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This is how F1 will look in 2017 and we have reactions from around the paddock and beyond.
By Alexandra McCarthy

After what feels like a very long winter break, pre-season testing for 2017 is just around the corner.

But before F1 jets off to testing in Barcelona, we round up the best reactions during launch week.


There's been a lot of buzz around how the 2017 season will shape up given the extreme regulation changes, and so far fans haven't been disappointed.

The 2017 cars are very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and the RB13 is no exception. Red Bull Racing have stuck with the matt paint look, but when applied to the bigger, burlier car it looks better than ever.

And now some sisterly love from Scuderia Toro Rosso.


F1 driver Carlos Sainz pictured in the new look 2017 model Toro Rosso STR12 Formula One car
New car, new look: Carlos Sainz in his new STR12 © Guido de Bortoli / Red Bull Content Pool

The STR12 has been creating waves across the internet since the team revealed a dramatic new look for their 2017 car. 

The team will also be returning to a full-spec Renault engine for the forthcoming season, so keep an eye out to see what magic Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat can create on track. 

Haas VF-1

Haas launched their 2017 car and the most notable difference between the VF-17 and its peers is the 'shark fin' feature we've been seeing all week. The shark fin has been criticised for looking ugly, so Haas came up with a perfectly good suggestion and painted theirs.

This will only be the team's second year in F1, so all eyes will be on them to see where they land in the pecking order.


All set #mcl32 #changeyourgame @mclaren

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The anticipation for the reveal of the MCL32 was high this morning and as the cover was pulled back at the McLaren headquarters a collective gasp from thousands of F1 fans could be heard across the globe.

While the switch to an orange and black livery wasn't a complete surprise, the overall appearance of the McLaren was enough to make you choke on your morning coffee. 

The lastest member of the Young Driver Programme, Lando Norris, likes the look of his future. 

Even Mercedes had their say on the new look:


The prancing horse was unveiled via a short-but-sweet online video stream and, as always, it radiated the classic Ferrari red. Like Mercedes, the Italian team have opted to add a high, thin wing in front of the rear wing, attaching it to the shark fin.

Sounds a bit complicated, right? Take a look at this highly technical diagram:

Dutch racing driver Tim Coronel likes what he sees.


Mercedes opted for a different format for the launch of their 2017 challenger, debuting the W08 on track with driver Lewis Hamilton at the wheel.  

And whether you were watching online or through Hamilton's live Instagram feed, once again the latest, and potentially the greatest, 2017 car looks to have taken a completely different interpretation of the new regulations. Who has it right so far?



Again we waited in an anticipation for the black cover to be peeled back, and boy did Force India deliver... A lot of silver. And a whole lot of nose. 

So far we have seen three very different takes on the 2017 regulations, what will Mercedes have for us tomorrow?


The black and yellow RS17 revealed
The shark fin on the RS17 attracts the eye © Renault Sports

Less yellow, more black. There's no doubt that Renault's 2017 car looks bigger and badder than last year. 

However all the attention seems to have fallen on the driver's race suits. They will certainly be turning a few heads on the grid this year...

Sauber C36

No doubt the Sauber C36 will glimmer on the grid with the gold lining they've added to their livery. Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson is definitely a fan of his "new office". 

Williams FW40

© Wiliams

Williams have been the first of the teams to release imagery of their 2017 car, and it shows just how dramatically different they will look this year. Judging by Felipe Massa's reaction, he's pretty happy to continue in F1 for another year. 

F1 2017 Launches

Williams – February 17

Sauber – February 20

Renault – February 21

Force India – February 22

Mercedes – February 23

Ferrari – February 24

McLaren – February 24

Scuderia Toro Rosso – February 26

Haas F1 – February 26

Red Bull Racing – February 26

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