2017 F1 Powerboat World Championship

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2017 F1 Powerboat World Championship
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The 2017 UIM F1 H2O World Championship was the 34th season of Formula 1 Powerboat racing. An initial seven race calendar was released at the end of January, with the championship scheduled to begin in Portimão, Portugal on 23 April and conclude in Sharjah, UAE on 15 December.[1]

Philippe Chiappe, driving for the CTIC F1 Shenzen China Team, enters the season as defending triple world champion having in 2016 become only the third driver in the sport's history to win three back-to-back drivers' championships.[2] However, Chiappe's streak as champion was ended by Italy's Alex Carella for the Team Abu Dhabi, who secured his fourth drivers' championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Hull Engine No. Race drivers Rounds Reserve driver(s)
China CTIC F1 Shenzen China Moore Mercury 2.5 V6 1 France Philippe Chiappe[3] All China Xiong Ziwei
France Nelson Morin
2 France Peter Morin[3] All
United Arab Emirates Victory Team BaBa Mercury 2.5 V6 3 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Al Hameli[4] All
Moore 4 United States Shaun Torrente[4] All
United Arab Emirates Team Abu Dhabi DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 5 United Arab Emirates Thani Al Qamzi[5] All
6 Italy Alex Carella[5] All
7 United Arab Emirates Rashed Al Qamzi[5] All
Portugal F1 Atlantic Team DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 9 Australia Grant Trask[6] All Germany Stefan Hagin
Moore 10 Portugal Duarte Benavente[6] All
Italy Mad-Croc BaBa Racing BaBa Mercury 2.5 V6 11 Finland Sami Seliö All Netherlands Ferdinand Zandbergen
12 Finland Filip Roms All
Sweden Team Sweden Molgaard Mercury 2.5 V6 14 Sweden Jonas Andersson[7] All
DAC 15 Sweden Erik Stark[7] All
16 Sweden Erik Edin 5–6
Italy Blaze Performance DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 23 Poland Bartek Marszalek All Italy Roberto Lo Piano
Blaze 24 Italy Francesco Cantando All
United Arab Emirates Emirates Racing Team BaBa Mercury 2.5 V6 50 Norway Marit Strømøy All
DAC 51 Germany Mike Szymura All
Dragon 77 United Kingdom Matthew Palfreyman 5–6
France Maverick F1 DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 70 France Beranger Robart[8] 2, 6
Moore 73 France Cédric Deguisne All
74 France Amaury Jousseaume 1–5

Team and driver changes[edit]

The biggest change prior to the 2017 season getting underway was Scott Gillman's takeover of the management of the Victory Team.[4] There had been doubt since the end of 2016 about the outfit's participation for the following season[9] until Gillman was unveiled as the new team manager a month prior to the first race of the year in Portugal. Shaun Torrente was retained and paired with Ahmed Al Hameli.[10] Gillman's existing Emirates Racing team had initially appeared to sign Australian Grant Trask who had impressed in his two outings at the end of 2016, and was slated to be replacing Swedish driver Erik Stark.[11] However it later transpired that Trask's hiring had been misreported and that Gillman was in fact moving Marit Strømøy and Mike Szymura from the EMIC Racing Team, which would close for 2017, into his Emirates Racing outfit.[12]

Consequently Trask was correctly revealed as an F1 Atlantic driver, replacing Christophe Larigot at Duarte Benavente's team,[6] while Stark rejoined fellow Swede Jonas Andersson's Team Sweden outfit, with which he had made his debut in the series back in 2012.[7]

Having run three boats at the final round of 2016, Team Abu Dhabi boss Guido Cappellini confirmed that all three of his drivers at the Sharjah race - Alex Carella, Thani Al Qamzi and Rashed Al Qamzi - would be retained in full time drives for 2017.[5] While at reigning champions CTIC China, Xiong Ziwei was replaced by Frenchman Peter Morin who had been the team's reserve driver the previous year. The change was effectively a straight swap, with Ziwei assuming the reserve driver position for 2017 alongside Nelson Morin.[3]

After entering the European races for the past two seasons, Cédric Deguisne's Maverick F1 team assumed a full-time entry for the 2017 season, and hired fellow Frenchman Amaury Jousseaume to make his series debut as the team's second driver. At their home race in Évian, the young team expanded with a third boat for debutant Beranger Robart, bringing the number of French drivers on the grid to five.[8]

Season calendar[edit]

