Sunday, 12 February 2017

New Motorsport Week article: The 1997 Formula 1 season - A forgotten classic

By Cord Rodefeld from Ulm, Germany (Hockenheim 1997)
[CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
by-sa/2.0) or CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org
/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Winter months can stretch long for an F1 fan. Particularly so these days with severe testing restrictions, meaning that for the most part we can't even indulge our habit for trying to read what wintry test days can possibly mean.

But there always is F1 history to delve into, and it helps that the turn of a new year brings a whole new load of anniversaries that give us an excuse to look back.

And with this we now are 20 years on from a classic F1 season. One wherein competitiveness akin to the heady days of the 1970s returned to the grid. But one too that doesn't seem to get retro features as readily as you'd think.

In my latest for Motorsport Week I do my best to right that wrong, and explain why the 1997 F1 season was very very good. You can read it here: https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13757

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