2017 F1 World Championship

  • 2017
  • F1
  • F1 World Championship
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Having dominated for three years, Mercedes-Benz faced a renewed challenge from Ferrari in 2017. The Ferrari SF70H was initially the faster race car but the Scuderia’s challenge evaporated during the Asian autumn races thanks to costly mechanical failures and the startline accident in Singapore.

Lewis Hamilton responded to the disappointments of 2016 in style to clinch a fourth World Championship with two races to go. The Englishman won nine times and started from the front of the grid on 11 occasions as he surpassed Michael Schumacher’s record for pole positions. New team-mate Valtteri Bottas scored his breakthrough victories in Russia, Austria and Abu Dhabi as he finished third in the standings.

The Ferrari SF70H was initially the faster and more consistent car in race trim and Sebastian Vettel led the championship until the summer break. The Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 was quicker overa single lap but its inconsistency led Toto Wolff to describe it as a “capricious diva.” Vettel and Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel in Spain and clashed in Baku when Vettel intentionally drove into his title rival after wrongly believing he had been “brake tested” behind the safety car. The German then crashed into team-mate Kimi Räikkönen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix as the title momentum shifted. Vettel then suffered a couple of engine failures in Malaysia and early retirement in Japan as his championship hopes faded.

Red Bull suffered a slow start to its campaign due to a horsepower deficit and engine reliability issues. Strong development of the RB13 saw both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen win races and finish fifth and sixth overall. Ricciardo won in Azerbaijan when both Hamilton and Vettel were delayed while Verstappen recovered from a run of poor reliability to score in Malaysia and Mexico.

Force India retained fourth in the World Championship but that success was overshadowed by the simmering tension between Sergio Pérez and newcomer Esteban Ocon. The BWT-sponsored pink cars made repeated contact in Azerbaijan, Hungary and twice in Belgium that forced the imposition of team orders. Also Mercedes-powered, Williams recalled Felipe Massa from short-lived retirement to mentor 18-year-old rookie Lance Stroll. The Brazilian veteran outperformed the well financed Stroll but it was the latter who enjoyed the headline achievements – third in Baku and on the front row at Monza.

Renault’s gradual improvement as a works team gathered pace in 2017 with Nico Hülkenberg 10th overall. Jolyon Palmer endured a difficult second season and was replaced by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz with four races to go. Sainz began the season partnering Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso and earned that works promotion with several impressive displays that included finishing fourth in Singapore. In contrast, Kvyat grew ever-more frustrated and was released before the end of an error-prone campaign. Pierre Gasly and Le Mans winner Brendon Hartley completed the season for Red Bull’s junior team although engine penalties thwarted meaningful results.

Haas-Ferrari fielded Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for its second season and finished eighth overall. McLaren-Honda endured a woeful season thanks to the least powerful and least reliable engine. That was enough for McLaren’s new management who eventually negotiated a switch to Renault-power for 2018. At the back of the grid Sauber underwent a mid-season restructure and, given McLaren’s uncertain plans, cancelled its end-of-season switch to Honda engines.

The rules were revised with wider, faster cars and fatter tyres delivering the fastest lap times in more than a decade.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Rolex Australian Grand Prix

26/03/2017

Albert Park

57

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

2

Heineken Chinese Grand Prix

09/04/2017

Shanghai

56

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

3

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

16/04/2017

Sakhir

57

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

4

VTB Russian Grand Prix

30/04/2017

Sochi

52

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

5

Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli

14/05/2017

Catalunya

66

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

6

Grand Prix de Monaco

28/05/2017

Monte Carlo

78

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

7

Grand Prix du Canada

11/06/2017

Montreal

70

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

8

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

25/06/2017

Baku

51

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing

9

Grosser Preis von Osterreich

09/07/2017

Spielberg

71

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

10

Rolex British Grand Prix

16/07/2017

Silverstone

51

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

11

Pirelli Magyar Nagydij

30/07/2017

Hungaroring

70

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

12

Grand Prix Pirelli de Belgique

27/08/2017

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

13

Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia

03/09/2017

Monza

53

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

14

Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

17/09/2017

Marina Bay

58

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

15

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

01/10/2017

Sepang

56

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing

16

Japanese Grand Prix

08/10/2017

Suzuka

53

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

17

United States Grand Prix

22/10/2017

Austin (COTA)

56

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

18

Gran Premio de Mexico

29/10/2017

Mexico City

71

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing

19

Grande Premio Heineken do Brasil

12/11/2017

Interlagos

71

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

20

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

26/11/2017

Yas Marina

55

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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