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Here are all your key dates for Formula 1 in 2017

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February 4 marks 50 days until the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season in Melbourne, Australia, and the beginning of what is shaping up to be a new era for the sport.

New regulations, new drivers and even a new owner are all in play for the coming year, which is guaranteed to offer a fresh world champion following Nico Rosberg’s decision to quit at the end of 2016.

Besides the races themselves, all of the teams are planning to launch their cars in the days leading up to pre-season testing in Barcelona, where eight days of running is planned to take place.

Ahead of the new season, here is a run down of all the key dates for F1 in 2017. This post will be updated in the coming weeks when more details are known about car launches and reveal plans etc.

F1 2017 – KEY DATES

Pre-Season

February 20 – Sauber car launch 

February 21 – Renault car launch

February 22 – Force India car launch, Sauber filming day in Barcelona

February 23 – Mercedes car launch and Silverstone filming day

February 24 – McLaren and Ferrari car launches

February 26 – Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Haas car launches

February 27 – March 2 – First pre-season test in Barcelona

March 7-10 – Second pre-season test in Barcelona

March 9 – FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva

In-Season

March 26 – Australian Grand Prix

April 9 – Chinese Grand Prix

April 16 – Bahrain Grand Prix

April 18-19 – First in-season test, Bahrain

April 30 – Russian Grand Prix

May 14 – Spanish Grand Prix

May 28 – Monaco Grand Prix

June 11 – Canadian Grand Prix

June 25 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix

July 9 – Austrian Grand Prix

July 16 – British Grand Prix

July 30 – Hungarian Grand Prix

August 1-2 – Second in-season test, Hungary

August 27 – Belgian Grand Prix

September 3 – Italian Grand Prix

September 17 – Singapore Grand Prix

October 1 – Malaysian Grand Prix

October 8 – Japanese Grand Prix

October 22 – United States Grand Prix

October 29 – Mexican Grand Prix

November 12 – Brazilian Grand Prix

November 26 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Post-season

November 28-29 – Post-season test, Abu Dhabi

Kubica, di Resta complete Williams F1 tests in Hungary

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Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta have both completed one-day tests for Williams in a 2014-spec Formula 1 car as part of the team’s evaluation for its 2018 line-up.

Williams is known to be considering a number of drivers to partner Lance Stroll at the team next year, including existing racer Felipe Massa.

Massa is thought to be going up against Kubica and di Resta for the 2018 drive, with the latter duo taking part in a private test at the Hungaroring in Budapest this week to aid the team’s evaluation.

After missing out on a 2018 Renault drive due to lingering questions about his physical condition six years after his rally accident, Kubica tested for Williams at Silverstone last week before getting back behind the wheel of the 2014 FW36 car in Hungary on Tuesday.

Kubica’s test was called “productive” by Williams, with the Pole handing duties over to Mercedes DTM racer di Resta on Wednesday.

Di Resta raced in F1 with Force India between 2010 and 2013 before returning to DTM, but made a surprise return at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Williams when Massa was taken ill. Di Resta impressed on short notice, putting himself in contention for a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Williams has one of the few remaining seats on offer in F1 for 2018, with Massa’s future known to be in question after a quiet campaign thus far.

The Brazilian had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last year, only for Williams to recall him after Valtteri Bottas’ late move up to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s surprise retirement.

Massa has made clear he would like to keep racing in F1 next year, but only if the deal is right and if Williams is determined to keep him.

While Massa, Kubica and di Resta appear to be the three leading contenders for the seat, Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe made clear in Japan there was a “large range” of drivers under consideration.

“You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at, but honestly, the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so, and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”