Toro Rosso could have hit their pre-season target of fifth place had it not been for another reset in their driver line-up and more reliability problems.
Haas continued to defy the doubters with another credible campaign in their second season. But life is only going to get tougher.
McLaren’s points tally at the end of their third and, ultimately, final year with Honda tells you everything you need to know about why their union has ended.
Arguably the most significant development for Sauber in 2017 came after the season had ended.
In his first year alongside Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas started strongly, earned a one-year contract extension after the summer break, then slumped.
For the third year running Sebastian Vettel had the beating of Kimi Raikkonen, though he had a bit of help from the Ferrari pit wall.
Red Bull’s finishing rate in 2017 was so poor the cars only took the chequered flag together seven times in 20 races, but Verstappen was usually ahead.
Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon pushed each other so hard it drove Force India to ban the pair from racing each other.
Lance Stroll was blown away in qualifying by Felipe Massa but fared a lot better in the races in his first season of F1.
The contest between Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer at Renault was so one-sided it came as no surprise that Palmer was shown the door.
The battle between Carlos Sainz Jnr and Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso was remarkably similar to how it unfolded 12 months earlier.
Fernando Alonso is not at all shy when it comes to pressing his point about how well he’s been driving. And it isn’t hard to see why.
Although Romain Grosjean was the top scorer at Haas again, Kevin Magnussen has plenty to be pleased about his first season at the team.
Sauber fiercely rejected reports they had given favourable treatment to Marcus Ericsson during 2017 at the expense of the more competitive Pascal Wehrlein.