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We’re Nuts about Formula 1 – here’s our post-testing and pre-season run down

F1 testing Ferrari and Red Bull

The Formula 1 pre-season testing is now complete so we know who was fastest, fiercest, went furthest and we are more excited than ever for the furious fun to kick off on 26th March with The Australian Grand Prix.

The 10 teams and 22 drivers all faced off over two, four day test spells at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona and it was Ferrari that set the pace coming out on top with the fastest lap being clocked by Kimi Raikkonen just under 1minute 19 seconds.

There was only 5 seconds between the whole pack, with Mercedes, Williams and Red Bull hot on Ferraris heels.

Now it’s not just about the speed, the best way to look at a team’s performance is the reliability which can be seen in how many laps were completed and with how long between pit stops – and on this front it was the Mercedes engine cars that came out on top with McLaren’s Honda engine bringing up the rear.

Finally the drivers: with the unexpected retirement of last season’s champ Nico Rosberg its Valtteri Bottas who joins former champion Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. There is the usual switching and changing between teams and then another driver change on the retirement front is Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to race alongside Lance Stroll as team mates at Williams.

Tune in to channel 4 and on sky sports for all the seasons action.

Formula 1 2017 line up


9th Chinese Grand Prix
16th Bahrain Grand Prix
30th Russian Grand Prix


14th Spanish Grand Prix
28th Monaco Grand Prix


11th Canadian Grand Prix
25th European Grand Prix - Azerbaijan


9th Austrian Grand Prix
16th British Grand Prix at Silverstone
30th Hungarian Grand Prix


27th Belgian Grand Prix


3rd Italian Grand Prix
17th Singapore Grand Prix


1st Malaysian Grand Prix
8th Japanese Grand Prix
22nd USA Grand Prix
29th Mexican Grand Prix


12th Brazilian Grand Prix
26th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Formula 1 2017 team and driver line up

MercedesLewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen

Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi

Force IndiaSergio Perez and Esteban Ocon

WilliamsFelipe Massa and Lance Stroll

McLaren – Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne and Jenson Button 

Toro Rosso – Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat

HaasRomain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

RenaultNico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer

Sauber Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein

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