Abu Dhabi F1 GP 2017 Final Race Of The Season.

Abu Dhabi F1 GP 2017 Final Race Of The Season.

Abu Dhabi F1 GP Final Race Of The Season.

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel & Daniel Ricciardo have accepted the 2017 Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi will mark the last race the cars “will look good” ahead of the introduction of the Halo.

 

 

From the start of next season all F1 cars will run a mandatory Halo safety cockpit protector after the device was approved by the FIA following trails with F1 teams over the past two years during testing and free practice sessions – beating other safety solutions suggested including the Aeroscreen and the Shield.

While the cockpit protector has been roundly backed, despite an initial mixed reception, when quizzed about the introduction of the Halo during the Thursday press conference in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton concedes the cars aesthetically will struggle to meet the looks of the 2017 versions.

It’s the last of the era of cars looking good, I think,” Hamilton said. “The last race where the cars will look good. I think from next year it’s all downhill in terms of how it looks but safety will go up. Maybe start a new flip-flop brand next year and be successful in some way.”

Both Ricciardo and Vettel echoed Hamilton’s sentiments but have faith the sport’s worst fears won’t be realised as teams will aim to find smart ways to integrate the Halo into its 2018 designs.

“We’ll make sure our helmets are polished this weekend, so they look good because they’ll be a bit harder to see next year,” Ricciardo said. “I don’t think it’s going to be as dramatic as most people make it out to be so it should be fine.”

 “Everything I’ve seen so far looks different but on the other hand I think it’s something that we all get used to,” Vettel added. “It’s no doubt that the cars look better the way they are now but we’ll work on the aesthetics so it will look fine as well.”
 

The new Formula 1 logo is expected to be revealed after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Chairman Chase Carey promising “a fresh energy to the sport”.

The 2017 season finale in Abu Dhabi marks the end of Liberty Media’s first year in control of F1 with a number of changes being trialled with the aim of encouraging fresh investment and interest in the sport after the Bernie Ecclestone era.

While some of the new ideas have received a mixed reception, including the F1 drivers entrance at the United States Grand Prix, Liberty’s ideas have been met with positivity by teams and drivers. Liberty’s new logo plan has been installed to “provide a fresh energy to the sport, the new logo was a great way to emphasise that,” according to Carey who joined Sky Sport F1’s commentary team during FP1 in Abu Dhabi.

Last week three log designs when submitted to the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office which was met with negative feedback on social media with the majority of fans preferring the existing logo. 

It isn’t known which design of the three or a new version will be selected but Carey hinted at the new logo being unveiled immediately after the 2017 season finale.

Sky Sports F1 also alluded to new live coverage of some of the 2018 pre-season testing, last produced during 2013 winter testing, in order to increase coverage of the sport ahead of the new season. Full testing coverage plans were not released with the finer details expected to be confirmed during the off-season.

 

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last race of the season and its a 1-2 for Mercedes AMG Patronas.

1.Valterri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 55 laps, 1hr 34m 14.063s

2.Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport +03.899s

3.Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari +19.330s

4.Kimi Raikkonen FIN Scuderia Ferrari +45.386s

5.Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer +46.269s

6.Noco Hulkenberg GER Renault Sport F1 +1m 25.713s

7.Sergio Perez MEX Sahara Force India-Mercedes +1m 32.062s

8.Esteban Ocon FRA Sahara Force India-Mercedes +1m 38.911s

9.Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda +1 lap

10.Felipe Massa BRA Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes +1 lap

11.Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari +1 lap

12.Stoffel Vandoorne BEL McLaren-Honda +1 lap

 

2017 FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS
Position Entrant Points Total
1 Mercedes AMG Petronas 668 668
2 Scuderia Ferrari 522 522
3 Red Bull Racing 368 368
4 Sahara Force India 187 187
5 Williams Martini Racing 83 83
6 Renault Sport F1 57 57
7 Scuderia Toro Rosso 53 53
8 Haas F1 Team 47 47
9 McLaren-Honda 30 30
10 Sauber 5 5

 

2017 FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS’ STANDINGS
Position Entrant Points Total
1 Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas 363 363
2 Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari 317 317
3 Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas 305 305
4 Kimi RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari 205 205
5 Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing 200 200
6 Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing 168 168
7 Sergio PerezSahara Force India 100 100
8 Esteban OconSahara Force India 87 87
9 Carlos SainzScuderia Toro Rosso 54 54
10 Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing 43 43
11 Nico HulkenbergRenault Sport F1 43 43
12 Lance StrollWilliams Martini Racing 40 40
13 Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team 28 28
14 Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team 19 19
15 Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda 17 17
16 Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Honda 13 13
17 Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 8 8
18 Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso 5 5
19 Pascal WehrleinSauber 5 5

 

 

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