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The new cars arrive…

New regulations for 2017 mean new F1 cars from all the teams.  At first glance, thanks to tighter restrictions dictating front- and rear-wing shape, they’re looking ever-more similar; delve deeper, as Craig Scarborough does in the  adjoining videos, and significant differences between the cars are still apparent. With their wider Pirelli tyres and increased downforce, the 2017 cars will be much quicker around corners and will require shorter braking distances; on the downside, they’re much heavier – to the absurd realm of actually weighing more than my road car; they’ll be slower on the straights; and they will promote fewer overtaking opportunities. Why the latter?  Members of the F1 rule-making committee merely reply: “It wasn’t one of our considerations this time around.  We were simply commissioned to make the cars quicker.”

That bout of hand-washing aside, here’s a look at some of the new cars testing at Barcelona this week:

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5 thoughts on “The new cars arrive…

  1. patricka on said:

    I am afraid you are quite right there will be less overtaking opportunities all following one another on a 8-10 foot wide optimum line and I am sure an ever increasing number of marbles to catch out anyone that gets of line

  2. Peter Bakalor on said:

    I like the look of them, though not all the liveries. McLaren wasted the opportunity to do something great. Sadly, I’m looking forward to lots of safety cars as front wings get dumped on the road. I guess Ross has 3 years to get it fixed.

  3. Peter Finlay on said:

    Pete, overtaking is one of the prime keys to exciting motor racing. What were they thinking of?

  4. rvallenduuk on said:

    Let’s hope Max can prove everyone wrong and keep overtaking in impossible places…
    Is it me or does that McLaren livery look a lot like the Arrows that Max’s dad drove 15 years or so ago?

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