2017 Formula One season starts with the traditional Australian Grand Prix this weekend at the MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT. The coverage begin with the Friday, 24 March 2017 practice sessions followed by Saturday’s qualifying round leading up to Sunday, 26 March 2017’s big race. It will all starts at around 12:00 p.m australian time / 01:00 a.m uk time with the first practice session while The big race on Sunday begins at around 16:00 local / 06:00 am uk time. There have been number of changes heading into the new season and we do a short preview of 2017 season and Australian Grand Prix.
Number of changes in car manufacturing regulations including Wider tyres, shark fins and changes in front and rear wings have allowed cards to rack up three seconds a lap faster during 2017 pre-season testing. Cars not only look visually spectacular but they are insanely fast going into the new season. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will start the season as favourites while Ferrari and Red Bull have managed to close the time gap at the top. McLaren Honda continued to struggle with reliability issues but they might prove to be a surprise package when the official season gets underway.
Australian Grand Prix 2017 Schedule:
So it all starts on Friday, 24th March with the opening two practice sessions. While Saturday, 25 March will see practice session no.3 and the big qualifying round.
The race take place on Sunday, 26 March and SkySports F1 will have live coverage in the UK where race starts at around 06:00 am uk time.
Unlike the last season where qualifying system was changed to eliminations, Formula 1 2017 season starts with normal qualifying round. As far as the pre-season testing is concerned almost every team had some reliability issues some of them including McLaren Honda some serious stuff. Ferrari looked faster but they also looked faster in 2016 pre-season. Mercedes clocked up to 1000 laps during two weeks of pre-season in Barcelona and although they had minor technical issues many believe the team tried to intentionally scrubbed speed. Same can be said of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen who both looked to have intentionally slowed down on what was their hot laps during Barcelona pre-season testing.
As far as the team lineups are concerned the biggest change comes in Valtteri Bottas joining Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes after Nico Rosberg chickened out after winning 2016 Formula 1 season. While Ferrari and Red Bull retained their lineups, apart from them almost every team had atleast one change and that is sure to pull off some interesting result during the season.