Mane Engineering Issue 6 - March 2017 - Page 10

2017 TEAMS & DRIVERS

a whole new world

FERRARI

#5 Sebastian Vettel

#7 Kimi Raikkonen

FORCE INDIA

#11 Sergio Perez

#31 Esteban Ocon

HAAS-FERRARI

#8 Romain Grosjean

#20 Kevin Magnussen

MCLAREN-HONDA

#2 Stoffel Vandoorne

#14 Fernando Alonso

MERCEDES

#44 Lewis Hamilton

#77 Valtteri Bottas

RED BULL RACING

#3 Daniel Ricciardo

#33 Max Verstappen

RENAULT

#27 Nico Hulkenberg

#30 Jolyon Palmer

SAUBER-FERRARI

#9 Marcus Ericsson

#12 Pascal Wehrlein

TORO ROSSO

#26 Daniil Kvyat

#55 Carlos Sainz Jr.

WILLIAMS-MERCEDES

#18 Lance Stroll

#19 Felipe Massal Kvyat, #26

Carlos Sainz Jr, #55

Williams-Mercedes

Lance Stroll, #18

Felipe Massa, #19

is always evolving, but the changes in effect for the start of the 2017 racing season are more drastic than usual. From regulation changes to new

ownership, the upcoming season is far different to the one we saw come to an end just a few months ago.

Firstly, the racing calendar has been reduced to 20 races with the removal of the German Grand Prix – down from 21 the previous year. The season will commence in Australia and finish off in Abu Dhabi. There are several new drivers for 2017 on the heels of the retirement of Nico Rosberg, the reigning Formula One Champion. One of the drivers, Lance Stroll, an 18-year-old rookie from Canada, will be the second youngest driver in F1 history when he joins the grid for the Williams team.

A change that fans of F1 will notice most is likely to be the size difference of the vehicles. In an effort to increase the speed and performance of the cars, and make racing more exciting for new fans of the sport, F1 vehicles will become wider, but also shorter than their predecessors. This change is aimed to increase aerodynamics while also generating greater downforces for improved cornering speeds.

The wider cars naturally come with wider tyres – an increase in tyre size of almost 25 percent. The front width of the tyres is raised from 245mm to 305mm and rear width up from 325mm to 405mm. The maximum weight goes up to 722kg from 702kg. The front wing is now wider and swept back - a change that is standard for all F1 teams and cars. The rear wing is also wider, but the maximum height has been reduced.

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