My F1 2017 Predictions

Even though its before Pre-Season testing, I have already made some predictions about where the teams and drivers will lie when it comes to the championship ahead of the 2017 season.

25/02/17

Constructors Championship

2017 will ultimately be a close season and I think its highly likely that Mercedes and Red Bull will be fighting it out for the championship.

Behind them, fighting it out for the rest of the top 10 and midfield, It will be the closest pack of teams the sport has seen in recent years. It will be headed by Ferrari but McLaren, Renault, Williams and Force India will be very close behind.

Torro Rosso will head the back end of the field ahead of Haas and Sauber. I don’t see any of these 3 teams having a good season.

  1. Mercedes
  2. Red Bull
  3. Ferrari
  4. McLaren
  5. Renault
  6. Williams
  7. Force India
  8. Torro Rosso
  9. Haas
  10. Sauber

Drivers Championship

I think it is a very high chance that Lewis Hamilton will win the championship but it won’t be easy as he will have Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen hot on his heels. Either one of these drivers will win the championship.

Valterri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel will complete the top 5. Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg and Lance Stroll will complete the very close top 10.

Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Jolyon Palmer, Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean will complete the top 16.

  1. Hamilton
  2. Ricciardo
  3. Verstappen
  4. Bottas
  5. Vettel
  6. Vandoorne
  7. Raikkonen
  8. Alonso
  9. Hulkenberg
  10. Stroll
  11. Massa
  12. Palmer
  13. Perez
  14. Ocon
  15. Sainz
  16. Grosjean

So there it is. My bold predictions for an intriguing and a start of a new era for Formula One.

Pre-Season Testing starts very soon so be sure to come back and visit to see all the latest news, views and stats right here!

 

Car Reveals and Pre Season Testing

An information page on all the 2017 car reveals and Pre Season Testing.

20/02/17

Car Reveals

  • 20th February: Sauber
  • 21st February: Renault
  • 22nd February: Force India
  • 23rd February: Mercedes
  • 24th February: Ferrari and McLaren Honda
  • 25th February:
  • 26th February: Torro Rosso, Red Bull and Haas

Pre Season Testing

February 27th – March 2nd: Test 1, Barcelona

March 7th – 10th: Test 2, Barcelona

 

Buemi makes history by winning in Buenos Aires

Sebastian Buemi wins the Buenos Aires ePrix and becomes the first Formula E Driver to win 3 races in a row.

19/02/17

The Renault e.Dams driver continues his winning streak and extends his lead at the championship. Having won the previous 2 races, Buemi’s lead in the championship has grown to 29 points ahead of Lucas di Grassi.

Di Grassi led from his first ever Formula E Pole Position but struggled in the early laps and couldn’t keep Jean-Eric Vergne and Buemi behind. By lap 6, Buemi overtook Vergne for the lead into turn 1. Adam Carroll is stranded on the grid but gets going eventually. Di Grassi was then overtaken by Oliver Turvey and Nico Prost. After a poor qualifying, Sam Bird dropped to the back of the field developing gremlins on his car.

Turvey, Mitch Evans and Loic Duval pitted and changed over to their second car before everyone else. The next lap came and Buemi, Vergne, Prost and Di Grassi pitted along with the rest of the field except Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld, who stayed out for a further lap. Di Grassi narrowly avoided a collision with Nelson Piquet when he came out of the pits. Evans was given a 5 second time penalty for speeding under the yellow flags and that ended his chance of his and Jaguar’s first points.

Rosenqvist pits to change over into his second car and there is a problem with getting the power on. Time is lost and so is his chance of points. After the change overs, Buemi led ahead of Vergne, Prost, Di Grassi, Piquet and Turvey. Di Grassi overtakes Prost on lap 24 into turn 1 for the final podium position. Vergne and Di Grassi start to close in Buemi in the final laps as teammates Jerome D’Ambrosio and Duval battle it out with Duval getting the better.

Race Result

1.Buemi  2.Vergne  3.Di Grassi  4.Prost  5.Piquet  6.Duval  7.Abt  8.D’Ambrosio  9.Turvey  10.Lopez  11.Da Costa  12.Sarrazin  13.Evans  14.Frijns  15.Heidfeld  16.Ma  17.Carroll  18.Rosenqvist  DNF Engel and Bird.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Buemi 75pts
  2. Lucas di Grassi 46pts
  3. Nico Prost 36pts
  4. Jean-Eric Vergne 22pts
  5. Felix Rosenqvist 20pts

Teams Championship

  1. Renault e.Dams 111pts
  2. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 60pts
  3. Mahindra Racing 37pts
  4. NextEV NIO 25pts
  5. Techeetah 22pts

The Mexican ePrix will take place on the 1st of April.

