Motoring Mondays – Formula One Car Launches 1


Motoring Mondays – Formula One Car Launches

Formula One Cars Complation

Formula One Cars Complation

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.

Sauber: C36-Ferrari

Formula One Sauber

Formula One Sauber

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.

Renault: RS17

Formula One Renault

Formula One Renault

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 have 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

Formula One Force India

Formula One Force India

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.

Mercedes: W08

Formula One Mercedes

Formula One Mercedes

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?

Ferrari: SF70H

Formula One Ferrari

Formula One Ferrari

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

season!


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