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With day one of testing in the books, what happened and what can we learn?

With the first outing of the new F1 cars, the wait was finally over and the true potential of the cars and the rule changes started to show. Cars were clearly faster than previous years, 3.2 seconds from last year’s day 1 fastest time. But how did things go for the teams?

Mercedes (152 laps):

Mercedes recorded the most number of laps split between both drivers, with Bottas taking the first run before handing the car for his teammate for the day’s second session. Hamilton had 73 laps while Bottas recorded 79. Not only did they have the longest run but Hamilton was able to score the fastest lap time of the day with 1:21:765. A solid, untroubled day 1 for the reigning champions with a reliable car on the first day.

Ferrari (128 laps):

Vettel took over for the first day and was able to record 128 laps, most driven by one driver and second for teams overall. Vettel finished the day second on the timesheets after leading the morning session. Vettel was 0.113 second away of Hamilton, knowing that Vettel scored his fastest lap time on the medium tyres unlike Hamilton whose time was recorded on the soft compound. A great run for Ferrari who looks to be back in the competition after a disappointing 2016 season.

Williams (103 laps):

Massa who decided to come out of retirement for one more season with Williams was in charge during day 1. He was able to record 103 laps, second most driver and third most between the teams. Massa was able to score the third fastest time as well almost 2 tenths of a second behind the Ferrari. Williams should be satisfied with their results for the first day.

Sauber (72 laps):

Marcus Ericsson had a smooth day and was able to have the fifth most number of laps between the drivers fourth between teams. Yet with the reliable run the Sauber failed to set a competitive time finishing last on the timesheet around 5 seconds from Hamilton. Can the team find the solution and get extra seconds out of the car?

Renault (57 laps):

Almost a full race distance covered by Renault’s newcomer Hulkenberg on his first day behind the wheel for the French team.  The German had a consistent day but his best time was around 3 seconds of the top putting him only ninth overall.

Haas (51 laps):

On his first day with the team, Magnussen drove his Haas for fourth fastest time of the first day performing 51 laps. The Danish was almost is second adrift of the top. The US based team had a good first day overall with good timing and an average amount of laps performed.

Toro Rosso (51 laps):

Sainz took out the Toro Rosso for the first day of testing running for 51 laps. The Spaniard’s fastest time put him around 2.8 seconds away from top spot and ranking it eighth overall. Not the best day for Toro Rosso.

Red Bull (50 laps):

Daniel Ricciardo caused the first red flag of the season after stopping his car at turn 4, with what was later announced by the team a sensor issue. The car was back in the garage and later a battery issue surfaced. It was a while before the Australian was back on track but he was able to recover and score 50 laps after all. His best time was 1:22:926 placing him fifth overall. Not the best start for Red Bull but they were able to bounce back and make the best of the time they were left with.

Force India (39 laps):

Sergio Perez had a good morning run in the new Force India but was later forced to stop for the afternoon. The team described the problem as a technical issue and had to stop their program for day 1. The team were ninth for the amount of laps performed while they were able to score seventh fastest time overall.

McLaren (29 laps):

Another frustrating first day of testing for McLaren with Alonso only able to record one lap in the morning before an oil system issue brought him into the pits. Alonso’s day then restarted late and was only able to perform 29 laps, fewest among all, scoring the tenth fastest time. McLaren and Honda announced that the problem was not fully solved and would have to wait for tomorrow for a full solution.

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Ferrari revealed its 2017 Formula 1 challenger in Fiorano circuit Italy, which will be called the SF70-H, to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary of the Italian mark.

The Scuderia became the second team of those who tested and developed Pirelli’s tyres last year, after Mercedes, to launch their new car.

The car features a shark-fin engine cover, with a T shaped wing attached to it, along with a very aggressive approach with the design of the sidepod inlets, turning vanes, and bargeboards.

As for the livery, after last year’s addition of white, the SF70-H features the white color only on the shark fin part of the engine cover.

Ferrari had a troubled season last year, failing to win a race and falling behind Red Bull to third place in the Constructors’ Championship.

The team will keep the same driver lineup, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with Antonio Giovinazzi appointed as a test/reserve driver.

