Motoring Mondays – Formula One Car Launches
Last Monday the week was kicked off with the first car for the 2017 Formula One season to be launched
with Sauber revealing the C36-Ferrari. Now, a week later the all new cars are hitting the track for
their first day of testing in Barcelona. Today, we’re taking a look at the first half of the teams and
then tomorrow we will post the other half!
The new regulations which have been brought in include, wider cars, most noticeably with the much
chunkier tyres and front wings. The cars are also much lower with the rear spoiler being dropped
significantly to a maximum of 800mm, down from 950mm for 2016.
The C36-Ferrari has been completely redesigned from scratch as not a single component could have
been adopted from the 2016 predecessor. The team have concentrated on reliability for the new
season as only four out of six powertrains can be replaced without facing a penalty.
The new car features a striking blue and white livery with gold hints thrown in for good measure to
celebrate the teams 25 years in Formula 1 racing. Another feature the team has adopted is the
brand new fin which is used to direct air into the rear spoiler in order to generate downforce.
So, what can we expect from the team? The line-up is as follows, Pascal Wehrlein comes from
Mercedes reserve driver programme to race alongside Marcus Ericsson however Wehrlein won’t be
taking part in pre-season testing due to a crash he suffered at Race of Champions.
Tuesday saw Renault launch their car, the RS17. Opting for the fin, as with the Sauber, they have
opted for a stunning yellow and black paint job and aiming for 5th place in the 2017 constructors. The
power for the new machine will be provided from Renault themselves and hopefully the team can prove their worth in the
sport. Renault has gone for the thumb style nose cone and the shark fin which provides a “very
aggressive” look and hopefully Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg can score some much needed
points this year!
Force India: VMJ10
The team revealed the VMJ10 on Wednesday with much of the livery remaining very similar to their
2016 car but with significantly different body work including a thumb-tip nose and shark fin engine
cover, as noted on the Sauber and Renault.
Last season, the team surpassed their expectations of finishing fourth, could 2017 be the year the
team takes a bronze medal or even better? Fingers crossed, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon can
bring more success of 2016 into the new season.
The reigning champions of Formula One shown us what they could bring to the 2017 on Thursday
with the W08. With the departure of Nico Rosberg at the end of 2016 after winning the 2016 World
Championship, Botas came to the team to race alongside Lewis Hamilton.
The new car doesn’t have the shark fin cover but does have a much wider front wing and larger
barge boards. The Silver Arrows have opted for their signature paint job and arrow-like front wing.
Could 2017 be Mercedes year again, or could someone knock them off the top spot?
For the last few years Ferrari haven’t aimed to achieve what they set out to do since they won their
first constructors in 2008. This year, seasoned veterans Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be
piloting the new machine and hopefully the Italian Stallion can score some major points!
The Scuderia team are hoping to close the gap and provide tough competition to the Mercedes and
Red Bulls – Hopefully the new beast can give them the edge!
Come back tomorrow and take a look at the other five teams and the cars for the all new, 2017 F1