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London, England - The 2016 Formula 1 season is not yet even two races old, but teams are on the verge of designing their 2017 challengers.
That is because, just like 2014, next year will be a big year for F1 in terms of its regulations. In a bid to spice up the show, F1 cars will be faster, more powerful, and (hopefully) louder. In addition, the blueprint will see the cars being wider and sporting bigger tires.
Since V6 engines were introduced in 2014, Mercedes have been the dominant team, winning both the drivers and constructors titles for the past two seasons.
The proposed changes are:
1. To halt the German team’s dominance
2. To bring wheel-to-wheel racing back into F1.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirmed that his team will be focusing on 2017's car soon: “"Before too long he (Adrian Newey) will be starting to look at 2017, now that those regulations look pretty fixed."
Hamilton questions 2017 rule-change
Despite teams looking to get their 2017 off to an early start, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton believes the changes will do nothing for the show.
Hamilton said: "Give us five seconds' worth of lap time from aero and nothing will change – we'll just be driving faster.
F1 top brass to meet
The Briton added: "I speak as somebody who loves this sport and loves racing. I don't have all the answers – but I know that the changes we're making won't deliver better racing."
The F1 Commission will assemble on April 30th where a final verdict on next 2017's rules and regulations will be given.