Alex Palmer Writes...
How good is this revamped website? I will admit to a few technical challenges (turned out to be a "PBSAK" error) but hopefully normal service has now resumed. Or at least as normal as I can get.

There is the start of a winter chill in the air, Melbournians are complaining about the traffic chaos around Albert Park, Daniel Ricciardo is on EVERY TV show day and night (bet Webber doesn't miss that!), drivers and team staff are tweeting selfies from various tourist attractions and complaining about jetlag, and there is a story about Bernie Eccelstone in the local papers. All this can only mean one thing - F1 is BACK baby!!

In case you don't have time to read up on all the off-season happenings, here's the bare minimum you need to know before you head to the track or curl up on the couch (or set the alarm for my northern hemisphere friends):

1. Caterham won't be on the grid, their team has been sold for scrap (well, not really but just about everything they owned has been sold to pay the creditors).

2. Despite what you might see in pit lane, Marussia are NOT on the grid. Well, technically they aren't.....the team is know known by their official former name "Manor GP" but they are using Marrusia 2014 chassis ( which passed crash testing but didn't get to testing so it's anyone's guess whether they will make the race start). Will Stevens will pilot one car, as for the other.......anyone got a spare million Euro to contribute to funding my F1 dream?

3. Bianchi is still very unwell, but has been moved to France and some reports say he is breathing on his own. We here at (along with the whole F1 community) continue to wish him a speedy recovery.

4. Jenson Button got married, Lewis Hamilton broke up with his girlfriend (again), Kimi's son Robin was born in January and Grosjean announced about a month ago he and his wife are expecting baby number 2 during the northern summer.

5. Drivers can't change helmet designs this year, they have to pick one and stick with it. Will make the commentators lives a bit easier.

6. There are some teams with confusing driver pairings this year. Red Bull have Daniil and Daniel, Williams have Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr (seriously!) and 75%of the grid seem to be driving silver-coloured cars. will make the commentators lives a bit harder.

7. Melbourne race starts an hour earlier this year to avoid the twilight and apparently make it safer. Really?? I thought it was so that all of us who have to go to work here in Melbourne on Monday get an extra hour to sober up after the race.....

More later in the week. Why not leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts on the season ahead?

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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
18KvyatToro Rosso5
22GaslyToro Rosso0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

3Red Bull368
4Force India187
7Toro Rosso53