2017 Formula 1 World Championship Information

2017 Formula 1 World Championship Points – Drivers

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR PTS
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 363
2 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 317
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 305
4 Kimi Räikkönen FIN FERRARI 205
5 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 200
6 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 168
7 Sergio Perez MEX FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 100
8 Esteban Ocon FRA FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 87
9 Carlos Sainz ESP RENAULT 54
10 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 43
11 Felipe Massa BRA WILLIAMS MERCEDES 43
12 Lance Stroll CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 40
13 Romain Grosjean FRA HAAS FERRARI 28
14 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 19
15 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN HONDA 17
16 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL MCLAREN HONDA 13
17 Jolyon Palmer GBR RENAULT 8
18 Pascal Wehrlein GER SAUBER FERRARI 5
19 Daniil Kvyat RUS TORO ROSSO 5
20 Marcus Ericsson SWE SAUBER FERRARI 0
21 Pierre Gasly FRA TORO ROSSO 0
22 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA SAUBER FERRARI 0
23 Brendon Hartley NZL TORO ROSSO 0

2017 Formula 1 World Championship Points – Constructors

POS TEAM PTS
1 MERCEDES 668
2 FERRARI 522
3 RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 368
4 FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 187
5 WILLIAMS MERCEDES 83
6 RENAULT 57
7 TORO ROSSO 53
8 HAAS FERRARI 47
9 MCLAREN HONDA 30
10 SAUBER FERRARI 5


2017 Formula 1 Calendar

  Date Grand Prix Circuit  
  27 February Barcelona Test 1  Circuit de Catalunya Test 1 Reports
  7 March Barcelona Test 2  Circuit de Catalunya Test 2 Reports
1 26 March Australian Grand Prix  Melbourne Race Weekend Reports
2 9 April Chinese Grand Prix  Shanghai  Race Weekend Reports
3 16 April Bahrain Grand Prix  Bahrain Race Weekend Reports
4 30 April Russian Grand Prix  Sochi  Race Weekend Reports 
5 14 May Spanish Grand Prix  Barcelona- Race Weekend Reports
6 28 May Monaco Grand Prix  Monte Carlo Race Weekend Reports 
7 11 June Canadian Grand Prix  Montreal Race Weekend Reports 
8 25 June Azerbaijan Grand Prix  Baku  Race Weekend Reports
9 9 July Austrian Grand Prix  Spielberg Race Weekend Reports
10 16 July British Grand Prix  Silverstone  Race Weekend Reports
11 30 July Hungarian Grand Prix  Budapest Race Weekend Reports
12 27 August Belgian Grand Prix  Spa-Francorchamps Race Weekend Reports 
13 3 September Italian Grand Prix  Monza Race Weekend Reports
14 17 September Singapore Grand Prix  Marina Bay  Race Weekend Reports 
15 1 October Malaysian Grand Prix  Sepang Race Weekend Reports 
16 8 October Japanese Grand Prix  Suzuka  Race Weekend Reports 
17 22 October United States Grand Prix  Austin Race Weekend Reports 
18 29 October Mexican Grand Prix  Mexico City Race Weekend Reports 
19 12 November Brazilian Grand Prix  São Paulo Race Weekend Reports 
20 26 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix  Abu Dhabi Race Weekend Reports 

2017 Formula 1 Entry List

No. Driver’s Name Team Name Engine
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes
77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG-Heuer
33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG-Heuer
18 Lance Stroll Williams Martini Racing Mercedes
19 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes
5 Sebastien Vettel Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari
7 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda Honda
2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda Honda
31 Esteban Ocon Sahara Force India F1 Team Mercedes
11 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India F1 Team Mercedes
26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
55 Carlos Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault
27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault
30 Jolyon Palmer Renault Renault
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Ferrari
94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber F1 Team Ferrari
8 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team Ferrari
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team  Ferrari

