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It had to happen sooner or later. 2017 sees F1 saying farewell to Bernie Ecclestone as a new era in Formula 1 begins with Liberty Media.

Bernie transformed F1 into one of the largest sports in the world over the last 40 years and will be missed. He was often criticised for not doing more to embrace social media and digital entertainment platforms to reach a wider and younger fanbase, but perhaps that was part of making F1 attractive to a buyer such as Liberty Media.

Under the leadership of Chase Carey we wait to see what innovations Liberty Media will bring to enhance F1 and if the much talked about opportunity in the US market can become a reality.

In recent years the sport of Formula 1 has seen young drivers make their way onto the grid. This year Max Verstappen is planned to make his debut in Australia at the age of 17 Years, 5 Months, 13 Days.

Of the current generation a number of drivers have proven that teenage drivers are capable of establishing themselves with in the sport. The following list of drivers all started their F1 careers while still teenagers, not a bad list!

  • Fernando Alonso
  • Filipe Massa
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Jaime Alguersuari
  • Daniil Kvyat

Irrespective, the FIA has now deemed that drivers have to be 18 years or older to qualify for a super licence, all drivers in F1 require such a licence. Additionally the driver must have competed in at least 2 full seasons in feeder series.

So lock the name Max Verstappen away for trivia nights as it appears he will have the honour of being the youngest driver to start a Formula 1 race, for eternity.

Testing will shortly start for the 2017 season. We wait to see if Mercedes can maintain the advantage with the rule changes or if RedBull or Ferrari can catch up.
Date Venue Fastest Team
27 February 2017 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
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1 March 2017 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
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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
1HamiltonMercedes306
2VettelFerrari247
3BottasMercedes234
4RicciardoRed Bull192
5RäikkönenFerrari148
6VerstappenRed Bull111
7PerezForce India82
8OconForce India65
9SainzToro Rosso48
10HulkenbergRenault34
11MassaWilliams34
12StrollWilliams32
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas15
15VandoorneMcLaren13
16AlonsoMcLaren10
17PalmerRenault8
18WehrleinSauber5
19KvyatToro Rosso4
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GiovinazziSauber0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes540
2Ferrari395
3Red Bull303
4Force India147
5Williams66
6Toro Rosso52
7Haas43
8Renault42
9McLaren23
10Sauber5