|26 March 2017 - Magic victory for Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari team|
Today we are going to talk about the teams racing in 2017 F1 championship, which started yesterday, Sunday 26th March. Last year Nico Rosberg won the championship with the Mercedes team because the other opponents just couldn’t compete. Yesterday the first race was truly exciting and, after many years, Sebastian Vettel scored win for the Ferrari team! Well dome Vettel, we are very proud of you! And now... Are you ready to know more about this year‘s teams?
The full name of the new car is “VF-17” and it will be driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. This team was founded only in 2016 but in the last championship they had a good impact on the track. Romain is 30 years old and was born in Switzerland but he has the French citizenship, and his best result is a 7th place on 2013; Kevin is 23 years old and was born in Denmark. He is going to start his 4th year in F1. In his career he won a Gran Prix in 2014.
Toro Rosso has great expectations for 2017. The car is called “STR12” and it will have the same power unit of its ”older sister” Red Bull. (The power unit is the most important piece of the engine). The drivers are Carlos Sainz and Dani Kvyat. During the tests the car wasn’t able to complete the 100 km expected by the team.
This team will be the only one which will use the same power unit as in the last championship but esthetically their car has changed, in fact for their 25th anniversary in F1 there are golden strips on blue. The car is called “C36” and the drivers are the Swedish Marcus Ericsson and the German Pascal Wehrlein who had an injury and risked skipping the first GP. They hope they’ll do a good championship.
The French team shown the new car whereby the pilots Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer will race in this F1 championship to rendeem a difficult 2016. The very popoular ex-pilot Alain Prost joined the team. The car’s name is “RS17” and it is very beautiful thanks to the black and yellow colours. In the past Renault was one of the best teams of the world and this year they want to return to win.
The full name of the car is “VJM10” and the drivers are Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Perez is 27 years old from Mexico. In his career he has collected 367 points and 7 podiums. Esteban Ocon is 20 years old from France. This is the second year he races in F1. Their car is famous for its colourful look (grey, orange, green, black, white)
This is one of the most popular cars in the world for its history. This year its body has been changed, in fact the prevailing colour is orange with some black, instead it was completely grey before. The name of the car is "MCL-32" and Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will drive it. Fernando Alonso, 35, is one of the best drivers and he also drove for Ferrari and Renault. He became the World Champion twice.
“FW40” is the name of their new car: FW stands for the name of the founder Frank Williams and 40 represent the age of the team. Williams won in the 90s with Jacques Villenueve. The drivers of this year are Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll. Massa decided to retire last year but Williams asked him to run a year more. Lance Stroll is the new wonderkid in F1, we hope he will do good this season!
Red Bull fights against bad luck: “RB13” has arrived. This car was presented at 13:13 on 26th February and the drivers are Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Ricciardo is 27 years old, born in Australia. He is famous for the overtakings he did last year. His nickname in Italy is Mr. Sorpasso (Sorpasso in Italian means overtaking). Max Verstappen started driving in F1 when he was 16 years old: at that time he didn’t have a driving license.
This is the car which won last year’s championship but this year the world champion isn’t with them any longer: Nico Rosberg. In his place they have Valtteri Bottas and, of course, Lewis Hamilton. The name of the car is “W08”. The team is ready to win again this year!
Of course, this is the team we support. Our drivers are Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. The name of the car is “SF70H”. In the latest years Ferrari hasn’t been very competitive but this year we hope they will win as it happened in 2007 with Raikkonen.
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