2017 Formula 1 Drivers

Ben Stevens looks at – The Class of 2017 – the drivers contesting the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship which gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park in Melbourne, from 24-26 March.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Having spent his 2015-16 Christmas break desecrating Indian burial grounds, 2016 was a difficult year for Hamilton, as reliability ultimately cost him a third consecutive driver’s championship. Now with frenemy Nico Rosberg gone, Hamilton will look to reassert himself as the dominant force not just at Mercedes, but on the entire grid. Certainly, we’ve seen he’s capable of doing so, but even an all-timer like Hamilton has foibles – starts proving particularly tricky for him last year. 2017 will be a chance for Hamilton to not just cement his dominance over the current crop of F1 drivers, but to secure his spot in the pantheon of F1 greats.
2016 Championship Position: P2


Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull

F1’s smiling assassin, Ricciardo was a popular choice for “driver of the season” honours in 2016, putting in consistently excellent performances even if his car wasn’t quite up to par. Looking to mount a legitimate championship challenge in 2017 he’s got his work cut-out with a car that looks still slightly below the top. Regardless of what happens in the to mention a teammate who’s sure to generate his fair-share of headaches – but with the brilliance he’s shown throughout his career, you wouldn’t bet against him being right there when it’s all said and done.
2016 Championship Position: P3


Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 

After enjoying a remarkable honeymoon with Ferrari in 2015, 2016 was an abject disappointment for the four-time world champion. A distant fourth in the standings was not the result Vettel would’ve expected heading into the season, but 2017 offers him a chance at redemption with a Ferrari that at least based on testing, is a serious threat to Mercedes hegemony. There is no one on the grid who has more championship no-how than the German, and in the tenth season since Ferrari’s last driver’s champion, Vettel could be poised to end the drought.
2016 Championship Position: P4


Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes 

After three years at Williams, Bottas finally has the chance to deliver on the promise that made him such a highly-touted driver in the first place. With Mercedes, the Finn will have to deal with the twin pressures of performing to a championship calibre and teammate Lewis Hamilton’s attempted mind games. A handful of race wins is the absolute minimum expected of Bottas in 2017, but he could finish the year a world champion.
2016 Championship Position: P8


Max Verstappen, Red Bull

Last year’s championship may belong to Nico Rosberg, but make no mistake: 2016 was the year of Max Verstappen. Scoring a win in his first race with Red Bull, the Dutch teenager had the best debut since went above-and-beyond in his first season with the senior team, and will now have his sights set on going from F1’s youngest race-winner to its youngest champion. Expect to hear a lot about Verstappen in 2017, inevitably as much for the excitement he generates as the controversy.
2016 Championship Position: P5


Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 

Something of a surprise package in 2016, Raikkonen was able to often get the better of more-decorated teammate Sebastian Vettel, and will look to build on that with a championship challenge in 2017. When a car suits his driving style, the Finn is still right there for pace, and testing would seem to indicate the SF70-H does indeed suit him. Turning 38 during the season, Raikkonen will be looking to add to one of the more remarkable careers in recent memory.
2016 Championship Position: P6


Felipe Massa, Williams 

At 5’5, there’s not many things shorter than Felipe Massa, but his retirement was one of them. Back in the saddle for his 15th season in F1, Massa will be hungry to prove he’s still got it with a Williams that looked very podium-capable in testing. Whatever awaits the 35-year-old Brazilian, he’ll get to enjoy at least one more rodeo before hanging up his child’s size 7 boots.
2016 Championship Position: P11


Sergio Perez, Force India 

Once the “next big thing” in F1, Perez has become something of an enigma. In each of his three years with Force India, Perez’s talent has been on full display with at least one podium, yet he was never able to separate himself from teammate Nico Hulkenberg despite the German never quite reaching the same heights. Never “there”, but always “there abouts” in driver rumours, perhaps this is the season he arrives back at the forefront.
2016 Championship Position: P7


Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso 

No man finds himself in a more awkward position than Sainz. A highly regarded young talent, he remains the odd-man out in a stacked stable of Red Bull drivers, meaning that while he can’t move up to the senior team, it’s clear he can’t stay at Toro Rosso much longer. 2017 will go a long way to shaping his career, and he should be a popular name in silly season rumours.
2016 Championship Position: P12


