2017 is going to be a hugely important year for Formula One, with new regulations promising much faster cars than we’ve had for years. Many of the teams are hoping that 2017 will finally provide their big break. So, here’s why you really need to watch F1 this season.
1) Faster cars
The speed of F1 cars of late has been one of the main topics of concern. Michael Schumacher still holds all-time records at many circuits, and LMP1 cars are only a few seconds slower. But this year, things will be different.
The cars are wider, lower, and have more downforce. Powertrain improvements have been made too – there are rumours that Mercedes is tantalisingly close to 1000 horsepower. From 1.6 litres. Honda and Renault has also made huge gains, so maybe they won’t be a complete laughing stock this year. Maybe.
2) A more even midfield
The midfield was one of the best parts of the 2016 season, with more than one team actually being in the fight, which is a very unusual thing to see. This year it’s going to be even better.
If what Sauber says is going to happen happens, they might not be a backmarker for once. Renault is promising big things as well. McLaren is hoping that a certain engine provider has actually made something useful. If all of that comes together, we’re on for one hell of a fight.
3) It doesn’t clash with the 24 hours of Le Mans
One of the most annoying parts of the 2016 season was the fact that the European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan was on the same weekend as the 24 hours of Le Mans. This meant that if you wanted to see both you were staying up for 27 hours, and also that Nico Hülkenberg was not able to compete at Le Mans, even though he’d won the race in 2015.
But this year the events are held on different weekends, which means you don’t have to be completely insane if you want to watch F1 and Le Mans. Just almost completely insane.
4) Chances for new drivers to shine
There hasn’t been the biggest amount of driver shuffling for this year, but the changes that have been made have been pretty big.
The biggest news is that Valterri Bottas has made the switch to Mercedes, which led to Felipe Massa cancelling his retirement to partner Lance Stroll at Williams.
McLaren has replaced Jenson Button with Stoffel Vandoorne, and the departure of Nico Hülkenberg to Renault has led to Force India’s recruitment of Esteban Ocon.
And, if you really care, Esteban Gutiérrez has been replaced by Kevin Magnussen at Haas and Pascal Wehrlein has moved to Sauber.
All of this means that new drivers have genuine chances of doing well, especially if the midfield is a bit more even. And that can only be a good thing.
That was our list of reasons why you really should watch Formula 1 this season. Did we convince anyone that they actually should watch F1 this season? Or are you still just not going to bother?