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New 2017 Formula 1 Regulations Risk Spoiling the Decreasing Gap Between Teams

In the third season of Formula One's V6 hybrid engine era, fans are finally being treated to a taste of the long-promised performance convergence between the teams. Unfortunately, the improved competition could be undone by the regulation changes to be introduced in 2017. Yes, Mercedes have still won five of the first six races this year, but there are promising signs: Ferrari should have won in Australia, if not for a tyre-choice blunder at the restart. Likewise, Red Bull looked set for victory in Monaco, but for a mistake in the pits. And Red Bull did win in Spain, although that one was wind-assisted (to borrow a track and field term), as the Mercedes team-mates collided on the first lap. Red Bull's chassis has always been strong, but the...

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