Alex Palmer Writes...
With the paddock assembling in Monza, the big news seems to be that Lewis Hamilton has turned up in the paddock with blonde hair - oh, and a new tattoo of an eagle. Seems he just went to the hairdresser and decided to change things up, which I can relate to I suppose. It is just amusing that on a day when Korea was formally removed from the 2015 calendar (not a surprise for anyone I think), Williams confirmed they have retained Bottas and Massa, and McLaren announced another 15 grid spot penalties for their drivers (10 for Alonso, 5 for Button) and Rosberg confirmed his baby daughter's name still hasn't been settled, it's Hamilton's hair that's making the big headlines.

OK - I hear you, more engine penalties for McLaren isn't really big news.

Rumors persist that Renault are circling the Lotus team and we may see 'Lotus-Renault' back on the grid in 2016. Grosjean seems to have settled into the team and is performing reasonably well, one wonders whether a Renault-backed team will still be dependent on Maldonado's sponsorship dollars or whether they might be able to bring in a decent driver? And with Haas F1 still to name their 2016 drivers a Lotus-Renault team might open the door for some of the talented GP2 drivers to get a seat in the main game.

It also seems that Mercedes have now used all their engine tokens for this year also, which may open the door for more interesting races in the coming months if other teams continue to bring engine upgrades through. With wet practice and qualifying predicted, we might see a more random grid than usual but I do expect the Mercedes to once again dominate.

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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

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes363
2VettelFerrari317
3BottasMercedes305
4RäikkönenFerrari205
5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
10HulkenbergRenault43
11MassaWilliams43
12StrollWilliams40
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren17
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes668
2Ferrari522
3Red Bull368
4Force India187
5Williams83
6Renault57
7Toro Rosso53
8Haas47
9McLaren30
10Sauber5