Esteban Ocon, Force India

Whether or not you thought he won his battle with former Manor teammate Pascal Wehrlein, Ocon came out on top in the only way that matters – by securing a better race seat for 2017. No longer languishing at the back, the 20-year-old Frenchman will be expected to snare plenty of points in his Force India, and with his sights set on quickly advancing even further, nothing less will be acceptable.
2016 Championship Position: P23


Nico Hulkenberg, Renault 

After three years at Force India, new pastures await for Hulkenberg as he joins the revival project at Renault. Despite being a proven commodity on the F1 grid, the 29-year-old German has yet to attain a grand prix podium, and will find it difficult to open his account in another midfield car. Expect a consistent, if unspectacular 2017 from the German.
2016 Championship Position: P9


Romain Grosjean, Haas 

Despite starting 2016 with two top-6 finishes, Grosjean had a season of relative obscurity as Haas settled back into the midfield. Now in year two with the American team, the Frenchman will be expected to not only take the lead in making them competitive, but will face a genuine challenge from the other side of the garage with Kevin Magnussen having replaced Esteban Gutierrez.
2016 Championship Position: P13


Kevin Magnussen, Haas 

Once a heralded protégé of the McLaren young driver programme, Magnussen enters his third season in F1 yet to really deliver on the promise after finishing P2 on his race debut in Melbourne, and now finds himself once more at a new team. If the 24-year-old Dane harbours ambitions of scoring a ticket back to the big time, his 2017 battle with talented teammate Romain Grosjean will be particularly interesting to watch.
2016 Championship Position: P16


Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso

From Toro Rosso to Red Bull and back again, Kvyat’s career epitomises the cut-throat nature of the driver market in F1. Turning a near-ancient (by Toro Rosso standards) 23 in 2017, this might be Kvyat’s final chance to impress enough to secure his F1 future, lest he end up abandoned on the same deserted island as Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi.
2016 Championship Position: P14


Fernando Alonso, McLaren 

A long-time admirer of Bushido – the samurai way of life – 2017 might be the year Alonso is forced to commit seppuku. Now a decade removed from his second world championship with Renault, Alonso finds himself as far away from glory as he’s ever been, and you have to wonder just how much more his psyche can take. If McLaren continues to fail him on track, expect him to start generating plenty of headlines off of it.
2016 Championship Position: P10


Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren 

It’s been a long time coming, but the best name in motorsport has finally made his way to a full-time race seat. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely he’ll get to build on the point he got on debut in 2015, but he’ll still be expect to match up well with Fernando Alonso as McLaren’s driver for the future – one that should include better engines.
2016 Championship Position: P20


Jolyon Palmer, Renault 

A slow start to his rookie season had many doubting his future in F1, but a strong finish was enough for Palmer to secure his seat for 2017. With Nico Hulkenberg now occupying the other Renault, the benchmark for success will be somewhat higher than it was in 2016, and the former GP2 champion will have to raise his game even further if he wants to impress.
2016 Championship Position: P18


Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber 

From one backmarker to another, Mercedes development driver Wehrlein has to be smarting after being passed-over for Nico Rosberg’s vacant race seat. Now in a 2016-Ferrari-powered Sauber, Wehrlein will be measured by not whether he beats teammate Marcus Ericsson, but how comprehensively he does it. A few cheeky points wouldn’t hurt either to regain Toto Wolff and co.’s attention.
2016 Championship Position: P19


Lance Stroll, Williams 

Having evoked memories of Pastor Maldonado with his crash-filled performance in the first pre-season test, Stroll has his work cut out to change perceptions he is more than the latest deep-pocketed driver to buy their way into F1. Going against the veteran Felipe Massa will provide an excellent benchmark in what is sure to be a pressure-packed season, and with the car looking more than capable, Stroll will have to be likewise.
2016 Championship Position: N/A


Marcus Ericsson, Sauber 

Among the champions and challengers, heroes and villains, Marcus Ericsson remains a forgotten man in F1. Having never found himself in a particularly quick car, the Swede’s career has yet to give us any meaningful moments, yet, like Lewis Hamilton’s barber, he somehow still has a job. With an underpowered Sauber his ride for 2017, expect more of the same this season.
2016 Championship Position: P22


2017 Formula 1 Teams

Ben Stevens looks at the teams contesting the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship which gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix weekend at Albert Park in Melbourne, from 24-26 March.

