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2017 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Morio.
Champion Constructor: AMG Mercedes (DE,4,11)
Putative Constructor: AMG Mercedes (DE)
Champion Driver: Lewis Hamilton (GB,4,4)
Putative Driver: Lewis Hamilton (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F1 W08, 1.6-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, ERS-K, turbocharged, eight-speed semi-automatic paddled, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/aluminum honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-push/pull-rod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 745 horsepower (Aldo Costa, James Allison, Geoff Willis, Mike Elliott).

Liberty Media in early 2017 purchases a majority stake in Formula 1 from CVC Capital Partners as former constructor Ross Brown assumes control of the sport from longtime supremo Bernie Ecclestone after his extremely successful forty-one year run. The sanctioning body also revises its on-track passing regulations and declares that any in-race maneuver that imperils another driver stands subject to penalty, begins testing of a proposed new cockpit shield protection system at Silverstone in July, and makes a series of numerous minor adjustments to the technical specifications for the pending season. Scuderia Ferrari shows a threatening heartbeat in 2017 yet still proves no match for the AMG Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power Plus entry that takes twelve races and again sprints away to its fourth consecutive constructors' title. Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel returns to prior form and leads the grid through midseason before Lewis Hamilton (nine victories) again finds his center at Spa in September and overtakes the German for his third consecutive and fourth overall drivers' crown. The seventy-fifth running at Monaco in May features the first victory by Scuderia Ferrari since the 2001 season as well as the first cross by Sebastian Vettel since 2011. Lewis Hamilton ascends as the all-time career leader in pole position performances with his 69th capture at Spa in September, supplanting the great Michael Schumacher. Lewis Hamilton wins three consecutive races between late August and season end. F1 makes its final visit to Sepang in October. Felipe Massa retires from full-time racing at season end.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Mercedes275     Hamilton L165
Scuderia Ferrari191     Vettel134
Red Bull TAG121     Bottas121
Force India Mercedes18     Ricciardo66
Williams Mercedes8     Raikkonen62
Renault5     Verstappen M55

Noteworthy 2017 Races

2017 LXXV Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2017 2017 LXXV Grand Prix de Monaco At the seventy-fifth running of the Grand Prix de Monaco (260.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari SF70H under Sebastian Vettel (DE) in 1:44:44.3 (average 92.65 mph), under four seconds ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Kimi Räikkönen. Vettel moves out front after passing teammate Räikkönen on Lap 35 of 78 after final service before motoring away for his first cross in the principality since the 2011 season and first for the Scuderia since 2001. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
2017 I Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku, Azerbaijan2017 2017 I Azerbaijan Grand Prix At Baku for the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix (306.5 kilometers) in June, an Austrian Red Bull RB13 TAG Heuer under Daniel Ricciardo (AU) takes race honors in 2:03:55.6 (average 92.07 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Mercedes driven by Valtteri Bottas. The race turns on Lap 19 of 51 after points leader Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari inexplicably collides with the rear of contender Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes under a caution condition. As Vettel angrily alleges over his radio that the collision resulted from brake-testing by Hamilton, the contest continues until a loose headrest on the Hamilton entry attributable to his earlier tangle with Vettel prompts Race Control to retire the Briton from the contest on Lap 31. Vettel anxiously awaits a decision by the stewards on his set-to with Hamilton and receives to his extreme dismay a ten-second penalty on Lap 33, thus gifting the virtual lead to an unsuspecting Ricciardo, who drives without error to the finish. Photo Credit: Pixel 8000.