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Lewis Hamilton went quickest on the opening day of testing for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season, with the Mercedes driver edging out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just over a tenth of a second.

This season sees the introduction of new rules aimed at making F1’s cars much quicker than previous generations and that promise was delivered upon by Hamilton, with the three-time champion posting a opening day best time of 1:21.765 – a full second quicker than the fastest time of 2016 pre-season testing, set by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton’s timesheet topper came two hours from the end of running and was set on soft tyres. The Briton also posted a total of 73 laps in the afternoon after taking over from new team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who logged 79 laps in the morning for an impressive Mercedes total of 152 laps. Bottas ended the day in sixth place with a best lap of 1:23.619.

In the morning session Bottas ran the new Mercedes W08 largely as seen at the car’s launch, without the ‘shark-fin’ engine cover present on the bulk of its rivals. However, when Hamilton took over in the afternoon, the defending Constructors’ champions introduced their own version of aerodynamic solution.

While Hamilton’s best time came on the soft compound wider Pirellis, Vettel managed to get to just over a tenth behind the Briton using the medium tyres. Indeed, Ferrari avoided using either the softer end of Pirelli’s range all day with the four-time champion moving to the hard compound at the end of the day. The German also recorded an impressive lap count, circling the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 128 times.

It was a similar story at Williams, where Felipe Massa, returning to Formula One after a brief period of retirement, posted a total of 103 laps. The Brazilian’s best time, a lap of 1:22.076 set on soft tyres, put him third at the end of the day.

US team Haas had a positive first outing. New recruit Kevin Magnussen jumped to fourth late in the session with a soft tyre time of 1:22.894.

While the top three teams on the timesheet enjoyed enviable reliability, Red Bull Racing had a troubled first day. An engine sensor problem in the morning restricted Daniel Ricciardo to just four laps and then in the early afternoon a battery issue led to more garage time.

Ricciardo was able to rejoin the action in the last two hours of the session, however, and ran faultlessly to the end to post 50 laps and record the day’s fifth fastest lap. Behind him were Force India’s Sergio Perez, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.

There were problems too for McLaren. The team suffered an oil leak in the morning and though Fernando Alonso was able to run late in the afternoon he could only manage the day’s 10th best time, three seconds adrift of Hamilton. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was 11th on the day, just over five seconds off the pace.

2017 Formula One Testing – Barcelona Test 1, Day 1


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.765s – 73
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.878s 0.113s 128
3 Felipe Massa Williams 1:22.076s 0.311s 103
4 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:22.894s 1.129s 51
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:22.926s 1.161s 50
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:23.169s 1.404s 79
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:23.709s 1.944s 39
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:24.494s 2.729s 51
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:24.784s 3.019s 57
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:24.852s 3.087s 29
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.841s 5.076s 72

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Mercedes-AMG  took today the first step on the road to the 2017 Formula One season with the official presentation of the new F1 W08 EQ Power+.
 
The new car was launched to the team's fans from the Silverstone garages via a live 360-degree broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and the Team's official website - reinforcing the "fan first" approach that has grown Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport's social media community into the sport's largest, at over 14 million people.
 
The Launch was held as part of the Team's official 100 km Filming Day, during which the F1 W08 EQ Power+ completed its first laps on Silverstone's 2.96 km International Circuit, in the hands of both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
 
The all-new F1 W08 EQ Power+ has been designed to maximize the performance opportunities offered by radically different aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 season which will probably see the new cars become the quickest in the history of the sport - while leaving sufficient scope for an in-season development rate expected to be among the fastest ever in Formula One.
 
The M08 EQ Power+ is the fourth iteration of the Turbo Hybrid generation of Power Units and has been conceived to withstand significantly increased physical loads and a more severe duty cycle under the new rules, while also maximizing potential performance developments.
 
Upon unveiling the new car, Toto Wolff commented:
 
"The new rules for 2017 were designed to make the fastest F1 cars ever through a big increase in aerodynamic performance. They should be more physical to drive and hopefully more spectacular for the fans to watch. The proof will come in the opening races but we have probably achieved that target.
 