Mercedes 

Since the V6 Turbo era started in 2014, Mercedes AMG Petronas have known one thing – winning. Never threatened by anything more than a tantrum from either Lewis Hamilton or the now-departed Nico Rosberg, they put together the most dominant three-year run in F1 history. Now they move into a new era, with Hamilton joined by Valtteri Bottas and a formula that shifts the emphasis back towards aerodynamics – yet while all good things end some time, it’s hard to see it happening for them just yet.
2016 Championship Position: P1


Ferrari 

2016 was a difficult year to be a Ferrari fan. A promising pre-season testing programme had many thinking they could take the fight to Mercedes, instead, they slipped to third. “Winners” of testing once again in 2017, there might be more substance to the hype this time around with comparable long-run performance, but at the very least they seem competitive. Now year 3 for the Maurizio Arrivabene-Sebastian Vettel partnership, this could be the year it all comes together, or where it completely falls apart.
2016 Championship Position: P3


Red Bull 

Last year’s runners-up enter 2017 something of an unknown quantity. Ceding the pre-season limelight to Mercedes and Ferrari, the team could still be a ways off competing for a championship, or right there from the get go. In either case, they’re sure to start grabbing plenty of headlines with the most exciting driver pairing on the grid in Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – the hope is their car (and engine) will end up being worthy of their immense talent.
2016 Championship Position: P2


Williams 

In a sport where money talks like no other, Williams have made it a habit to get the most bang for their buck. Two third-placed finishes in 2014 and ’15 were followed by a fifth-place in 2016, but after a strong second pre-season test, fifth would seem the minimum they could accomplish in 2017.
2016 Championship Position: P5


Force India 

Owner Vijay Mallya’s personal fortunes may be going from bad-to-worse, but his team has managed to go from strength-to-strength. Improving their championship position in each of the last three seasons, they enter 2017 with the stated goal of cracking the top three, but is that means taking on the triumvirate of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes, which might be a little out of reach. Can’t fault them for aiming high though.
2016 Championship Position: P4


Renault 

Entering their second year back as a constructor, Renault will be expecting to make a significant leap forward in the standings. Signing Nico Hulkenberg to spearhead their lineup is a sign the French manufacturer feels ready to move back into the top 5, but they could find that difficult with what is still the third-best power unit on the grid, even if it is far improved.
2016 Championship Position: P9


Haas 

Finishing with 29 points in their first season in the sport, Haas have broken the trend of struggling newcomers this decade. In year two, the goal now shifts from learning the ropes to making some legitimate noise, as they continue to benefit from the expertise of Ferrari and chassis designers Dallara assisting with their development. After five top-10 finishes in 2016, the same would be par for the American outfit in 2017.


The story at Toro Rosso – as it always is – is not one of championship contention, but a year-long teammate struggle. In Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, they have two drivers on very different career trajectories – the former in the ascendancy, the latter struggling to halt the slide – and yet, a new season presents new opportunities for both. That said, with the team no longer saddled with year-old engines and another strong package from technical director James Key, they could end up closer to the front than many are expecting.
2016 Championship Position: P8


McLaren 

The season may have not even started, but McLaren are already in crisis mode. Two disastrous pre-season tests proved their Honda engines to be more unreliable than a promise from Bernie Ecclestone, and the team looks set to start the season not so much on the back foot as laid out on the canvas. All the money and effort in the world can’t seem to correct what is a fundamentally flawed power unit, and it will be a minor miracle if they achieve anything of substance this season.
2016 Championship Position: P6


Sauber 

A single point. That is all that separated Sauber from the ignominy of last place in the 2016 constructor’s standings – yet with Manor no longer around, is there any way they can hope to avoid that fate this year? More than any other team, the opening races will be crucial, as their 2016-Ferrari engine is at its most competitive, and other teams struggle to stay on track. Survival is the name of the game for Sauber in 2017 – but they’ve long proved to adept at exactly that.
2016 Championship Position: P10