Testing hasn’t started, a wheel hasn’t been turned in 2017, it’s a new aero era, none of the cars have been revealed and Lewis Hamilton hasn’t even decided what colour his snapback is going to be in Melbourne. Still, the teams are going have targets already for next season right? Here are realistic targets for each F1 team in 2017.
- Will the top three remain the top three?
- How will Williams cope with the changes, can they challenge top three?
- Can Force India mount a challenge or will they struggle to hold 4th?
- McLaren – Can they afford another season of midfield obscurity?
- Will Haas start well and then fall back?
- Will Renault look like a works team or flop?
View our gallery below to find out what each team’s pre-season targets should be ahead of the 2017 season.
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Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender
Lyonel "Arcsecond" Pfaender has played for multiple high level teams, including the challenger TSM lineup and Winterfox.
He has always remained as a sub for these teams however. Arcsecond provides options for Team Liquid in both the jungle and the mid lane, seemingly a natural fit as part of a roster shuffle.
MJ was notorious for staying quiet when it came to politics back in his playing days, and even had the quote, "Republicans buy sneakers too", which is how I want my athletes to act. But he missed the Chicago Bulls' White House visit for their 1991 championship team because he opted to spend time with his family on vacation. When you're the best basketball player of all time, you shouldn't have to explain yourself to some annoying ass reporter. (Source: Twitter)
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Manchester City, $1.92 billion
No real shock when the club own half the Middle East. Source: Twitter
It was at times difficult to watch this team's struggles last season. Financial insecurity disallowed updates and for a large chunk of the season, Sauber were back-markers, unable to keep up with the midfield. One points finish over the entire season simply wasn't good enough, so their target should be to start the season in the middle of the pack and improve from there. They've also acquired Pascal Wehrlein, which can only be a positive despite the outgoing Felipe Nasr's 9th in Brazil making the team a handy £11m. Assurances from the top that updates will be regular might be offset by a 2016 Ferrari power-unit, but 2017 can only bring better things right?
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Obviously, 2017 testing could change anything. Something miraculous could happen! There could be a fairytale season up ahead similar to the magnitude of the Leicester City story in the Premier League. We can’t wait to see Sauber fighting it out with Haas for the World Championship!
Ross Brawn believes that whatever the running order in 2017, the gaps will be bigger between each car. The ground Red Bull have been gradually making up to Mercedes will vanish with the reset button, and whoever has the advantage early on will surely keep it in the opening part of the 2017 season.