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Get the 2017 F1 race weekend times in your calendar

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In the round-up: The 2017 Formula One session start times have been announced and are available to add to your calendar.

2017 F1 calendar and session times

Yesterday the FIA confirmed the official starting times for all 100 race weekend sessions in the 2017 F1 season. These have been added to the F1 Fanatic Calendar so you can add them to your preferred Calendar application:

Note that the Mexican Grand Prix occurs on the same weekend Mexico’s daylight savings time is adjusted. This is also the same weekend daylight savings time is adjusted in the UK and Europe. As both regions alter their times by the same amount on Saturday night the time difference between the two will remain the same.

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Comment of the day

Quite a few of you have doubts over Sauber’s engine choice for 2017:

I hope Sauber have made the right decision by going with last year’s engine, because it appears the engines for 2017 are a lot more powerful and also, quite reliable.
To score points, they need nine or ten cars to retire each race, because I don’t see them out racing any of the other teams.

They only get to save some money as we have only 10 teams.

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On this day in F1

Ferrari driver Eugenio Castellotti was killed on this day 60 years ago at Modena while testing the team’s car for the 1957 season. The 26-year-old had finished on the podium three times.

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  • 37 comments on “Get the 2017 F1 race weekend times in your calendar”

    1. Back in 2014, when the fule limit of 100 liters or kilos was enforced, many drivers and fans complained about the extreme fuelsaving (and rightly so). In 2016 hardly anyone mentioned it anymore. This year fuelsaving might be a big deal again but again it will prove to be temporarily. To achieve change you must set ambitious goals.

      1. Dont’t agree. Sure it has relevance to roadcars and that is the bigger picture but racing has been compromised. A car behind cannot push because of fuel saving or tyre saving,; this has been exacerbated since 2014. As the pinnicale of motorsport, cars and drivers should be on the limit every lap. Use actual endurance race platforms for the purpose of delivering road-relevant tech.

        1. Reganamer, so are you saying that the likes of Senna, Prost, Mansell, Piquet Sr. and many other stars of F1 in the 1980’s were unable to race each other because they were forced to save fuel as a result of strict fuel limits in that era?

          1. Do you really think they were side by side each and every single race because of some good clips on Youtube? Races last 1,5 hours and since the beginning of racing underfueling your car to gain a weight advantage has been part of it. Complaining about is is pointless.

      2. Just because FOM does not transmit radio messages it doesn’t mean lift and coast wasn’t happening last year. It was in fact the opposite. Some track were borderline ridicioulus on fuel (sochi – comical situation, canada – saved in part by the VSC). Go read or watch some driver interviews after the sochi gp last year.

        1. sure @juzh, fuel saving is done all the time, it probably was even during the years when one could refuel if it fitted the strategy. It was done in the 1930 in the 1960 in the 1980 (especially with those thirsty turbos!) as well as in between.

          Teams will always look at putting in less fuel when they think that will help them get the best result.

          1. Why don’t they let the team choose the fuel amount. They are restricted on the flow already and having extra fuel mean extra mass… Surely they wouldn’t burn much more than now and they would be able to push all the way (or at least to choose to do so, or bet on a safety car). I think it would make more strategies available and potential entertaining races.

            1. The teams DO choose the fuel amount – and it’s frequently LESS than the 100kg maximum allowance. The name of the game is getting to the finish line as quickly as possible, which isn’t always the same as going as fast as possible at all times from start to finish.

            2. Teams have always done lift and coast, Colin Chapman was famous for taking fuel out of his drivers cars on the grid (to his drivers annoyance) in the 70’s, 10kg makes a .3 a second lap difference ( not going to consider tyre wear) but if 5kg makes .15 (so 95 liters) over a 72 lap race .. that would 10.8 seconds, 10.8 seconds over a race doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you consider that the car would be stuck in traffic e.t.c, it could make a big difference, and if you consider what it would cost (in millions of dollars) to make a car 10.8 second quicker over a race, I expect a lot of teams put a lot less that 95 liters

        2. Melbourne is one of the hardest on fuel. The situation is still there, it’s just that teams not only have grown used to it but also the manufacturers made gains on fuel consumption and in getting around the 100kg/H limit, essentially by pumping the fuel at 100kg/h even when not needed just to conform to FIA’s metering then doing some injection trickery.

    2. Is it odd that I worry about Keith whenever the round-up is uploaded later than usual?

      1. @johnmilk Haha! I’m fine don’t worry, small technical glitch.

        1. @keithcollantine, and yet at the top it says “posted at 00:01” at least now, when this happens, I know that the “glitch” is not at my end. Thanks for all your hard work.

      2. @johnmilk we are sad aren’t we, but I was genuinely concerned! Just shows what an amazing job Keith does, he never misses a beat, never has a day off (seemingly). A labour of love, what a dude.

