Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will be two of the most experienced drivers on the F1 2017 grid
Lewis Hamilton (2016 finish: 2nd)
This will be his fifth season with the team since joining from McLaren and he is chasing a fourth world title after losing out by just five points last year.
Valtteri Bottas (8th)
The Finn has only signed a one-year deal but is determined to make the most of Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement as world champion by ensuring Hamilton is not given an easy ride.
F1 2017 driver line-up
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Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton (44)
Red Bull drivers
Max Verstappen (5th)
One of the paddock’s most exciting talents, the Dutch teenager began his second season in F1 with Toro Rosso but was promoted to Red Bull after just four races, winning in Spain on his debut for the senior team.
Daniel Ricciardo (3rd)
Ricciardo was one of just two non-Mercedes drivers to win in 2016 but he finished in the podium a total of eight times.
Red Bull are confident they have the best driver line-up in F1 this season
Sebastian Vettel (4th)
Having spent four consecutive years as world champion at Red Bull, Vettel has only won three times for Ferrari in his two seasons and not since September 2015.
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Kimi Raikkonen (6th)
The enigmatic Finn first raced in F1 16 years ago and took a hiatus from the sport to drive World Rally Championship cars between 2009 and 2011.
Force India drivers
Sergio Perez (7th)
After a shaky start, “Checo” finished in the top 10 in each of the last 10 races of the season in 2016 with Force India.
Esteban Ocon (23rd)
A member of the Mercedes young driver programme, Ocon replaced Rio Haryanto mid-season at Manor last year to make his F1 debut, impressing enough to earn Nico Hulkenburg’s seat at Force India.
There have been a number of changes to the grid for 2017
Felipe Massa (11th)
Massa retired at the end of 2016 amid scenes of tremendous emotion, only to be recalled a month later to replace Mercedes-bound Valtteri Bottas.
Lance Stroll (rookie)
Many claim Stroll is only in his seat thanks to his billionaire father Lawrence, but the Canadian is a Formula 3 world champion with plenty to give in his debut season.
Fernando Alonso (10th)
A two-time world champion, Alonso is without a win in four years but reinforced his commitment to the resurgence of McLaren over the winter.
Stoffel Vandoorne (20th)
Played one, scored one is Vandoorne’s record in F1 so far, having stood in for an injured Fernando Alonso at the 2016 Italian Grand Prix and finished 10th.
Toro Rosso drivers
Daniil Kvyat (14th)
The Russian was demoted to the younger sister of Red Bull to allow for the accession of Max Verstappen after just four races in 2016.
Carlos Sainz Jr (12th)
His father may have been a World Rally Champion but Sainz Jr is a talented driver in his own right, as his finishing sixth in two of the last four races in 2016 showed.
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Romain Grosjean (13th)
Haas were the team of the year in their debut F1 season and Grosjean, much maligned for his repeated first-lap crashes, was a big part of their success.
Kevin Magnussen (16th)
Esteban Guttierez has been booted and will race electric cars in Formula E, while 2016 Renault driver Magnussen takes his F1 seat.
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Nico Hulkenberg (9th)
Magnussen’s jump onto the roundabout to Haas gave Hulkenberg the chance to add a fourth team to his F1 CV as he enters his eight season in the sport.
Jolyon Palmer (18th)
His father Jonathan has bought Donnington Park but insists it is not fit for F1, unlike his son, who won his first F1 point in Malaysia last year.
2017 F1 Calendar
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Marcus Ericsson (22nd)
The Swede has scored just nine championship points in his first three years in F1.
Pascal Wehrlein (19th)
Wehrlein’s replacement of Felipe Nasr, whose sponsor Banco do Brasil pulled out of the sport, was not announced until January when it was confirmed that the Mercedes young driver would not be required to replace Nico Rosberg.