 8: Suzuka, Japan

October 22: Austin, USA

October 29: Mexico City, Mexico

November 12: Sao Paolo, Brazil

November 26: Abu Dhabi, UAE


Also appears Manor on the brink of collapse after entering Administration
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2017 DRIVER LINE-UPS - will change

MERCEDES
Race drivers: Lewis Hamilton and TBC
Engines: Mercedes

RED BULL
Race drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
Reserve driver: Pierre Gasly
Engines: TAG Heuer-badged Renault

FERRARI
Race drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
Third driver: Antonio Giovinazzi
Engines: Ferrari

FORCE INDIA
Race drivers: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon
Engines: Mercedes

WILLIAMS
Race drivers: Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll
Engines: Mercedes

MCLAREN
Race drivers: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne
Reserve driver: Jenson Button
Engines: Honda

TORO ROSSO
Race drivers: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat
Reserve driver: Pierre Gasly
Engines: Renault

HAAS
Race drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
Engines: Ferrari

RENAULT
Race drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer
Engines: Renault

SAUBER
Race drivers: Marcus Ericsson and TBC
Engines: Ferrari (2016 spec)

MANOR
Race drivers: TBC and TBC
Engines: Mercedes
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I think the entire Manor team is a TBC now they've gone into administration. Can't see them coming back from this one, but where does that leave Wehrlein?
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Bottas to Merc, Massa to come out of retirement at Williams and Wehrlein to Sauber
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Max is sitting at 3/1 to win the title this year. might be worth a punt.


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Bottas confirmed, at last.


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perfect for Lewis - clear number 2 driver for him

Lets see how he gets on and how close he is to Lewis - easy measure to see if if its was mostly car or driver skill that allowed rosberg and Hamilton to qualify and race pace so close

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I won't be writing Bottas off any time soon! Lewis is probably in the form of his career but the cars are going to be very different again next year, so the playing field is somewhat levelled.




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Massa in that's just laughable.
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You ever been bummed ben?
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No mate. Exit only.
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Bernies no longer top dog!

[Edited on 24-01-2017 by Ben G]
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Glad to see Ross Brawn back in the fold. Always liked him.

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Manor have officially folded and are no more such a shame for all that work there.
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One less shit team being lapped 3 times a race. No big deal.
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Yeah but it's these shit teams that give the young future stars a chance to show their talent.

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Agree to a point. It must also damage their confidence if they're being lapped so much, despite trying their hardest.
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In other shocking news I met Hamilton the other week, chatted too him and shook his hand. As much as I wanted to think he would be a fucking wanker and a chode I was actually shocked. He was a nice bloke.
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quote:
Originally posted by Rick Draper
In other shocking news I met Hamilton the other week, chatted too him and shook his hand. As much as I wanted to think he would be a fucking wanker and a chode I was actually shocked. He was a nice bloke.




Result, I have to say on the couple of occasions I've been close to Hamilton (it's a stretch to say that I've met him :lol he's put considerable time and effort into engaging with people and interacting, which is more than can be said for many in his position.



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First pic I've seen on the new car and wheels together which really shows how much wider they are

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can't wait - bring on the 26th March although I am travelling to Boston Sunday morning so likely to miss the race - hopefully catch some of it at London Heathrow
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Been quite an exciting pre-season this, been a while since I've been giddy at car launches.

Some great looking innovation so far in the aero blackbox areas, we've been missing individuality on cars for a while now.

Shark fins need to die though


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The Mercedes front rear wing thing is quite cool apparently it's due to a loophole. Won't last long if it ends up giving massive performance gains.



Ferrari have something similar on the end of their shark fin.
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I'm not sure it's a loop hole, but it is intended to achieve a similar effect to the shark fin - cleaning the air up to allow the lower rear wing to engage more.

I don't think Mercedes (or Ferrari) are sure about it yet - and both of them will experiment heavily with all combinations of the T-wing and shark fin next week I suppose.

I wonder if it's any coincidence that the two teams who thought of a T-wing have both had James Allison on their books in recent months


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