      3. I went to sleep at 12:15am feeling lost!

      4. @unicron2002 I wouldn’t say we are sad, just fanatics. This page has been my go to website for F1 for the last few years, and Keith’s work is unbelievable. And when the author shows the same enthusiasm for the sport as the fans and gives us a closer access to the world (via the live features) it just makes it perfect.

        So we have the right to worry about him ahah!

        @john-h I woke up this morning, went to check the round-up, and my brain told me, it isn’t time to wake up yet mate. Result, I arrived late for work. We really are animals of routine.

      5. @unicron2002 @john-h @johnmilk Thanks very much guys I will try not to let you down again :-)

      6. @johnmilk – Have a heart, Keith was just recovering after seeing the press release about the pink Force India cars, took him a while to hit ‘Submit’ after that!

    3. Sauber don’t have to worry about beating Manor this year. That guarantees them 10th plac prize money, so as a cost-saving exercise an old engine isn’t bad.

      Last year they would have possibly lost to Manor in an old engine

      1. What a very good point you make! Save many millions on the engine and still probably end up getting the same amount of revenue.

      2. Every team that qualified to race should be paid, it is like every performer at a concert is paid. Manor Racing should have been paid the same rate as all the other teams were paid.
        Also, teams like Haas, Force India, Sauber, etc should all be given fair TV air time so it is easier for them to attract Corporate advertising. Those teams all paid their entry fee to the F1 racing series, so they are all entitled to get decent TV air time … or do they have to pay extra to get decent TV air time, like paying for advertising?

    4. Shame on you Keith! Normally I break my devastating snoozing the alarm habits by opening your website and reading the round-up. Today though…. there was no round-up!

      Desperately looking for it actually woke me up quite quickly. So I guess thanks are in order :)

      1. @vvans Sorry! As I say just one of those annoying little problems, shouldn’t happen again.

        1. I am very grateful for this website. It really is a tonic.

    5. @keithcollantine do you have any info on the RB wanting the clarification on rules for mixing oil with fuel from last week. Finding very sketchy info from online searches?

    6. Correct me if I’m wrong, but in order to prevent a bit of ‘fuel saving’, shouldn’t there be an imposed rule, saying the teams have to put exactly 105 kg of fuel?
      My logic is this: if a team gains an advantage, by running only 99 kg and having their driver do some fuel saving, then thats what they’ll do every time. If they don’t require 105 kg for a particular race, then they have to find ways to burn some of that fuel off – i.e. rev the engine higher.
      Does this make sense, or am I missing something?

      1. Imposing teams to put in a minimum amount of fuel to force them to race hard doesn’t really make sense if consider that less fuel actually makes the car faster, does it?

      2. @bulion The drivers have to fuel save even with the maximum amount of fuel in. Without lifting and coasting, and running in lean engine modes the cars wouldn’t make it to the end.

        Teams may find running a few KG light to be more optimal than brimming the car but I get the impression if there was a big increase in how much fuel they could use through the race and a relaxation of the fuel flow rule the cars would be even faster.

      3. Minimum fuel weight for each race is something I’ve argued for a few times. Makes moderate sense, won’t make the cars visibly slower to the viewing public even at the start and there are only a handful of tracks where it wouldn’t really make a difference.

      4. You might be on to something. However, teams may now put a fuel-burn mode in their engine settings and burn off the excess very fast and reach 99 kg as fast as possible.

        But still, can be a good move like the “minimum weight” for the chassis rule. Yes, teams abuse that rule by adding titanium weights in places that can lower the center of gravity but the safety of the cars is guaranteed by reducing the power to weight ratio.

      5. @bulion @neilosjames They would just burn off the excess as they used to do in ‘race fuel qualifying’:

        1. @keithcollantine Yeah, totally didn’t think about that. I thought, that if they got more fuel then they would try to use it efficiently. Oh, silly me! But ‘burning it off’ as fast as possible would probably be the easier and quicker option, considering lap times in the race.

          So the only way we can make people stop complaining about fuel saving (which has been a part of F1 since… forever), is to give them exciting and close racing, so it won’t be a talking point.

      6. But does one actually need a rule for this? If you have a rule then someone has to police it, so you have to have a maximum and a minimum amount, you have to decide where the amount is measured, how is it measured, etc. It would be a whole lot easier to leave it up to the teams to decide, with the proviso that if a car runs out of fuel on the track then there will be repercussions.

    7. Drag Reduction System System

      1. Haha. Yeah, I hate it when people use acroynimsome that they don’t understand, like when people say PCB board.

        My neighbour once got invited to his son’s school “Annual AGM meeting”, for evermore known as the Annual Annual General Meeting Meeting!
        He’s now debating if these are the people he really wants to be educating his children.

        1. Annual AGM meeting hahaha.

          Yeah it winds me up.

    8. Thanks Keith! The calendar is awesome and a must have for race fans.

      Much appreciated! :D

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