|2017 Australian GP|
|TRACK||Melbourne GP Circuit|
|DATE||TIME (ET)||US TV|
What To Watch For
Haas surprised many in Australia last year, scoring their first points and finishing blah blah, and would like to see a similar result to start this season. While the start was great, Haas found themselves with brake issues and other common problems that arise throughout the Formula 1 season, leading to them falling back down in the order as the races went on. Haas will not only have the opportunity to improve with their new car, but the addition of Kevin Magnussen should lead to a better opportunity with both drivers having had past success.
Winning the last 3 constructors and drivers championships, along with 73 of the 77 races in the those seasons, Mercedes has been the far an away leader with these regulations. Rule changes have forced everyone to bring new cars to the track, leading to the possibility of Mercedes’ reign ending this season more likely than the past couple. If Mercedes’ continues to keep pace, then storylines will quickly shift to the battle between 3-time WDC Lewis Hamilton and his new teammate Valteri Bottas.
New regulations lead to many questions and one thing that is often wondered is if any team has found any loopholes in the rules that could lead to a competitive advantage. This will be interesting to see as this could be the chance for a backmarker to score a podium/win or even build on a lead as other teams catch up through the beginning of the season. We’ve seen teams in the past have early success only to find themselves much lower in the standings at the end of the season.
Pirelli’s tires have been a conversation point in Formula 1 over the past few years. These new wider tires will produce more mechanical grip and faster lap times, but how will they hold up and how could this affect race strategy?
4 new drivers have entered F1 this season and 3 have switched to new teams. It will be interesting to see how the new drivers compare to their teammates in both the race and qualifying, as well as with new cars that are supposed to be much more physically taxing on the drivers as the speed is increased.