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All three start-up teams who joined F1 in 2010 have gone but Haas may provide the template to realise Ross Brawn’s dream of a grid where anyone can win

Change is coming to Formula One and the sport, which has evolved in an awkward, disjointed and unsatisfactory fashion in recent years, badly needs to get it right.

In the short term the new 2017 regulations seem to have at least worked in the sense of having two teams – Mercedes and Ferrari – competing at the front, with a good chance Red Bull will be joining them as the season progresses. It is a step forward from the dominance Mercedes have enjoyed for the past three years. However, the big three being in a different league to the rest of the grid is not something that should be accepted and nor is the sport’s inability to ensure the survival of new teams in the paddock.

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Tags: Formula One 2017, Renault, Formula One, Motor sport, Sport

Renault’s F1 car of future is fascinating but the sport must be competitive | Giles Richards was originally published by Motor sport | The Guardian. Read the full story by clicking here.

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