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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Colin Vick­ery

IT’S the calm be­fore the storm. For­mula One mo­tor rac­ing is set to in­tro­duce sweep­ing changes in 2017.

The new tech­ni­cal specs could be a gamechanger, giv­ing po­ten­tial three-se­cond lap im­prove­ments to driv­ers will­ing to be ag­gres­sive around cir­cuits.

The cur­rent sea­son, be­gin­ning with this week’s Aus­tralian Grand Prix, sees the in­tro­duc­tion of the new Haas team. There’s a whop­ping 21 races across the year and ex­haust sys­tems have been mod­i­fied to im­prove en­gine noise.

“The driv­ers and teams will be re­lieved to get rac­ing,” Aussie for­mer For­mula One driver Mark Web­ber (below) says.

“They’ve been do­ing a lot of test­ing and now they’re happy to come down here.”

Web­ber never stops. The 39-year-old traded For­mula One for the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship with Porsche. He sealed his first driv­ers’ ti­tle last year.

“It was nice to fin­ish For­mula One on a high,” he says.

Web­ber will be com­men­tat­ing for Ten along­side Matt White, for­mer F1 World Cham­pion Alan Jones and Daryl Beat­tie.

AUS­TRALIAN FOR­MULA ONE GRAND PRIX ONE, FRI­DAY 10.30AM; TEN, SATUR­DAY AND NEXT SUN­DAY, 9AM

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