The Formula One season kicks off this weekend in Australia with Lewis Hamilton bidding to win his third title down under.
The Brit goes into the season as the favourite to clinch a fourth world title, but the key question will be which drivers can challenge him.
With the new driver regulations set to shake up the grid, F1 fans will be hoping the likes of Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel can light up the circuit and challenge for glory.
Here’s how you can catch all the action in Melbourne.
DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO
DATE: 24-26 March 2017
FRIDAY, MARCH 24 – FIRST PRACTICE SESSION: 01:00 GMT (5:00 UAE time)
FRIDAY, MARCH 24 – SECOND PRACTICE SESSION: 05:00 GMT (9:00 UAE time)
SATURDAY, MARCH 25 – THIRD PRACTICE SESSION: 03:00 GMT (7:00 UAE time)
SATURDAY, MARCH 25 – QUALIFYING: 06:00 GMT (10:00 UAE time)
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 – RACE: 06:00 GMT (10:00 UAE time)
VENUE: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
WHERE TO WATCH
TV: UAE – beIN Sports
LIVE BLOG: Sport360 blog
Formula 1’s new managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn is frustrated by the ‘shark fins’ on this year’s cars.
Brawn previously said that he wanted to review the new regulations that allowed the extra bit of bodywork. However, it would take unanimous approval from teams to revise the rules before the start of the season, and that’s not going to happen.
“Part of the sales pitch for these new rules was nicer looking cars,” Brawn told Autosport magazine this week.
“We’ve only half achieved that haven’t we, because we’ve got all these oddities – shark fins and T-wings and more bits.
“That’s understandable with a new set of rules. But the next iteration has got to make sure that we don’t, even if it’s only for aesthetics.”
Brawn added that the current situation was particularly frustrating given that teams had previously rejected the idea of shark fins when proposed by FIA president Jean Todt.
“Todt has had this bee in his bonnet, which is valid in a way, to put the number on the side of the car so that the fan in the grandstand can see what car he’s looking at,
“Not every fan is knowledgeable enough to recognise the helmet and all the rest of it,” he pointed out.
“We came up with the shark fin, because that was the easy addition to put a big number on,” he continued. “And half of the teams said we’re not going to have that on our cars, that’s terrible.
“It was tested. We had photographs and everything, and everyone said, ‘that’s horrible, we don’t want that.”
In a segment sponsored by Mobil 1 , former team owner turned TV pundit Eddie Jordan gives his preview of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
The always outspoken and colorful Jordan, who tells us what he would have done about Lewis Hamilton’s antics in Abu Dhabi last year, is once again included in Britain’s Channel 4 support cast for this year’s coverage of the F1 world championship.
The talking head will appear alongside David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Susie Wolff, Lee MacKenzie and Karun Chandok.