F1 2017: A Definitive Guide

F1 2017: A Definitive Guide

This is our guide to the F1 2017 season, including what the new cars look like, key dates and other key information.

What do the Formula 1 2017 cars look like? What is the Formula 1 schedule 2017? You'll find everything you're looking for here. 

Williams 

Race drivers: Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll
Engine: Mercedes

Car: FW40

Williams were the first F1 team to release images of their 2017 race car, named the FW40 in reference to this being Williams' 40th year of racing in Formula 1. Williams have appointed Paddy Lowe as Chief Technical Officer from Mercedes, with former driver Valtteri Bottas heading in the opposite direction.

Sauber

Race drivers: Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein
Engine: Ferrari (2016 spec)

Car:  C36-Ferrari

Sauber were the first team to officially launch their 2017 car via social media. Sauber's team colours have been royal blue since 2015, with this year's livery celebrating 25 years in F1. Pascal Wehrlein, has been passed fit after his incident at the Race of Champions.

Renault


Race drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer
Engine: Renault

Car: R.S. 17

Renault recently announced that Pete Machin will join the team in July, from Red Bull Racing, as head of aerodynamics. It has also been announced that Alain Prost will join the team as a Special Advisor.

Force India


Race drivers: Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon
Engine: Mercedes

Car: VJM10

Sahara Force India recently announced a new partner in eyewear specialists, Foresight & Vision, for the 2017 season.

UPDATE: Following the announcement of an additional sponsor, BWT, Force India also revealed a revised livery for the 2017 season.

Mercedes-Benz

Race drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Engine: Mercedes

Car: W08

There’s plenty of change at Mercedes this year. Valtteri Bottas joins the team as driver, replacing the retiring champion, Nico Rosberg.

With Paddy Lowe leaving the team to join Williams, James Allison steps in as their new Technical Director. It’s not all change, however, with Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff signing new contracts with the team until 2020.

Scuderia Ferrari


Race drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
Engine: Ferrari

Car: SF70H

Ferrari is rumoured to be using 3D printed piston heads this year and Mattia Binotto has been promoted to chief technical officer in place of James Allison. His previous role was as head of Formula 1 power-units. The SF70H features gull wings at the rear of the finn and redesigned side pods. Ferrari have set the early pace in testing and it will be interesting to see how much they have caught up to Mercedes.

McLaren F1

Race drivers: Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne
Engine: Honda

Car: MCL32

Much has already been said about this year’s car, with the naming convention changed and rumours of a long-awaited return to orange livery in a bid to move away from the Ron Dennis era under new McLaren Executive Director, Zak Brown.

Red Bull Racing

Race drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
Engine: TAG Heuer-badged Renault

Car: RB13

The launch of the RB13 has been hotly anticipated this year, with everyone keen to see Adrian Newey’s interpretation of the 2017 rule changes. With this and the switch of fuel supplier, F1 fans are expecting Red Bull to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes-Benz this year.

Toro Rosso


Race drivers: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat
Engine: Renault

Car: STR12

Much has been said about the similarity between the STR12 and the W08 of the Mercedes-benz team. Toro rosso certainly hope it will push them them up the field this year. 

HAAS


Race drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen
Engine: Ferrari

Car: VF17

Haas F1 are hoping this year’s car will be an improvement on last year’s eighth place finish in the constructor’s championship.

2017 Race Calendar

The Formula 1 schedule for 2017:

Melbourne, Australia F1 Start Times

When is this weekend's F1 race on TV? 

Day

Session

Broadcaster

Coverage starts

Session starts

Session ends

Friday 24th

Free Practice 1

Sky

00:30

01:00

02:30

Friday 24th

Free Practice 2

Sky

04:45

05:00

06:30

Saturday 25th

Free Practice 3

Sky

02:45

03:00

04:00

Saturday 25th

Qualifying Live

Sky

05:00

06:00

 

Saturday 25th

Qualifying Highlights

Channel 4

13:00

 

 

Sunday 26th

Race Live

Sky

04:30

06:00

 

Sunday 26th

Race Highlights

Channel 4

14:00

 

 

Daylight savings information:  Daylight saving time 2017 in United Kingdom will begin at 01:00 on Sunday, 26 March (Clocks go forward).

Other UK Race Start Times:

April 9: Chinese GP - 7am BST

April 16: Bahrain GP - 4pm BST

April 30: Russian GP - 1pm BST

May 14: Spanish GP - 1pm BST

May 28: Monaco GP - 1pm BST

June 11: Canadian GP - 7pm BST

June 25: Azerbaijan GP - 2pm BST

July 9: Austrian GP - 1pm BST

July 16: British GP - 1pm BST

July 30: Hungarian GP - 1pm BST

August 27: Belgian GP - 1pm BST

September 3: Italian GP - 1pm BST

September 17: Singapore GP - 1pm BST

October 1: Malaysia GP - 8am BST

October 8: Japanese GP - 6am BST

October 22: United States GP - 8pm BST

October 29: Mexican GP - 7pm GMT

November 12: Brazilian GP - 4pm GMT

November 26: Abu Dhabi GP - 1pm GMT