Every 2017 Formula 1 Car in Pictures
The first day of pre-season testing has concluded today, which means every car that will participate in the 2017 Formula 1 championship has finally been revealed.
This is of particular importance because of the new regulations for 2017, which have completely transformed the cars’ look compared to the previous three years in a bid to make Formula 1 more exciting.
In addition to the new bodywork, many feature brand-new livery. You can check out every team’s new car by navigating through the tabs below (listed in alphabetical order), each of which include a gallery with several pictures.
And it’s… red!
No big surprises here as far as the livery goes, which looks just about identical to the 2016 version. However it does seem as though Ferrari is up to something with the SF70H: the sidepod intakes look nothing like anything I’ve seen before on an F1 car and Ferrari was also one of few teams to reveal a car with a T-wing (though others are now testing various iterations of this in Barcelona). We’ll see how those pay off when the season starts.
Sahara Force India VJM10
Somehow, the Force India went from being one of the best-looking cars of the 2016 grid to one of the least pretty cars. From the infamous “penis nose” and the ugly step between the front wheels to the strange shark fin that looks more like a plain sail, the VJM10 definitely lost some of its charm. Still, there could be a redeeming factor here: that step in the nose could be hiding some suspension elements such as the one that helped Mercedes gain an advantage last year.
Haas F1 VF-17
There’s not much to say about the new Haas F1 VF-17. The American team was decently competitive right out of the gates last year and then quickly fell behind; according to team owner Gene Haas, the 2016 car was not developed at all throughout the season so that they could focus on the 2017 car instead, which hopefully means we’ll see Haas fighting for points more often this time around. I have to say, though, I’m loving the jet-fighter gray.
I already covered the MCL32 in another article because I was so excited that the team had finally chosen to go back to the orange livery of the McLaren-Honda heyday (though the rest of the car was white, not black back then). It’ll need more than a throwback livery to a better time to overcome its significant problems, however. Every picture in the gallery below is new, so check out the other article if you want to see even more.
Mercedes AMG Petronas W08
Mercedes won everything there is to win from 2014 to 2016, so it should come as no surprise that their reveal was one of the most anticipated of them all. The W08 features many interesting aerodynamic elements, including a standalone T-wing unlike the Ferrari version that sits atop a shark fin. It also has an incredibly long wheelbase and Mercedes will be experimenting with a shark wing of its own during pre-season testing.
Red Bull RB13
The guys at Red Bull have been their usual cheeky selves when it came to revealing the RB13. They did nothing more than launch a video with no supplemental images, and there’s reason to believe the car featured in the video is a mule car stripped of many of its final aerodynamic elements and may even feature a few red herrings (as the team has been known to do in the past). Given that Red Bull is strongly expected to compete for the championship this year and that it is often the team with the most creative aerodynamics, it would not be surprising if it has opted to hide as much information as possible until the latest possible moment. Red Bull may even avoid showing the real RB13 until the very last day of testing.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 26, 2017
Renault Sport RS17
Renault was once a top team in the sport but has since fallen by the wayside. It is looking to make its mark once again in 2017 with the RS17, which is one of the reasons Nico Hülkenberg left Force India to join the team, even though the former had performed far better in 2016 with a smaller budget. There’s no telling yet how fast the Renault will be, but one thing is without a doubt: it’s easily one of the best looking cars on the new grid.
Even more so than Renault, Sauber is a household name in the sport, and this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special livery and a color we don’t often see on a Formula 1 car: gold! Still, heritage alone doesn’t get you to the top—over the course of its 421 race starts, Sauber has won only a single race. With Manor gone from the sport, let’s hope the lovely car doesn’t find itself dead last every race.
Toro Rosso STR12
It was apparently an unwritten rule this year to make the slowest cars on the grid as attractive as possible. For the first time, Toro Rosso departed from the same style and colors the team had used since it joined Formula 1 in 2006, creating what is in my mind the best-looking car on the grid, bar none. Now I just hope the car is fast enough that the TV cameras will be pointed at it more often than last year.
Williams was the first team to release an image of its full 2017 car ahead of pre-season testing yet somehow managed to make the most underwhelming impression. The team never had the most creative aerodynamics in the past few years and this appears to be true as well with the FW40, which also features a virtually unchanged livery. We’ll have to see if Williams pulls anything out of the bag in 2017.
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Kurt Verlin was born in France and lives in the United States. Throughout his life he was always told French was the language of romance, but it was English he fell in love with. He likes cats, music, cars, 30 Rock, Formula 1, and pretending to be a race car driver in simulators; but most of all, he just likes to write about it all. See more articles by Kurt.