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2017 Formula One Discussion Thread

Darren Ingram

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Getting closer to car reveals and testing. I might make a prettier OP later.


Confirmed car reveals so far:

2017 car launches
February 21: Renault, TBC
February 22: Force India VJM10, Silverstone
February 23: Mercedes W08, Silverstone
February 24: Ferrari, Fiorano
 

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Valtteri Bottas Gets Mercedes F1 Seat, Felipe Massa Un-retires After Two Months (Credit to Black Flag):
The international nightmare is over; the crisis has been solved. The Mercedes F1 team, whose newly crowned champion retired days after winning the Formula One title, will add Williams’ Valtteri Bottas to its lineup. Taking Bottas’ seat will be Felipe Massa, who retired from Williams less than two months ago. The vacant Mercedes seat was an unexpected twist, given that champion Nico Rosberg wasn’t exactly expected to retire at 31 years old. Rosberg’s retirement opened up one of the two most coveted seats in the F1 field, given that Mercedes has been dominant for years—in 2016, Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton won all but two of the 21 races. Their only two losses stemmed from wrecking each other and a blown engine.

Thus, when the Mercedes seat became available, everybody kind of wanted it. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was as thirsty as could be for the ride, but early on, it looked as if McLaren’s Fernando Alonso would get the spot. But neither of them got the seat, and Mercedes swiped Bottas from his Williams team for the 2017 season. Hopefully Bottas and Hamilton get along better than Hamilton and Rosberg did. (Actually, no, hat throwing and searing hatred is fun and entertaining.)

As for Bottas’ seat at Williams F1, Massa will come out of retirement to return to the team that he left just a month and a half ago. Massa’s retirement was one of the most emotional points in 2016, with his “final” home race in Brazil ending in a heartbreaking crash. Massa draped a Brazilian flag on his shoulders as he walked from the wrecked car, with fans, other teams and track workers cheering him on as he made his final walk down the track as an F1 driver.

Except it wasn’t his final walk down the track as an F1 driver, because he’s coming back. He probably didn’t even have time to buy a rocking chair in his short retirement. Just don’t count on Rosberg following in Massa’s footsteps and coming back to the sport, because he seems pretty set on retirement.

Either way, wipe your tears! Get excited! It’s almost time to go racing!
SOURCE: http://blackflag.jalopnik.com/valtteri-bottas-gets-mercedes-f1-seat-felipe-massa-un-1791253026
 

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I have to root for a Mercedes???? End me. Please.

In all seriousness, I'm really excitied for Bottas, this is huge for him.
 

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Really hope that Bottas can take the fight to Hamilton and make it a close title fight.

That's if Mercedes is even still dominant, new regs could shake everything up.
 

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I think Mercedes will still have the strongest engine, but Redbull and Adrian Newey's chassis will definitely be closer now

I'm really excited for Bottas, but I'm conflicted on Massa returning. I love Felipe, but I'm not so sure he will do great. Plus now that incredibly emotional moment in Brazil is kinda ruined now
 

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It's about time. As important Bernie has been to F1 in the past, for the last few years he's just seemed like a senile old man who has no grip on the modern world. I wish him the best, but it was time for him to move on
 

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It reminds me a lot of the 1996 Ligier, and that's a good thing
 

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I Liek the color combination. But hope there will be some more sponsors on it :(
 

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This is gonna be a great year for liveries. We already have the new Sauber and an improved Renault, plus McLaren and Torro Rosso are rumored to be switching to new liveries as well, there a lot to look forward to this year
 

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The Renault looks even better than the Sauber. I'm liking the grid so far.
 

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With the way the black and yellow meet, the Renault livery also reminds me a lot of the 1999 Arrows
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Force India







Probably my least favorite of the bunch so far.
 
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