F1: The Cars of 2017, Beautiful Cars are Fast Cars
It is an old F1 adage that a beautiful car also tends to be a fast car, and the target for Formula 1 as a sport is to deliver on both of those counts in Y 2017.
For the 1st time in F1 history, improving the visual appeal of the cars has been a central pillar in the new aerodynamic regulations. In the past rule changes have given rise to some criticized additions such as grooved tires and ugly stepped noses.
So, the FIA announced in May 2015 that “more aggressive looks” was a priority – in addition to making the cars faster and harder to drive.
“The cars look spectacular,” said MercedesAMG boss Toto Wolff early in February, with those in the know making positive noises that the new Y 2017 designs with deliver the required ‘WOW’ factor for fans.
So far, the only look fans have had of F1’s new era are computer-generated images of the FW40 released by Williams with the motorsport’s ‘new look’ prompting mixed reviews. See below.
2017 Car Launches
February 17: Williams FW40, Online preview
February 20: Sauber C36, Online
February 21: Renault RS17, London
February 22: Force India VJM10, Silverstone
February 23: Mercedes W08, Silverstone
February 24: Ferrari, Fiorano
February 24: McLaren MCL32, Woking
February 26: Red Bull RB13, Online
February 26: Toro Rosso STR12, Barcelona
Launch season is perennially the time for optimism and bold statements and Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) have not been shy about coming forwards in the past.
Sergio Marchionne may have leaned a lesson ahead of his 2nd season in the role of Ferrari President after confidently predicting on the eve of Y 2016 that they could beat Mercedes from the get-go
“I did a big mistake last year with my sentences being so sure to win,” he said at The Scuderia’s Christmas lunch. “For sure I’ve learned not to talk before [the season]. But of course we are Ferrari and our goal is to win.”
And there is the rub for F1’s most successful team.
Although any confident launch proclamations about their Y 2017 prospects might turn out to be foolish, Ferrari’s past pedigree and resources dictate that only race and title-winning success ever is enough.
We are all aware that 9 seasons have passed since Kimi Raikkonen delivered their 15th Drivers’ Championship and, as Mr. Marchionne admitted soon after ousting Luca di Montezemolo at the helm of the company, “if we were to somehow fail to win a title over a 10-year span it would be a tragedy”.
Ahead of a season in which design ingenuity and clever aero concepts are likely to be richly rewarded, The Big Q is: Which of Y 2017’s cars will look the best?
Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault scored highly for visuals last season in an online poll, so which teams will poll the best looker this time around?
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We wait and we will soon see, stay tuned…
Have a terrific President’s Day weekend.
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