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Old 02-17-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Silly season will be wrapping up soon, and new cars are dropping in the next week, seems like a good time to get started here.

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With Nico not returning there is no one to defend the WDC, so that job will fall to Lewis Hamilton. Will Mercedes run away with it again, or will the new care regulations give others a chance to get the jump on them? Will Bottas be able to challenge Hamilton at the front? Will they get along, or is Toto going to have to play babysitter again?

Will the new tires perform, or are we going to have a mess for the first few races? Will we get more, or less overtaking?

I'm hoping for a very competitive season with not much between Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams, Force India, Ferrari, and Mclaren. But we will see.

It is going to be awesome to have a Canadian to cheer for again in Lance Stroll, first time since Jacques Villeneuve!

Same thread rules as last year, it's all fair game to discuss as it happens, so don't worry about spoiler tags.
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Williams is the first out of the gate with a render of their FW40. I've read that we can expect more aero detail than what is shown here, but I like what I see. Love the lower rear wing, and those sidepods are dead sexy.




http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/128139
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:52 AM   #3
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Very excited about all the changes. I'm trying to ignore some of the naysayers that think it will actually spread out the field or that it'll actually make overtaking harder.

Really happy Bernie is gone, Liberty seems to really want to move the sport into the 21st century.

I just got an email that Trios go on sale for Montreal on Monday. Must...resist...buying...
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I love love love that they're going back to a lower / wider car again. Those tall skinny cars killed me a little. To me f1 was always about the low wide rear wing and just a wider car in general. Im actually pretty excited about these changes.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:04 PM   #5
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We aren't going to know about overtaking until we see it. People can talk all they want, but without getting the cars on the track, with new tires, in dirty air it's all guessing. I think it's going to look awesome with them carrying the speed they suggest they will have into the corners.
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Old 02-21-2017, 07:39 AM   #6
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Sauber has launched their car.
http://www.sauberf1team.com/race-car...er-c36-ferrari
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The livery is much better than previous years.
The rest are coming this week:
Sauber 20/02
Renault 21/02
Force India 22/02
Mercedes 23/02
Ferrari 24/02
McLaren Honda 24/02
Williams 25/02
Red Bull 26/02
Toro Rosso 26/02
Haas F1 Team 26/02
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:11 PM   #7
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Renault.
https://imgur.com/a/7P7Nc

Really interesting to see the massive difference in the front wing design. The Renault has 4 smaller horizontal wings, the Sauber only 3, and the Sauber looks to have a lot more clutter. Look forward to seeing the rest, but perhaps I am the only one....
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Renault.
https://imgur.com/a/7P7Nc

Really interesting to see the massive difference in the front wing design. The Renault has 4 smaller horizontal wings, the Sauber only 3, and the Sauber looks to have a lot more clutter. Look forward to seeing the rest, but perhaps I am the only one....
Definitely like the Renault looks better. Any idea what those two other exhaust ports beside the main are (assuming they're not actually exhaust, lol)??
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The airbox above the driver on the Renault looks massive.

I'm looking forward to McLaren hoping they have a new orange livery, and to see what Red Bull came up with.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:47 AM   #10
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Sneak peak at eh Mercedes W08
https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/mer...08-sneak-peek/

Really really like the neon lines. This could be good.

And Force India full reveal, though I haven't found good pics yet:
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Ugh, BORING. Looks just like last year, but with a plain silver shark fin. They loose so far.
Detail shots here:
https://twitter.com/ScarbsTech
Interesting nose, and a very simple front wing. Maybe more elements will be added.
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:59 PM   #11
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I tend to like the more aggressive look of the cars this year but I wish they had gotten rid of the thumb nose, could have sworn they said they were for this year, and I hate the shark fin. Not as ugly as they were on the 2010? cars but pretty ugly. I think that was the year Ferrari had subliminal advertising for Marlboro.

So far I'm liking all the liveries but Force India definitely seems to be the most like last year.
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Max Verstappen's sweet new helmet.

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I hate the shark fin. I know the LMP1 cars have been using them for years, but they look like crap on an F1 car.
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Mercedes W08

https://www.mercedesamgf1.com/en/mer...launch-f1-w08/

A much smaller fin. I have read that they may be removable and only used for certain races. Not sure the truth to that.
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More here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127050...57680676100735
This is unusual:
C5WzdqLWQAEoY3R by Alen Šmit, on Flickr
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Oh McLaren, what have you done?
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:28 AM   #17
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Ya, it is not beautiful, that's for sure.
Looks a bit better in video than the still shots:
https://twitter.com/McLarenF1/status/835096154505416704

Gallery:
http://imgur.com/a/EKmQo
The air intake is tiny. Interesting nose design with the louvre-like slits up the side. Are they hiding something at the rear diffuser?


The Ferrari, well, looks like a Ferrari:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127050...57677235180503

Those air ducts on the side pods are massive! Ugly nose. It's amazing the difference in the front wing design between the McLaren and the Ferrari.

Interesting that the Ferrari is also running a mini T spoiler, attached to their shark fin.
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Too much black in the McLaren but I like the new livery. So glad to finally see orange.

Ferrari looks pretty good too.
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The new Williams officially launched today.

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/w...-flesh-876987/
http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/20...mpetitor-fw40/

Haas will launch tomorrow but some shots came out today

https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/r...celona-877192/

Shots can be seen here as well https://twitter.com/ScarbsTech?lang=en
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I really like that Haas livery and car design. Although the nose was nicer last year.
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