"Of course, in terms of relative performance, it's clear that any rule change brings with it a big reset but also a big opportunity. This is the time to stay humble and keep our feet on the ground. None of the teams has raced under these rules and we all have the same points right now: zero.
 
"But the dominant feeling in the team right now is one of excitement - the factory is buzzing with anticipation. It has been a really motivating challenge to develop a brand new car concept and I have never seen our determination to succeed higher than it is right now.
 
"Of course, we had a curve ball from Nico late last year that left us scrambling a little bit in the winter. But we found a great solution with Valtteri and I am sure that he will form a strong partnership with Lewis. They have both been working hard in the factory with the technical teams and, although we have a different dynamic to manage than in recent seasons, I don't expect the competition between them to be less intense. And that's how we like it.
 
"This year, in-season development will play a big role in determining the championship outcome. None of us know where we will stand at the first race but I am confident that, whatever that position is, we have the people and the capability to deal with every challenge that comes our way. This will be the season where our full works team can show its true strength."
 
What's in a name?
 
Today's launch is not just the premiere of a new car - it also marks the global debut of a new technology label throughout the model range of Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz.
 
At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new product brand for electric mobility: EQ. The name EQ stands for "Electric Intelligence" and is derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of "Emotion and Intelligence". EQ aims to make electric mobility simple, comfortable, safe and accessible for everybody.
 
From the forthcoming facelift of the S-Class, all future Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Hybrids will carry the designation "EQ Power". And the launch of the F1 W08 EQ Power+ makes the new F1 car the first Mercedes-AMG Hybrid to receive the "EQ Power+" designation, which will be used on all future Mercedes-AMG performance hybrids.
 
The new model designation has been translated graphically into the livery of the new W08, with an electric blue visual representation of the airflow across the car running from the front wing to trailing edge of the sidepods. This distinctive signature derives from the electro-look of the Concept EQ unveiled last year.
 
A complementary, competitive driver pairing
 
One of the most significant changes for the new season sees Valtteri Bottas become just the fourth Silver Arrows driver of the modern era in 2017. Next to him in the garage will be three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who comes to the new season refreshed and reinvigorated.
 
"It's been a fantastic winter and an exciting training season for me," explained Lewis of his preparations for the increased physical demands of 2017.
 
"I've added a new element to my training regime that has kept it really enjoyable and I'm in great shape. Then I've visited the factory and that has been super encouraging to see the way in which everybody is working.
 
"After all the success we have had, people could be sitting back and resting on their achievements. So it's inspiring to see how everybody is pushing even harder than ever and taking nothing for granted at all.
 
"This is the most exciting period of the year when the car comes together - and my privilege as a driver is then to get to feel what it's like and what all the team has worked for.
 
"There's not too much point setting goals until we've really driven the car, so I'm going to go with the flow until we understand the possibilities.
 
"I'm feeling in a positive place with the team - we talked about a lot of stuff over the winter, I was able to get some things off my chest and now we are communicating better than ever and continuing to grow together.
 
"I'm the best equipped I have ever been to work with my team-mate and manage the relationship with my experience and maturity.
 
"I welcome Valtteri to the team and I know that the team will be giving us both everything they can to win the championship."
 
New arrival Valtteri Bottas is equally excited at the prospect of the new season:
 
"It's a new chapter in my career, a new team, new regulations... new everything!
 
"I've been waiting for a long time to get this car out on track and, although this is just a Filming Day, I'm looking forward to starting to test properly next week in Barcelona and to really understand the car that we've been given by everybody in Brixworth and Brackley.
 
"It has been a busy winter for me since signing with Mercedes and we have tried to make the most of the time we have had.
 
"We've been going day by day, making the most of each one, spending a lot of time in Brackley and going through as much stuff as possible with the engineers.
 
"I feel well prepared in such a short time but, of course, the learning curve is still steep and I'm getting more useful information every day. It's up to us to make the most out of the time together.
 
"In terms of my physical preparation, I think I have done the most amount of training of any winter so far. I have done some good training camps and feel in the best shape I've ever been, definitely ready for the season ahead.
 
"Right now, it's a very exciting feeling for me. I want to say a big thank you to everyone in our factories for getting this car ready to go. It's been a massive effort and I've got a lot of respect for the shape we are in at the moment.
 
