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F1 2017: What happened this year. The most interesting thing

Announcement of the year: They made us wait, but McLaren's divertido means of confirming Fernando Alonso's new deal was worth it…

Comeback of the year: Its final destination may not now result in a 2018 race seat but for Robert Kubica to reach this far, six years after his arm was partially amputated in a rally crash, was undoubtedly one of the sporting stories of 2017.

Controversy of the year: Sebastian Vettel 'ramming' Lewis Hamilton in Baku and subsequently avoiding further sanction from the FIA following a belated apology.

Cool-down room of the year: The US GP where a previously-jubilant Max Verstappen was told he had been stripped of third place as a reinstated Kimi Raikkonen entered stage right.

Decision of the year: London Live. No matter that Lewis missed it, the showcase around the streets of the capital was embraced by all the teams and (almost all) the drivers, and delivered sufficient wow factor.

Debut of the year: Nico Rosberg, for sure.

Disappointment of the year: Honda, again. Renault, again.

Driver of the year: Lewis Hamilton. In the end, the best man won.

Fan engagement of the year: Kimi Raikkonen turned a young fan's tears into smiles after retiring out of the Spanish GP – proving the Iceman does have a soft side.

Favourite race of the year: Spain or Belgium, when Hamilton and Vettel finally went wheel-to-wheel in battle.

Impromptu meet of the year: They were team-mates, they were rivals – and neither Lewis Hamilton nor Nico Rosberg would have expected to see each other too often in 2017. Especially while out jogging in London!

Innovation of the year: It meant he missed Monaco but Fernando Alonso's run in the Indy 500 was a stroke of marketing genius, a reminder of his indefatigable spirit and, until his Honda engine blew, in with a shout of being the result of the motorsport year.

Lap of the year: Hamilton's Q3 finale at Monza as he beat the field by a full second, team-mate Valtteri Bottas by more than two, and broke Michael Schumacher's all-time record for F1 pole positions.

Press release of the year: Toro Rosso pulling the pin on the Saturday morning of the Brazilian GP after Renault suggested their spate of engine blow-ups might have been their fault. The final line, 'We mustn't forget that they are fighting with Toro Rosso for a better position in the Constructors' championship', was so incendiary that it fell to Helmut Marko, hardly renowned for his peace-making skills, to smooth matters over.

Qualifying of the year: It suffered a three-hour delay but qualifying in Monza served up the most unexpected result of the year with Lance Stroll on the front row and Esteban Ocon third, and the most historic as Hamilton claimed a record-breaking 69th pole of his F1 career.

Quote of the year: "We have only one problem which is the power unit, there is no reliability and there is no power" – Fernando Alonso's brutal but all-too accurate assessment of the state of play at McLaren-Honda in winter testing. Eight months later, it still rang true.

Quick rush of the year: Looking up 'laggard' in the dictionary after Sergio Marchionne voiced his assessment of Kimi Raikkonen.

Race of the year: The Azerbaijan GP. Every year, there's a race that has everything – and usuaully where you least expect it. Azerbaijan was that race in 2017.

Radio rage of the year: Don't keep Kimi Raikkonen waiting for his steering wheel…

 

Keeping the body active 😇

Публикация от Fernando Alonso (@fernandoalo_oficial)


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