F1 2017 development race kicks off in Bahrain
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F1 2017 development race kicks off in Bahrain

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The early-season flyaway grands prix used to feature little in the way of upgrades as teams waited till they returned to Europe, but the pace of development required in 2017 meant plenty of new parts, even in the one-week gap between China and Bahrain

The 2017 Formula 1 season is in full swing, and engineers across the grid are beginning to truly understand where their cars stack up against the rest of the field.

Identifying a car's strengths and weaknesses quickly is vital for teams to implement upgrade programmes as soon as possible, allowing them to keep developing as the season progresses.

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