2017 RUNNERS & RIDERS
ESTEBAN OCON FELIPE MASSA JOLYON PALMER
Sahara Force India F1/
Force India-Mercedes VJM10
Williams Martini Racing/
Renault Sport Formula One
Team/Renault R.S. 17
The Frenchman has settled
in quickly for his first full F1
season, establishing himself as
a top- 10 regular, and sparking
a lively rivalry with teammate
Sergio Perez to boot.
It’s amazing to think that
Massa is edging toward 270
F1 starts, but his speed and
dependability is why he’s the
bedrock of Williams’ fight to
emerge from the midpack.
Spoiler alert, but don’t be shocked
if Palmer is a COTA no-show and
Carlos Sainz Jr. is in his car. It’s
a long story, so see page 12...
Oh, and if Palmer is in Texas,
expect a fighting performance.
Red Bull Racing/Red Bull-Tag Heuer RB13
Reliability has been a concern in the Red Bull
camp this year - particularly where the engine
is concerned – but you can count on Ricciardo
to throw a Bull amongst the Horses at COTA.
Haas F1 Team/
Haas-Ferrari VF- 17
Grosjean is certainly among
the most enigmatic drivers in
F1, but there’s no denying his
pace. And as the de facto
leader of “home team” Haas,
he’ll have plenty of support.
Alonso’s Indy adventure earned
him legions of new U.S fans. But
unless Honda lifts its game on
its run-out groove with McLaren,
they’ll see why he preferred to
spend May in Indianapolis...
Baku drama played into the
hands of Daniel Ricciardo,
who survived the chaos to
take his first win of 2017.