20 iconic images that defined the 2017 season

Date published: November 30 2017

The 2017 season is in the history books, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and re-live the most important moments from an action-packed campaign.

Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari drew first blood in the 2017 title fight with Sebastian Vettel claiming his and the Scuderia’s first victory since Singapore 2015.

Chinese Grand Prix

Standing in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber, Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out twice in as many days in China to make his promising debut in Australia a distant memory.

Bahrain Grand Prix

At the Bahrain Grand Prix, Max Verstappen suffered the first of seven race retirements in the 2017 season and was unable to make an impact in the first half of the campaign as a result.

Russian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas won his first-ever Formula 1 race after a tense finale with Sebastian Vettel in Sochi. Lewis Hamilton fell 13 points adrift in the title race.


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Spanish Grand Prix

The image that would become a symbol for all of the Scuderia’s problems that followed in 2017. After seeing Kimi Raikkonen crash out on the opening lap, a young Ferrari fan was given the opportunity to meet his hero as new owners Liberty Media started to rebuild the bridges between Formula 1 and the supporters.

Monaco Grand Prix

Jenson Button came back for a short-but-sweet return to Formula 1 with Fernando Alonso away competing at the Indy 500. The Brit retired from the race following a collision at the back of the field with Pascal Wehrlein, who was flipped onto his side at Portier.

Canadian Grand Prix

Hamilton is overcome with emotion after receiving a commemorative helmet from the Senna family. In Montreal, he surpassed his idol’s record of 65 career pole positions.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The race where Vettel saw red. The German came into the pits to served a stop/go penalty for hitting into the side of Hamilton under the safety car in an incident-packed, crazy race in Baku. Hamilton had to serve an extra pit stop himself for a loose headrest.

Austrian Grand Prix

The aftermath. Vettel and Hamilton were unsurprisingly selected for the drivers’ press conference at the following race weekend, with Kevin Magnussen the unfortunate man in the middle.

British Grand Prix

Vettel is forced to limp home at Silverstone as both he and Raikkonen suffered tyre punctures in the dying stages of the race.

Hungarian Grand Prix

As Sebastian Vettel secured a fourth win of the season and extended his World Championship lead to 14 points, a nonchalant Fernando Alonso relaxes in his famous deckchair as Formula 1 headed for the summer break.

Belgian Grand Prix

There was a very special moment at Spa as Mick Schumacher drove his father Michael’s 1994 Benetton to commemorate the most-decorated Formula 1 champion’s 25th anniversary of his first career victory.

Italian Grand Prix

A rare sight at Monza, as Lewis Hamilton holds off the young duo of Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll at the start of the Italian Grand Prix following a crazy qualifying session in the wet.

Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel’s title chances are a dealt a massive blow in Singapore as he is involved in a three-way collision with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen. It was the first time in Ferrari’s history that both cars failed to complete the first lap.

Malaysian Grand Prix

Welcome back Red Bull. Race winner and third-placed Daniel Ricciardo secured the team’s first double podium finish in 12 months as more woe for Ferrari allowed Lewis Hamilton to inch closer to the title.

Japanese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel retires for a second time in three races after a faulty spark plug ends his race after just four laps, giving race winner Lewis Hamilton the chance to seal the title in Austin.

United States Grand Prix

While Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix for a record sixth time, he would have to wait until Mexico to bag a fourth World Championship. Instead, a controversial decision to demote Max Verstappen from the podium for exceeding track limits stole all the headlines.

Mexican Grand Prix

Job done. Lewis Hamilton celebrates his fourth World Championship title despite being lapped and finishing ninth in Mexico City after picking up a puncture on the first lap due to contact with Sebastian Vettel.

Brazilian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa takes the podium alongside his son, Felipinho, at his final home grand prix before his retirement from Formula 1.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

It was a case of out with the old and in with new as Liberty unveiled the start of a new era in Formula 1 with a fresh logo.

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