Reasons to Be Excited About F1™ in 2017!

    By Darragh Farrelly

    The engines are revving and the lights are about to go out on the off-season; the new Formula 1™ season is literally just days away!

    Kicking off on March 26th, a 20-race calendar will begin at Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix. Already a season sure to make noise given the impending regulation changes, driver moves and several potential world champions, there’s a lot to be excited about for 2017!

    Fresh Faces

    Lance Stroll.pngLance Stroll joins Williams on the back of a successful 2016 where he became European F3 Champion. Canadian Stroll, 18, has proved his worth in the junior ranks and his earned his spot in the big leagues. The son of a billionaire, he is well-backed and will look forward to a long and prosperous career in F1™.

    Highly-touted prospect Stoffel Vandoorne leaves the Japanese single-seater racing series Super Formula to partner veteran Fernando Alonso at McLaren Honda. Having deputized for Alonso at the Bahrain GP in 2016 and the retirement of Jenson Button, the Belgian gets the full-time drive.

    Perhaps the biggest move of the off-season was the shock retirement of the newly-crowned world champion Nico Rosberg from Mercedes. Having impressed at Williams, Valtteri Bottas was signed as his replacement.

    A Changing of The Guard?

    Red Bull line-up 2017.pngLet’s call a spade a spade, Mercedes with Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been dominant of the sport over the last three years. To put their success into context over those three years, the team has won 51 out of the past 59 races, equating to an 86%-win ratio. However, with a considerable amount of rule changes, and much stronger focus aero, coupled with Rosberg’s retirement and the emergence of Red Bull as a force in 2016, we expect things to be shaken up.

    Retro Tires, Faster Times    

    From a bystanders point of view, tires are increasing by 25% for the 2017 season, (front tires 305mm-wide rather than 245mm, and rear tires 425mm from 325mm) giving them a look not too dissimilar for an F1 car from the 1970’s! Given the new regulations on aero dynamics with the governing body pushing for more downforce, coupled with the wider tires, we expect to cars go a lot quicker than in 2016, with experts estimating up to three seconds!

    A Strong Calendar

    In recent times, the addition of newer races to the calendar often seem to come under threat before they can even begin to create a reputation for themselves, most notably Hockenheimring which loses its place for 2017. Thankfully, despite some strong opposition, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza has remained. In 2017, we will see 20 races (reduced from 21) take in five continents over nine months – and we can’t wait for it to all kick off!

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 

     

    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Allie Shriver

    409-Blogger-Allie-Shriver-e536dee79691b3447e6d05ac1df44749Allie Shriver is a North Carolina native. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Allie enjoys hanging out at the beach, watching football, and exploring new cities. As a die-hard football fan, you can catch Allie at local sports bar cheering on the New York Giants and frantically checking her Fantasy Football scores.  

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.