With the 2017 Formula One season due to get underway in Australia next month, we thought we would put together an A to Z of the upcoming championship season…
A is for: Albert Park Australia, the first race of the season on March 26th.
B is for: Bernie Ecclestone, the man who won’t be at the head of the sport this year after being ousted as CEO in January.
C is for: Championship, and we should have a good one in 2016 as we watch Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton go head to head.
D is for: Danger, something many are predicting will be greater in 2017 due to the new regulations.
E is for: Energy that is ever present from the moment the cars fire up until the moment they are packed away.
F is for: Felipe Massa, who has returned to Williams after retiring in 2016.
G is for: Germany, which will be missing from the 2017 calendar after failing to negotiate a new deal with FOM
H is for: Nico Hulkenberg, who will be looking to Renault for much needed improvements this season
I is for: Intent, something Lewis Hamilton will be on reclaiming the F1 world crown that he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016.
J is for: Jenson Button, who won’t be on the grid this year, the first time in 17 years.
K is for: Kimi Raikkonen, who really needs to have a strong season or risk losing his drive with Ferrari.
L is for: Lance Stroll, the only rookie on the 2017 grid.
M is for: Monaco, the most prestigious round on the calendar.
N is for: New aero regulations in 2017
O is for: Overtaking, something we should see more of in 2017.
P is for: Penalties, hopefully fans will see less of these this season with more lenience around driver errors.
Q is for: Qualifying and the hope for a mix of different teams and drivers at the front of the grid.
R is for: Ross Brawn, who is now the Motorsport Director of Formula One.
S is for: Spectators who will flock to the circuits in droves around the world just to see their heroes in action.
T is for: Tension that should be missing from Mercedes now Nico Rosberg has retired.
U is for: Underdog, who will be missing from this year’s grid after they were forced into Administration in January.
V is for: Sebastian Vettel, who is hoping his Ferrari will be able to challenge for victories this season.
W is for: Wider Pirelli tyres, the fronts going to 305mm and the rears to 405mm
X is for: eXtreme racing as we watch the like of Max Verstappen carve his way through the field to challenge for victory
Y is for: Yellow flags, something we are sure there will be many of throughout the season
Z is for: Zero Throttle, who will bring you all the news and views all season long.