"But it's only the first step - and this is where the work really begins."
 
A brand new technical challenge
 
In Formula One, major regulation changes have usually been designed to limit performance and provide the technical teams with new constraints to work within. The new rules for 2017 opened up a new and exciting challenge - the freedom to explore a more generous set of regulations, coupled with the uncertainty of not knowing exactly where targets should be set, or what will represent a good result.
 
If last year's W07 was all about refinement and elaborate, detailed evolution, the W08 project has gone back to first principles. With the car having to be designed before running the definitive 2017 tyres, and in some parts before the regulations had even been finalized, it was important to arrive quickly at a sound base architecture, while following a flexible, adaptable philosophy to allow scope for major developments during the season. With this in mind, only 17% of the components in W08 have been carried over from its predecessor, with the team's main focus lying on optimizing the car within the new aerodynamic regulations.
 
This is also the first major regulation change to occur under the Aerodynamic Testing Regulations (ATR), which limit every team to the same maximum amount of wind tunnel testing - 65 runs per week. Given the extent of the regulation changes, the first W08 concept ran in the team's 60% Brackley wind tunnel before the first race of last season and has completed over 2,000 runs during its development so far.
 
In addition to the new shapes of front and rear wing, the biggest areas of aerodynamic opportunity are the floor and the barge board area in front of the sidepods, which have been the focus of significant work. And while the performance opportunity has been significant, the design teams have also worked to improve the W08 structurally in order to withstand the substantial increases in aerodynamic and mechanical loads.
 
The Power Unit, christened M08, has also been comprehensively redesigned for the new season. Although the previous token system did not constrain power unit development since 2014, its abolition allows the technical group more freedom for engineering solutions.
 
As ever, much focus has been on the primary energy conversion opportunity - the combustion process - but there are also many opportunities for gains further downstream, including within the engine ancillaries. The new aerodynamic regulations have had a significant impact on the configuration of the engine which, as a structural component of the car, must cope with significantly greater physical loads. To maintain its structural properties, the engine is therefore slightly heavier than its predecessor.
 
In addition to this comes an increased duty cycle, with the cars expected to spend approximately 10% more of every lap at full throttle - a change that is reflected in a 5% increase in race fuel allowance for the new season. M08 has also been designed for increased durability, with only four Power Units per driver per season permitted by regulation in 2017.

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For the first time since their return to the Formula 1 championship as an independent team, Mercedes AMG launched their car on Thursday without the current drivers’ champion Nico Rosberg who decided to retire five days after being crowned world champion. Although, losing a world champion from the grid is something no fan would wish for, the retirement of Rosberg nevertheless set off a chain of interesting events that won’t just affect the 2017 grid only but also might have a huge effect on the 2018 season, yet it would hugely affect the Mercedes team also.

Everyone was excited to see the new Mercedes W08, which impressed most if not all Formula 1 fans with the new look following the new rule changes and impressive body and paint work details the team put together. However the car was not just what everyone was waiting for. The car release was the first time the new driving partners, Hamilton and Bottas, were together in front of the media. Such incident will not have such interest if it weren’t for the history this team had between Rosberg and Hamilton and the rivalry that spiced things up on several occasions. Mercedes had Q&A’s set up following the car launch, and the hype lived up to the expectations.

Lewis Hamilton was up first and as usual the Englishman turned the competition up. The Brit, who lost his title last year following two dominating seasons, was clear admitting he is working hard to recover his title. He added that he was working hard on his mistakes and weaknesses and went further revealing he’s also keeping an eye on his rivals’ strengths and weaknesses especially his teammate. Hamilton is clearly not giving up on winning his fourth title or reducing his competitiveness but will he have an intense rivalry with his new teammate or things will be less tense in the new era?

Valtteri Bottas ended the rounds of interviews and launch day at Silverstone and the new comer is clearly setting his sights up high. From the start of the interview he made it clear he wanted to win races and having the eyes on the prize. When asked if he will bring the fight to his new teammate, he confidently answered he is going to else he would be at home. The Fin was clear he was ready to fight for wins and to fill the shoes of a champion he is replacing.

