Testing exposes the flaws in F1's 2017 rules
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Testing exposes the flaws in F1's 2017 rules

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Heading trackside for a first-hand taste of Formula 1's new era led to an underwhelming sensation. Will these cars actually deliver what has been promised?

When you glance at Formula 1's new breed of super-fast, big tyred cars, the visual impression is overwhelmingly positive. The tyres look like a throwback to the 1970s or '80s - big and fat, and more befitting of cars that are now stylistically more aggressive. In short, they look fast.

We are told these cars are meant to achieve lap times five seconds quicker than those managed in 2015 around Barcelona's Catalunya circuit. They are not just meant to look much faster, the enhanced aerodynamics and new-spec low-degradation Pirellis are meant to make them lap much faster too.

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