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Hamilton favourite in 2017 F1 odds despite new teammate and regulations
Lewis Hamilton is the early bookies’ favourite to win the 2017 Formula One Drivers’ Championship following the shock retirement of his Mercedes teammate and 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg just days after the conclusion of last season, writes Nick.
This year’s championship will represent the first time since 1994 that the previous year’s champion will not be part of the grid. Rosberg has been replaced by the former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who has shown very solid pace in his four years in the sport to date but is unlikely to seriously challenge Hamilton in their first year as teammates. Indeed Bottas is as long as 5/1 fourth favourite in the F1 odds.
Mercedes have won each of the last three drivers’ and Constructors’ championships and it is therefore understandable that Hamilton has been installed as the pre-season favourite. However, a continuation of their dominance is not guaranteed because this year sees the biggest set of regulation changes since the switch to V6 engines back in 2014.
The changes are primarily designed around improving the spectacle, with wider tyres and lower rear-wings certain to increase cornering speeds, while changes to the front-wing specifications should allow cars to follow closely behind those in front of them without losing too much downforce. Faster lap times and increased overtaking is the pitch.
Whether that translates to reality remains to be seen but what is clear is that the new regulations will place greater importance on aerodynamics.
That has generally been one of Red Bull’s strong points and if Renault can also close the gap to Mercedes on the engine front, the Milton Keynes-based squad are likely to be potent contenders in 2017. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen recorded a victory apiece last season and will expect to have an opportunity to do so more regularly this time around.
In 2016, Ferrari went winless for the second time in three seasons and regular personnel changes behind the scenes do little to provide confidence that they will be able to take a significant step forward this year, despite possessing one of the biggest budgets on the grid. Drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have been retained but they represent about the only stable thing at Ferrari right now.
Force India finished a highly impressive fourth in the constructers’ championship last season and are again hopeful of causing a few upsets in 2017. Sergio Perez remains with the team after a strong campaign last time out and is joined by young Mercedes protege Esteban Ocon, who impressed in his outings for Manor during the second half of last season.
Williams only secured one podium in 2016 and it remains to be seen how well they can adapt to the new regulations given that aerodynamic performance has not been considered one of their recent strongpoints. A significant financial injection provided young Canadian driver Lance Stroll with a seat for 2017, while Felipe Massa has come out of a brief retirement to provide some continuity following Bottas’ move to Mercedes.
McLaren made clear progress last season, recovering from a disastrous 2015 to finish sixth in the championship, with Fernando Alonso a semi-regular points scorer. With unlimited development now allowed, Honda can be expected to close the gap to the quicker engines, while the new regulations should suit recent hires on the technical side at McLaren. Impressive young Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne will join Alonso in hoping that is the case.
Renault returned to Formula One as a manufacturer outfit last season after buying out the Lotus team but limped through the campaign with a car that had originally been designed for a Mercedes engine. They have the necessary budget to move up the field this time around and have hired a quick and consistent driver in Nico Hulkenberg. But internal squabbles could limit their ability to progress as quickly as their parent company may expect to.
Toro Rosso should be quick in 2017 after finishing seventh in the constructers’ championship last season despite running a year-old Ferrari engine. Carlos Sainz has already proved himself to be a highly competent young driver and with this year’s Renault engine now behind him, he and the team should at least be regular points scorers.
Haas performed very solidly in their debut season last time out, with three points finishes in the opening four races from Romain Grosjean sending them on their way to an eighth place finish in the constructors’ standings. It will be interesting to see how well they perform this time around given the financial and infrastructural challenges presented by the new regulations.
Sauber have received an injection of funding from new investors and have made some very solid staff hires that should bode well for the future. They are, however, likely to struggle for pace, particularly as 2017 rolls on, as they will be running last year’s Ferrari engine throughout the season. They will hope to pick up early points with strong reliability.
At time of writing, Manor’s participation in 2017 remains up in the air. They went into administration in early January but reports suggest that design and moulding work on a new chassis has been completed and that they should be able to get onto the grid if they can find a buyer.
- With new regulations and a variety of personnel changes in the teams, the 2017 season might see a change from the old guard. Keep up to date with the F1 odds from the best of the online bookmakers using the Formula 1 betting comparison tables above and check back here as the season progresses.