With the new duo going into the new season they surely will have part of the spotlight on them whether the rivalry will be tense or not. Both drivers made sure to deliver a message that none of them was backing down and that they are both prepared for the challenges next season. Who will have the upper hand at the end is a question everyone is waiting for its answer.

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Force India launched its 2017 season today offering fans and media their first look at the team’s new car, the VJM10. Silverstone circuit was the venue as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon pulled back the covers to reveal the team’s dynamic new look including an updated livery and expanded partner portfolio. 
 
The VJM10’s new aerodynamic package is guaranteed to get heads turning, while the silver and orange livery retains the team’s traditional colours with a fresh twist. Branding from Johnnie Walker appears on the rear wing and top of chassis marking the start of a partnership with the whisky brand. Telecommunications brands Claro, Telcel and Infinitum continue their partnerships for a fourth season, while NEC branding remains on the engine cover.
 
Motor oil brand, Quaker State, continues its relationship with the team, as does long-time partner, Kingfisher, with its logo positioned on the engine cover. The VJM10 headrests carry eye-catching Hype Energy branding, while the team's newest partner, FXTM, takes up a position on the rear of the sidepod. The team also welcomes eyewear brand, LDNR, with its logo on the front wing end plate.
 
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, was the first to praise the VJM10: “I can’t remember being more excited ahead of a new season. The VJM10 looks aggressive and purposeful, and is the result of a huge effort behind the scenes over the last twelve months. We have big hopes for this car, which looks stunning in its new livery.”
 
With a complete overhaul of technical regulations, the VJM10 represents a clean sheet of paper in terms of design. “This year the cars are completely new and nothing can be carried over from previous years,” explained Chief Operating Officer, Otmar Szafnauer. “Although we have completely new aerodynamics on the VJM10, it’s fair to say that our aero philosophy is very similar to 2015 and 2016.”
 
Technical Director, Andrew Green, explained how the team has relished the challenge presented by the new rules and expects huge scope for in-season development: “It’s definitely a big overhaul; one that requires a change in mentality. It took a bit of time to adjust at first, but we are there now and I am confident we know where to look and where the performance is coming from with this car. The development slope is incredibly steep and we are going to see significant updates to the cars at regular intervals, right from the start; it’s going to be big updates and I don’t think development will start to taper off any time soon.”
 
Vijay Mallya remained cautious on setting a target for the season, preferring to reserve judgement until the racing begins: “Simply repeating our performance level of 2016 will be a big task in itself. I don’t want to set goals or targets other than to say that we intend to maintain the momentum we have built up in recent years and carry it into the new season. There are too many unknowns to say more than this.”

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Antonio Giovinazzi will test the newly released Sauber C36 at next week's first 2017 Formula 1 test at Barcelona, replacing their injured race driver Pascal Wehrlein and sharing a car with Marcus Ericsson.

The Italian, who won five races en-route to becoming last year's GP2 Series vice-champion behind PREMA Racing teammate Pierre Gasly, was previously announced at the Scuderia Ferrari reserve driver, and has already driven the Italian marque's 2015 car alongside his regular simulator work at the team's factory.

Wehrlein injured his back and neck in an accident at the Race of Champions, when the the German rolled his car after crossing the finish line in his race with Felipe Massa.

Wehrlein initially showed no sign of injury, but subsequent tests have ruled him out of the test in order to give him time to heal.

The Formula 1 teams will only run one car each during the pre-season tests, and due to the physicality of the 2017 cars drivers are not expected to be able to carry out more than two consecutive days of testing, leaving GP2 race winner Ericsson in need of another driver to help with the load for the first test, which runs in Barcelona from February 27 to March 2.

A second Formula 1 test will also be carried out in Barcelona, from March 7-10.

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Renault Sport Formula One Team today launched its 2017 challenger, the R.S.17, at a showcase event in front of international media and team partners, inLondon, England.


The launch was the first public revealing of the new Renault Sport brand identity, designed toprovide a stronger link between Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars.


Powered by Renault Sport Racing’s R.E.17 power unit, the R.S.17 has no carry over parts from the R.S.16. The team has worked from a clean sheet of paper to respond to Formula 1’s latest regulations. It is the first Formula 1 car designed from the outset by Renault Sport Racing from its two locations in Enstone, England and Viry-Châtillon, France.


