What will F1 be like in 2017 Created by: Nick Jambrosic

The 2016 F1 season is officially in the books with Nico Rosberg as our world champion. As the drivers are taking their much needed rest over the winter break, teams are already hard at work focusing on next years rules and regulations. Whether it's the tyres, engines, aerodynamics or the drivers. Here is what you can look forward to in the 2017 season.

What's happening to the tyres?

Pirelli shows off new, wider range of tyres for 2017 at Yas Marina paddock on November 24th.

In 2017, the FIA has announced that tyres for the upcoming season will be around 25 percent wider. The fronts will see an increase up from 245mm to 305, while the rears will be up from 325mm to 405. The diameter of the tyres will increase ever so slightly, while the rims will stay true to their roots at 13-inches.

In order to prepare for next season, Pirelli was be able to use 25 car days of testing with top teams such as Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull who provided the "mule" cars for the track. The new tyres along with the aerodynamic changes will play a huge part in creating faster lap times.

The wider tyres and increased down force will give the drivers more mechanical grip, which will allow the drivers to break deeper into the corners and accelerate sooner and faster.

"Next year, the new cars will be four to five seconds faster and the tyres will contribute 2.5 seconds, demonstrating how important they are," Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

How will the new cars compare to the old?

Photo: skysports.com

Let's take a look a the two cars side by side thanks to technical illustrator, Giorgio Piola.

By taking a look at the 2016 vs 2017 car, we immediately notice a change in the rear wing (1). It's lower and wider, much like everything else on the car. The tyres (2), overall width (3) and front wing (4) are all stretched out to make the car faster and look more aggressive.

Although much the same from the back, it really showcases the change in the rear wing (1/2), as well as the difference between tyres (3). Another change is that the rear diffuser's permitted height, has increased from 12.5cm up to 22cm (4).

From this angle, we can see that the nose of the car (1) has increased by 20cm compared to 2016. The overall width of the car has also increased from 140cm to a maximum of 180cm (4). The car however, cannot be 180cm for the entire length of the car so there must be a cut-out (6/7), but the cut-out cannot be more than 10cm deep.

Finally, from the side angle you can see a visual change of the nose and front wing (1/2). The large tuning vanes (3) will help direct airflow and it showcases the larger and lower wing (5) that will help create more downforce.

What will happen to the engines?

Ever since 2014 when the hybrid turbocharged V6 engines were introduced, they weren't loved by fans, but it proved to be the most cost effective. Still proving to be that way in 2017, there will be no new change to the V6 engines, but the focus is still very high on cutting cost.

An agreement has been made by the FIA to further cut costs by reducing the power unit price by 1m Euros in 2017, and it will be cut by an additional 3m Euros in 2018.

The new agreement will also remove the current token system, in order to make the field more competitive. Instead, a boost pressure system will be introduced for the 2017 season.

Lastly, sound has been a huge complaint ever since the V8 engines were scrapped back in 2013. The FIA has confirmed that manufacturers are currently conducting research on this issue, and the sound should be further improved by 2018.

What will this mean for the driver's?

Since the cars will be able to pull more g-force around the corners, driver's will need to be in the best possible shape. Although the driving may become easier due to such high traction, it will start to take more of a toll on the drivers which can play a factor early on in the season.

With such a redesign of the 2017 cars, we could possibly see some drivers excel that never did before, and others that take time to adjust. It could certainly help level out the field for next season, but for now we'll just have to wait and see for ourselves.

For more information about the 2017 F1 season, be sure to download the Formula 1 app to stay up to date on all things racing.

Click the link to find out more about where your favourite racers will be in the upcoming 2017 season.

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