2017 Australian Grand Prix practice in pictures

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Pictures from practice for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.

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18 comments on “2017 Australian Grand Prix practice in pictures”

  1. What a difference a livery can make to a car. Lovin that Force India.

    1. They should thank their lucky stars they didn’t have to wear pink overalls..

  2. I kept thinking my screens aspect ratio was set wrong.

  3. angelic (@angelicdarkness)
    24th March 2017, 3:04

    That Force India livery looks hideous. There I said it!

    1. They should have had female drivers.

      1. It’s incredible how many stereotypes you just endores with a single sentence.

        1. Sorry to hurt any liberal feminist again. My bad, lol.

          1. Racecar is racecar backwards
            24th March 2017, 17:04

            Interestingly up until the end of the 19th century, pink was considered a very masculine colour.

  4. Yea the Force India livery is divisive and i for one love it, I like to see some variety in the field. One thing that is interesting about the Force India livery is the amount of sponsorship on it. If I was looking at that car alone, it would seem that F1 is in rude health with sponsors falling over themselves to get a spot on an F1 car. However, looking at the Mclaren gives a more realistic picture of how marketable sponsorship space is on a F1 car is these days. Sad but true.

    1. I can understand people not liking the livery. But I didn’t understand why some people were almost acting offended by the livery.
      Yeah, how dare Force India turn up to the start of another season with another new sponsor. A private team, who hasn’t won races, and who’s owner is seemingly embroiled in constant court issues/orders. Yet while other teams seem to struggle gaining sponsors, somehow Force India turn up practically flaunting it in the face of the other teams with that livery. How dare they.

    2. @charliewatts55 I think some teams such as McLaren don’t like to have many sponsors at a low cost, partly to protect their image and pride. While I don’t know much about the details of the deals that have been done, it is reasonable to presume it will be a lot cheaper to sponsor Force India than the likes of McLaren. Likewise, I have heard that Martini do not pay very much to be Williams’ title sponsor.

      And I might suggest that it is possible that the more sponsors they have, the more they can attract. I’m purely speculating, however if you are a business looking in you might ask which team is reputable to sponsor with. And you see the Force India, and decide you want a slice of the pie because it looks tastier than the others, even if it isn’t. Furthermore, there’s no doubting that Force India has punched above its weight for a long time now. Whereas McLaren are currently seen as underperforming, and therefore the cost is not justifiable.

  5. The sharkfins looks really cool and aggressive.

  6. I think the Force India works. The pink is maybe a tad too light (it’s almost white in some lights) but the black sidepods, from the front, make it look agressive and strong. I like it.

  7. I really like the variation in liveries this year. The McLaren, Force India and Toro Rosso have really distinguished themselves. Sauber looks great too.
    The McLaren’s and the Mercedes look the best for me from trackside.

  8. Absolutely loving the looks of these new cars on track. Really exciting. A great jumping off point toward a better product on the track.

  9. Regarding the McLaren livery, I love the orange they have used, but fail to understand why they chose a black which doesn’t match. It’s a completely different type of paint!

    It looks incredible from a direct front view, but from higher angles and side angles it genuinely baffles me how they chose this. The use of white and black with the other colour is something a lot of teams, including Ferrari and Renault, do, and I never understand why. The curve on the sharkfin looks like they ran out of ideas and just bent it backwards.

    There was a McLaren road car painted in the F1 livery, and it looks so good, because they’ve allowed it to naturally follow the shape of the car. Those orange bits that go from the top of the car down to the rear wheels look ridiculous.

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