Present at the launch were Thierry Koskas, Groupe Renault Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jérôme Stoll, President and Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, as well as Renault Sport Formula One Team’s senior management and drivers, and Alain Prost as Renault Sport Racing Special Advisor.


The R.S.17 was unveiled by race drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer, whilst Third and Reserve Driver Sergey Sirotkin was also announced today. The car was unveiled with the hashtag #RS17Launch.


The 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up was also confirmed, with Jack Aitken, Max Fewtrell, Jarno Opmeer and Sun Yue Yang all being supported by Renault Sport Racing through their 2017 seasons. Jack will contest the GP3 Series, whilst Max, Jarno and Sun will contest the Formula Renault Eurocup in an historic-high 30-cars-grid.


Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing said: “The R.S.17 is the first car which Enstone and Viry have been able to plan and develop from the outset and we’re satisfied by the fruits of this interaction. It’s a beautiful car."
Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director added : "For 2017 we are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire. The R.S.17 is the result of many long working hours spent over our two integrated locations and the result is a car we can be proud of. We have a strong line-up of personnel at all levels of the team and we’re proud to see Nico and Sergey join Jolyon in 2017."

"We are joined by a strong group of partners with BP, Castrol, MAPFRE and SMP Racing representing the best pre-season sponsorship acquisition campaign in the paddock."

"We are the fastest growing F1 team and we now need to prove our performance on track. Our objective is to score points at every round."

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Formula 1’s pre-season testing kicks off tomorrow, with it the cars set free to start recording their first runs and miles. Testing is crucial for teams, with the fastest times being technically worthless, what should we expect and look for in this period?

While the overall car looks and colors have already been set, vehicles will have several changes from the launching versions seen last week. Teams will try various set ups as well as different parts. So the final look is yet to be set for the cars, and observers should expect several modifications over the eight days of testing.

The changes are usually with small technical and aerodynamic parts. But for a major change, an eye is to be kept on the shark fin and T-wing. In fact, the already launched cars have different models. For example, several reports claim that the defending champions Mercedes, who launched their car with a T-wing without a shark fin, have another model that includes a shark fin.

Although leading the timesheets is meaningless during the testing period, several other significant data can be interesting. The first and most important data to keep an eye on is mileage. Teams will be aiming to maximize their run durations and mileage with several scenarios being run. The number of laps performed would give great indications about the new power units, stability and functionality.

With the new rules, the cars are expected to be significantly faster than the previous years and this is a major change that interests the whole F1 world. A taste of this change will be given during the test. Even if most cars don’t run full power during their laps, the upgrade from previous years will be available.

Even though the season is yet to start, the competition might already be under way and the suspense is starting to build. Who will have the most stable car? Who will run the most miles? Who will face problems? All these questions will be answered over the course of the next two weeks of testing and hopefully, they will indicate that the next year is set to be outstanding.

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Williams F1 team confirmed that Paul Di Resta will remain as its official Reserve Driver for the 2017 Formula 1 season.
 
Di Resta made his Formula One debut in 2009 as a test driver with the Force India Formula One Team, after winning the European Formula 3 Championship in 2006. Paul went on to secure the DTM title in 2010 before making his Formula One debut in 2011 with Force India where he spent three seasons with the team, scoring a total of 121 points.
 
He became Reserve Driver for Williams in 2016, and for the 2017 season he will once again spend extensive time with the team at races to ensure he is fully accustomed to the controls and procedures of the Williams Mercedes FW40, should he be required to step into the cockpit during the season.
 
Speaking about remaining at the team Di Resta said: “I am delighted to remain at Williams as Reserve Driver for the 2017 season. I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the controls and procedures of the FW40 and understanding the new regulations."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Claire and everyone at Williams for their continued support in being part of the team.”
 
Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams added: “It’s great for us to retain someone with Paul’s experience in the team. His extensive Formula One knowledge will once again be invaluable, especially with new regulations in place for the 2017 season."
"Paul has been a great asset to the team over the past year and it is great that we will be able to continue working with him again in 2017.” 
 
 
 

         

 

 

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