Laps: 51 laps
Start time: 17:00hrs local / 14:00 BST
Pole position is located on the right-hand-side of the track. That’s the same side as the racing line, where most of the grip is located, but Turn One is a left-hander and there’s an opportunity for the driver starting second if the pole-sitter makes a poor getaway.
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Three.
Don't put the kettle on...
Last year’s race was won by Nico Rosberg on a one-stop strategy. He made that pitstop after 20 laps, changing from the red-walled Supersoft tyre onto the yellow-walled Soft tyre. Daniel Ricciardo was the first two-stopper home, in seventh place, and with this year’s harder tyre compounds it seems likely that one pitstop will prevail again.
295m/0.183 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.284 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 22s.
Despite pre-race fears of incident and accident, there wasn’t a single Safety Car period last year. “Entering last year’s race,” says Fernando’s Race Engineer Mark Temple, “there was the feeling that just getting to the end would ensure a points finish. That didn’t turn out to be the case and we can expect people to be more aggressive in 2017, helped by the knowledge that the tyres can take it”.
Watch out for...
The pitlane entry. Last year Valtteri Bottas clocked the fastest ever speed by an F1 car along the narrow pit straight, exactly where cars are peeling into the pitlane.
What makes this race interesting...
The unforgiving nature of the circuit. Straight-line speeds are high and despite relatively slow cornering speeds, the lack of run-off punishes even the smallest mistake – as Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo found out last year when they crashed during practice.