THE MAIN EVENT

F1 Racing - - RACE PREVIEW -

Fi­nally, F1 2017 is here. Af­ter months of hard work, the open­ing grand prix of the new sea­son is where the teams will fi­nally find out just how com­pet­i­tive their new cars re­ally are, for the stop­watch never lies. And this year, there’s the tan­ta­lis­ing prospect of the tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions bring­ing about a whole­sale shake-up in the com­pet­i­tive or­der.

Pirelli will bring three tyre com­pounds to each race, and, as last year, the soft and su­per­soft will be used here. But while last year’s third com­pound was the medium tyre, this year the ul­tra­soft will be used, ad­ding a strate­gic twist.

Al­bert Park is a tem­po­rary cir­cuit, which means driv­ers of­ten strug­gle in prac­tice be­fore the track rub­bers in, due to a lack of grip. And with the bar­ri­ers so close to the edge of the track, there is a high propen­sity for Safety Cars.

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