Key dates for the 2017 F1 season

F1i 3/01/2017
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The action kicks-off in Melbourne in March.

At the start of a new calendar year, F1i brings you a handy guide to the key dates in the 2017 Formula One season for you to bookmark.

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February

24 – Ferrari launch

27 Feb – 2 March – First pre-season test, Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona

March

7-10 – Second pre-season test, Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona

2017 race calendar

Round Race Date
1 Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) 26 March
2 Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) 9 April
3 Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) 16 April
4 Russian Grand Prix (Sochi) 30 April
5 Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona) 14 May
6 Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) 28 May
7 Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) 11 June
8 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku) 25 June
9 Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg) 9 July
10 British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 16 July
11 Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) 30 July
12 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) 27 August
13 Italian Grand Prix (Monza) 3 September
14 Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay) 17 September
15 Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang) 2 October
16 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) 9 October
17 United States Grand Prix (Austin) 22 October
18 Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico City) 29 October
19 Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos) 12 November
20 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina) 26 November

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Daniel Ricciardo.

Webber has always been a big fan of the man that succeeded him at the Milton Keynes-based outfit, tipping his countryman for the supreme title sooner rather than later.

“Daniel was probably the most consistent driver in the field this year and he’s absolutely world class, in the top three drivers,” Webber told The Age newspaper.

Many are expecting Red Bull to make the most of the 2017 regulation change and banking on Adrian Newey’s genius to pen once again a winning car. With Mercedes weakened by Rosberg’s departure, in Webber’s view, Ricciardo’s chances appear considerably boosted.

“(Ricciardo) is in a position to go again next year and certainly vie for the championship if Red Bull can get the car together, because Nico is virtually impossible to replace in the short term at Mercedes.

“Nico and Lewis drove each other to be better, but now they won’t have that all-star lineup. Lewis is brilliant and absolutely ruthless, but this will shake up the F1 market.”

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Valtteri Bottas

The upcoming season will see the introduction of radical aero changes as well as wider tyres from Pirelli. Laptime gains of up to five seconds are expected, though some high-profile figures in the paddock have raised doubts about the figure.

“Personally I don’t think the driving style will change massively,” Bottas was quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. “Obviously with more grip, some of the lines will change, and some of the corners will be flat out instead of a small lift.

“So I think the approach with some of the corner combinations and the lines can change. But I don’t think the corner will go quicker, I don’t think it will change much.

“But I think the main challenge at the moment is in the longer runs, to try to keep the tyres in a good condition.

“When you wear tyres, handling the torque, getting out of corners and being sensitive with the right foot and avoiding slides, is more important. That’s the main challenge at the moment.”

Bottas, who has reportedly visited Mercedes’ factory as he moves closer to a 2017 deal to replace Nico Rosberg, has already had the opportunity to get a first glimpse of this year’s machinery in the Williams simulator.

“It is quite a lot faster in the corners, I like it,” the Finn commented. “Higher corner speeds are always nice, and more traction, grip and downforce is good.

“It comes with less speed on the straights, but it doesn’t really matter – so it feels okay.”

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