Formula 1 teams get to work and start setting up at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the first race of the 2017 season
SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (MARCH 20, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. FLAGS FLYING ABOVE PIT LANE 2. PIT LANE AT ALBERT PARK GRAND PRIX CIRCUT 3. F1 FLAG 4. FORKLIFT DRIVING PAST FERRARI PIT 5. VARIOUS OF FERRARI PIT CREW SETTING UP EQUIPMENT 6. RICCIARDO AND RED BULL RACING SIGN ABOVE PIT 7. RED BULL CREW SETTING UP 8. FORKLIFT AND CREWS AT WORK IN PIT LANE 9. PEOPLE LIFTING BOXES, LIGHTS AND ROLEX SIGN ABOVE PIT LANE 10. PIT LANE STORY: Formula 1 teams got to work and started setting up at Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne on Monday (March 20), for first race of the 2017 season. Pit crews began to unpack over 200 tonnes of sea freight and 700 tonnes of air freight, in what is being seen as a new era in Formula 1 racing. The sport is under new ownership, with Liberty Media taking over and former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone sidelined. The sport has a new look, with fatter tyres and wider cars that also look more aggressive. That has seen lap times slashed, with drivers able to make corners flat out even if cars are a little slower on the straights. Whether they can overtake any more easily remains an open question, with the more durable tyres likely to lead to fewer pitstops. The championship starts on March 26.