Everything you need to know about the 2017 F1 season

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The 2017 campaign is upon us and the look of pre-season and beyond is starting to take shape. Sweeping regulation changes for this season promise to produce faster, more aggressive-looking cars for the new campaign, and we should get the first glimpse of them when the unveilings begin ahead of the eight days of winter testing in Barcelona.

Here is every F1 date you need for you diary this season. This article will be updated in the weeks leading up to the opening winter test.

Confirmed car launches

February 20 - Sauber

February 21 - Renault, London

February 22 - Force India, Silverstone

February 23 - Mercedes, Silverstone

February 24 - Ferrari, Fiorano; McLaren, Woking

February 26 - Toro Rosso, Barcelona; Red Bull; Haas

Winter testing

First test: February 27-March 2 - Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Second test: March 7-10 - Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

2017 line-ups


Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen


Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen

Force India

Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon


Lance Stroll, Felipe Massa


Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne

Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat


Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen


Nico Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer


Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein

2017 calendar

The 2017 calendar is already one race shorter than it was when released provisionally last year after the German Grand Prix failed to reach a viable commercial deal.

That leaves the calendar for the new season as follows:

• March 26, Melbourne, Australia

• April 9, Shanghai, China

• April 16, Sakhir, Bahrain

• April 30, Sochi, Russia

• May 14, Barcelona, Spain

• May 28, Monte Carlo, Monaco

• June 11, Montreal, Canada

• June 25, Baku, Azerbaijan

• July 9, Spielberg, Austria

• July 16, Silverstone, Great Britain

• July 30, Budapest, Hungary

• August 27, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

• September 3, Monza, Italy

• September 17, Marina Bay, Singapore

• October 1, Sepang, Malaysia

• October 8, Suzuka, Japan

• October 22, Austin, USA

• October 29, Mexico City, Mexico

• November 12, Sao Paulo, Brazil*

• November 26, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*Subject to confirmation

In-season tests

Two two-day in-season tests are permitted under the regulations and are the only occasions the 2017 cars are allowed to run on circuits outside of race weekends. The conditions of the tests mean they have to take place after a race weekend and at least two of the four days must be completed by a driver with less than two grands prix of experience. This year, the tests are taking place on the following dates:

  • April 18-19, Sakhir, Bahrain

  • August 1-2, Hungaroring, Hungary

The only other circumstance in which a 2017 car will be allowed to test is if a team decided to change driver midway through the season and the incoming driver has less than two grands prix of experience