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Why You Should Watch F1

It is all change in Formula One for the 2017 season, with new rules, new team mates and a new feeling of competition at the front of the grid, and you would be silly to miss out.

Nico Rosberg took his maiden Formula One title in the 2016 season and shocked fans with the announcement that he was to retire with immediate effect, meaning there will be a new battle at the front of the grid for the 2017 World Championship.

Lewis Hamilton looks odds on to win the 2017 championship already, should he not suffer from the repetitive reliability problems he suffered in 2016. The already three-time World Champion looks set to claim a fourth title as the widely regarded best driver on the grid.

Hamilton’s New Team-Mate for 2017?

His new team-mate, highly likely to be Valtteri Bottas, will no doubt give him a run for his money in the new W09 car, should he make the move from Williams F1 team which is yet to be confirmed.

The best team on the grid in terms of drivers however, is no doubt the Red Bull team. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, both still relatively young at a leading team, will no doubt be there to pick up the pieces where should anything happen to the Mercedes team.

Read Bull fans however, are hopeful that their team will be able to move to the front of the grid with the new regulations promoting a higher downforce car. Red Bull’s successive championships with their underpowered Renault engine were widely accepted as benefitting from Adrian Newey’s brilliance.

McLaren are hoping that a new year will represent a new them, with hopes that their Honda Engine can their new look team of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne to the front of the grid. 3 years of disappointment suggest to some that it is perhaps Alonso’s last year at the team.

Renault and Haas both have new look teams, with Nico Hulkenburg and Jolyon Palmer heading the Renault works team, and Romain Grosjean and Magnussen, who makes the move from Renault, completing the line up.

Ferrari keep their lineup from last year, boasting 5 world titles between their two drivers, Sebastian Vettel (4) and Kimi Raikkonen (1) will be hoping it is their year, with further improvement to the engine and new regulations, we get the feeling it is now or never for Ferrari, who continue their streak of not winning a world title.

The outgoing Felipe Massa looks set to complete a U-turn back into the team with the outgoing Bottas, and will partner his new young team-mate, Lance Stroll. Force India have retained the highly rated Sergio Perez following his brilliant season last season, and Esteban Ocon, who has moved from Manor F1 Team following his successful second half of the season in 2016.

TBC rings through the Sauber and Manor F1 Team, with only Marcus Ericsson having been kept on by the Sauber Team, with his team-mate and Manor rivals yet to be announced for the next season.

With a lot of question marks over whether Ferrari and more so Red Bull can keep their chase to Mercedes going, or who knows, move ahead of them with the new regulations for 2017, it is a new season, and from now, any of the three teams could win the World Championship in 2017. With the prospect of Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen all fighting for the title, 2017 could be a cracker!

Joe Clark

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