REV THE ENGINES
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