In case you didn’t notice, it is now 2017. Many things come with a new year, but perhaps the most exciting for motorsport fans is a new season of Formula One.
Each year we have the buildup of excitement until the cars are revealed, then until testing, then until the first race. It’s almost like our lives are incomplete without the pinnacle of motorsport. Wait…….they aren’t……..At this point, most of the 2017 F1 cars have been revealed. First impressions seem good. The cars, with the odd exception, aren’t bad looking, and are certainly different from last year. So, without further ado, here’s all the information you need about all the F1 cars you care about that have been released so far.
1) Mercedes Benz
Probably one of the most important reveals, since Mercedes has been the dominant team for the past three years. The 2017 F1 car retains, of course, the silver livery that Mercedes has used for as long as they’ve been in the sport, only it’s a little lighter than last year.
The car is incredibly narrow at the rear, which is why there is such a large amount of floor visible from above, and then there’s what looks like a flimsy piece of plastic just in front of the rear wing. This tiny little part has seen a lot of media attention, with people suggesting that it’s Mercedes taking advantage of a loophole in the rules. Or that it’s just some weird thing they use to take in data during testing.
2) Force India
You see in the introduction where I said that the cars, with the odd exception, aren’t bad looking? This is the exception.
The 2016 livery was good. Black with a bit of silver and the odd splash of orange. The 2017 F1 car silver with a bit of black and the odd splash of orange. Not a big difference, but enough to ruin the car visually.
Also, the other teams have made their ‘shark fins’ dark colours for a reason. It looks like someone dropped a (rather sharp) sheet of aluminium on the car and nobody bothered to remove it.
And it’s got the classic penis on the front and the even more classic stepped nose. Need I say more?
Yes actually. This car better perform better than it looks because Force India really wants to maintain that fourth place in the constructors standings.
In 2016, Renault wasn’t exactly the most successful team in Formula One. I know that is probably due to the fact that they grew out of the eternally struggling Lotus F1 team, but they’re hoping that this year will, finally, be their time to shine.
The Renault was one of the most beautiful cars on the grid. And it looks like it’s going to be the same story in 2017, since they’re keeping that lovely yellow and black livery and haven’t put any penises on the front.
Ferrari is, of course, using a predominantly red livery. Quite frankly it would be blasphemous if it wasn’t red. The Ferrari isn’t the most outrageous in terms of design, but what it does have is one of those wing-before-the-wing things like Mercedes has, only it’s mounted to the tail fin here. I still think it’s just an odd-looking way of getting data, but anyway.
Ferrari will be hoping that their car will be able to do a lot better than last years car, since they actually want to be in the same league as Red Bull, never mind Mercedes. But we’ve got a bit of a wait until we can say much more than that.
Well. That’s a change.
McLaren have changed from their well-known silver and red livery of the past many years to orange and black. If I was really unfunny I would probably make a joke along the lines of ‘Orange is the new silver’, but I am quite funny so you won’t have to go through that torture. Oh, wait…
A lot of people will be surprised to learn that orange is actually one of McLaren’s most used liveries, with it being used in Can-Am, a lot of F1 cars and even their endurance efforts of both the nineties and today.
But that’s enough about the colour. McLaren is desperately hoping that Honda has actually provided them with a power train that won’t leave them pretty far back in the midfield this year, and that they might, possibly, be able to take on the likes of Force India and Ferrari this year. Possibly.
Like most of the 2017 F1 cars, the McLaren gets a big tail fin, and, thankfully, a pretty unassuming nose. And, come on, it’s orange.
So. Which one is your favourite? Or are you one of those weird people who fanboy over Sauber?