Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016

2017 cars will be ‘four to five seconds faster’

2016 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

The FIA has revised its expectation of how much quicker Formula One cars will be in 2017 following changes to the planned technical rules for next season.

According to a statement from the World Motor Sport Council today the sport’s governing body expects lap times to fall “by approximately 4-5 seconds on most circuits” next year.

The Strategy Group originally envisaged a gain of five to six seconds when it announced its plan to overhaul the technical rules next year.

Since then it has emerged next year’s cars will weigh more, a planned reintroduction of refuelling will not go ahead and the planned aerodynamic changes have been scaled back. These would all have the effect of making the cars slower, but the FIA’s revelation today suggests the effect on car performance will be kept to a minimum.

The final technical regulations for 2017 have still not been finalised. However the WMSC today agreed to extend the deadline for framing the regulations until April 30th 2016.

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