 

 

 

 

The Story Is Over

A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Manor F1 were not successful in securing enough financial backing to see them through the 2017 season and had closed their doors. This meant that the 3 teams who entered the sport back in 2010 had now gone into administration.

13/02/16

New era, new teams

Before the 2010 season got under way, it was announced that three new teams will compete under the £40m cost cap imposed by then FIA president Max Mosley. The 3 teams included, Lotus Racing, Hispania Racing F1 Team and Virgin Racing. By 2012, Lotus Racing was now named Caterham F1 team, Hispania was now named HRT F1 team and Virgin Racing was now named Marussia F1 team.

2012 proved to be HRT’s last season as they failed to find a buyer when the team decided to sell. HRT was statically the “worst” of the new teams with a highest finish of 13th place throughout the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Although one positive thing that came out of the team was that they gave now Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo a race seat for 10 races during the 2011 season.

Caterham was the next team to go and at the Russian GP of 2014, it proved to be the last race as the team fell into administration. The team was forced to miss the American and Brazilian GPs but returned for the final race in Abu Dhabi. That was the last GP contested by Caterham as they could not find a buyer. A highest finish of 11th place was the best result over the course of 5 seasons.

Manor has been the most successful out of the 3 teams clinching 3 championship points over the course of their career. Their first points came during the 2014 Monaco GP where Jules Bianchi finished 9th and another point came at the 2016 Austrian GP where pascal Wehrlein finished 10th. Marussia along with Caterham, could not compete in the American GP and then the rest of the 2014 season due to a lack of financial backing. A crucial point at the Brazilian GP where Manor lost 10th place to Sauber and a reported £30 million pounds loss in prize money.

Haas shows new teams how to enter properly

When Haas F1 entered F1 last season, I feared that they were going to be a back marker team like Manor. But to my surprise and others, they didn’t feature at the back very often.

Haas finished 8th in the Constructors Championship with 29 points and a best finish of 5th. Haas has received a mixed response from smaller teams who had invested in their own infrastructure and expressed concerns about the close relationship between manufacturers and junior teams.

Haas has been applauded for a low-cost model that would allow new teams to enter the sport and be competitive.

What can Liberty Media do or what they didn’t do?

Just 5 days Manor went into administration, Bernie Ecclestone was forced out of F1 by the new management of Liberty Media. If I was aware that Manor were in trouble of going into administration, I’m sure Liberty Media was aware as well.

A good gesture by Liberty Media I thought would be to help and potentially save Manor from going into administration. This would haver shown that they are interested and willing to help. It probably would of made them a lot more popular than they are now.

Reading in last weeks Autosport magazine (February 2nd 2017), they talk about a 5 point plan for F1’s new direction. One of the big topics covered in the plan is Money and the collapse of Manor is mentioned. It talks about the failed budget cap Max Mosley tried to impose. Also in the news, yesterday, Williams Team principal, Claire Williams believes the introduction of a budget cap in Formula 1 would suit her team because of the efficient way it already uses its modest funds.

So can a budget cap keep teams like Manor afloat and improve the racing?

A tough sport but nothing else

Competition at the back of the grid has been and was fierce. Every position counts when it comes to the Constructors Championship.

At the end of each season, the teams are given important prize money based on where they finish in the Constructors Championship. For example, the first placed team will receive a lot more money that the last placed team. The money is not split very fairly.

I am sure to say that the whole of F1 and myself will miss Manor F1.

F1 News Round-up #2

Another big couple of weeks have been and here you can find all the latest news on Liberty Media’s takeover and the collapse of Manor F1.

01/02/17

Liberty Media in, Ecclestone out

Bernie Ecclestone has been removed from his position running Formula 1 as US giant Liberty Media completed its takeover of the sport. Liberty has brought ex-Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn back to F1 as the new Managing Director. Ecclestone said he had been “forced out”.

Bernie Ecclestone: “I’m proud of the business that I built over the past 40 years and all that I have achieved with Formula 1. I would like to thank all of the promoters, teams, sponsors and television companies that I have worked with.

“I’m very pleased that the business has been acquired by Liberty and that it intends to invest in the future of F1. I am sure that Chase will execute his role in a way that will benefit the sport.”

Manor fold as no buyer is found

The Manor F1 team have ceased trading after administrators failed to find a buyer for the outfit. Administrators had been in talks with would-be buyers, but no deal to save the team from collapse. The team’s collapse leaves 10 teams – 20 cars – on the grid in Melbourne for the first race of the season. A decisive moment for the team was a result of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finishing ninth in the 2nd race of last season in Brazil. This cost the team in the region of $15m (£12m) in prize money.

Lowe confirms move to Williams

Former Mercedes Paddy Lowe will join the Williams in its most senior technical position. Lowe, 54, former executive director at Mercedes, left Mercedes in early January will take the roles as shareholder and director. James Allison is still the main man to replace Lowe at Mercedes.