Clip The Apex
I know you all look forward to my pointless and rambling annual review so I didn't want to disappoint. What a year 2016 wasn't. At the start of the season we had a few new drivers, some of whom look like they might be quite good. We had a new team to bring American viewers in, in their, errm, dozens to watch a series which means little to them. Renault were back too, although few noticed.
By the end of the season we did have a new World Champion though, who then promptly buggered off into the distance. We also had a new race winner and the youngest man to ever win a Grand Prix to boot. Otherwise it was all a bit 2015 with the only question being how many races Mercedes wouldn't win and in what circumstances might other drivers take the top step from the Silver Arrows.
The season started well (sic) with the introduction of an "exciting new qualifying format to mix up the grid". That went so well it was dropped after two races and I'm sure any serious F1 fan sighed a great sigh of relief. The opening race saw the inevitable Mercedes 2-1, with Nico picking up where he had left off at the end of 2015. Fernando Alonso managed the mother and father of all accidents and then got out and walked away. The safety of F1 cars has come a long way but the shunt was so bad Fernando had to sit out the Bahrain race which allowed to debut of Stoffel Vandoorne. Van Doom even manged a point in the not quite as dog rough 2016 version of the Mclaren Honda. Oh, it was yet another Mercedes 2-1 as well.
Now we were off to the former (?) communist countries of China and Russia. Nico won both races, Lewis was 7th, yes 7th, in China after losing his front wing. Lewis managed 2nd in Russia despite only qualifying 10th. Probably the most exciting thing to happen in Russia was a spat between Sebastian Vettel and Danni Kyvat. No real surprise that Vettel should have a paddy fit but Red Bull took the criticism of one of their current drivers by one of their former drivers to heart and promptly demoted Kyvat to Toro Rosso and moved Max Verstappen up to the senior team. Chrissie Horner claimed this was simply due to the talent Max was showing. He also declared that turtles can fly and that coconut pyramids taste scrumptious. All complete crap really.
Just 117 days until the first race
Figure we need a thread to chat about the upcoming season, testing, the new cars, Car launches if that happens etc. So here it is.
I'm actually excited to see the new cars on the fat tyres. Hoping they look a bit retro. Fingers crossed for Merc to screw things up over the winter to give us a more balanced 2017
PROVISIONAL 2017 WINTER TEST SCHEDULE
February 27-March 2: Barcelona, Circuit de Catalunya
March 7-10: Barcelona, Circuit de Catalunya
March 26: Melbourne, Australia