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Expensive News – Formula 1 promises to be faster in 2017 despite heavier cars

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Formula 1 promises to be faster in 2017 despite heavier cars

F1 will be faster in 2017 despite heavier cars

This year’s cars will weigh at least 1,605 pounds.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

Formula 1 promises to be faster in 2017 despite heavier cars

MORE WEIGHT IN F1 CARS THIS SEASON WON’T NECESSARILY EQUATE TO SLOWER SPEEDS

Cars may be getting heavier, but the 2017 Formula 1 grid will still be considerably faster.According to Speed Week, a German-language publication, cars will be heavier than ever this season. The magazine points out that the minimum weight trend in F1 has been moving steadily upward since the 1970s when the cars weighed just over 1,102 pounds.Last season it was just over 1,543 pounds, but for 2017, reports say the cars will have to weigh at least 1,605 pounds — 13 pounds heavier than in the 2016 season.

That’s because the 2017 rules allow a late weight change to accommodate the much bigger and wider Pirelli tires for what F1 hopes will be a new, faster era.

However, there seems to be little concern among the teams that extra weight will offset the predicted speed boost this year, as lap times should still be four to five seconds quicker.

“Some of 2016’s ‘corners’ will be classified as ‘straights,'” said McLaren technical boss Tim Goss.

The expected increased speed will put more g-force loads on the drivers, who are responding by training hard in the offseason — bulking up, increasing aerobic fitness and focusing on strengthening their necks.

“I’m really hoping that we’ll be able to take turn three at Barcelona flat this year,” said rookie Stoffel Vandoorne. “I’ve still only driven it in the sim, but using our current predictions, it should be flat — whether it actually will be, we’ll have to wait and see.”

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