A seven-race preliminary calendar for the 2017 championship was revealed in a press release on the sport's official website in January.[1] This maintained the same number of races as in 2016, however the Grand Prix of Dubai did not return, with the Portuguese round moving to season opener for the first time since 2010. As well as Portugal, the French round was also retained and the European leg will be followed by two races in China, with one initially confirmed in Harbin and a second confirmed later in the year at regular venue Liuzhou. The fifth race of the year was scheduled to be held in Asia in November, but this event was removed midway through the season in a familiar pattern to previous years. This subsequently reduced the calendar to six races. The season will be concluded with the traditional two races in the UAE in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Round Race Title Date Circuit Location Race Winner Hull/Engine
1 Portugal 16th Grand Prix of Portugal 23 April Portimão France Philippe Chiappe Moore/Mercury
2 France 21st Grand Prix of France 2 July Évian-les-Bains Italy Alex Carella DAC/Mercury
3 China 21st Grand Prix of China 13 August Harbin Sweden Erik Stark DAC/Mercury
4 China 22nd Grand Prix of China 1 October Liuzhou Italy Alex Carella DAC/Mercury
5 United Arab Emirates 25th Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi 8 December Abu Dhabi France Philippe Chiappe Moore/Mercury
6 United Arab Emirates 18th Grand Prix of Sharjah 15 December Sharjah Italy Alex Carella DAC/Mercury

Results and standings[edit]

Points are awarded to the top 10 classified finishers. A maximum of two boats per team are eligible for points in the teams' championship.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 20 15 12 9 7 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers standings[edit]

Pos Driver POR
Portugal
FRA
France
CHN
China
CHN
China
ABU
United Arab Emirates
SHA
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 Italy Alex Carella 4 1 4 1 3 1 90
2 France Philippe Chiappe 1 Ret 5 3 1 4 68
3 Sweden Erik Stark 8 7 1 2 5 Ret 49
4 United Arab Emirates Thani Al Qamzi DNS 6 2 6 7 3 41
5 Sweden Jonas Andersson Ret 5 6 Ret 6 2 32
6 Finland Sami Seliö 2 2 Ret 14 DNS DNS 30
7 United Arab Emirates Ahmed Al Hameli DNS 4 3 4 11 Ret 30
8 United States Shaun Torrente Ret 3 Ret 5 4 Ret 28
9 Norway Marit Strømøy Ret 8 DSQ Ret 2 8 21
10 Poland Bartek Marszalek 5 Ret 7 8 DNS 5 21
11 Portugal Duarte Benavente 3 9 Ret Ret 14 10 15
12 France Peter Morin 9 11 10 12 9 6 10
13 Australia Grant Trask 7 Ret 12 13 10 7 9
14 Finland Filip Roms Ret Ret 8 9 8 Ret 8
15 France Cedric Deguisne 6 14 9 16 Ret Ret 7
16 Germany Mike Szymura DSQ Ret 13 7 Ret Ret 4
17 United Arab Emirates Rashed Al Qamzi DNS 12 11 11 12 9 2
18 Italy Francesco Cantando Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret 2
19 France Amaury Jousseaume Ret 13 Ret 15 Ret 0
France Beranger Robart Ret DNS 0
Sweden Erik Edin DNS 11 0
United Kingdom Matthew Palfreyman DNS Ret 0
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

Teams standings[edit]

Only boats with results eligible for points counting towards the teams' championship are shown here.

Pos Team Boat
No.
POR
Portugal
FRA
France
CHN
China
CHN
China
ABU
United Arab Emirates
SHA
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 United Arab Emirates Team Abu Dhabi 5 DNS 6 2 6 7 3 131
6 4 1 4 1 3 1
2 Sweden Team Sweden 14 Ret 5 6 Ret 6 2 81
15 8 7 1 2 5 Ret
3 China CTIC F1 Shenzen China 1 1 Ret 5 3 1 4 78
2 9 11 10 12 9 6
4 United Arab Emirates Victory Team 3 DNS 4 3 4 11 Ret 58
4 Ret 3 Ret 5 4 Ret
5 Italy Mad-Croc BaBa Racing 11 2 2 Ret 14 DNS DNS 38
12 Ret Ret 8 9 8 Ret
6 United Arab Emirates Emirates Racing Team 50 Ret 8 DSQ Ret 2 8 25
51 DSQ Ret 13 7 Ret Ret
7 Portugal F1 Atlantic Team 9 7 Ret 12 13 10 7 24
10 3 9 Ret Ret 14 10
8 Italy Blaze Performance 23 5 Ret 7 8 DNS 5 23
24 Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret
9 France Maverick F1 73 6 14 9 16 Ret Ret 7
74 Ret 13 Ret 15 Ret
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2017 CALENDAR ANNOUNCED". F1H2O. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ "TORRENTE WINS IN SHARJAH - CHIAPPE CROWNED WORLD CHAMPION". F1H2O. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "PETER MORIN CONFIRMED AS PHILIPPE CHIAPPE'S NEW TEAMMATE". F1H2O. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "SCOTT GILLMAN CONFIRMS NEW LOOK AND EXCITING NEW LINE UP". F1H2O. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "ABU DHABI CONFIRM THREE BOAT LINE UP". F1H2O. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "BENAVENTE CONFIRMS TRASK AS TEAMMATE". F1H2O. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "STARK JOINS ANDERSSON AT TEAM SWEDEN". F1H2O. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b "MAVERICK F1 RACING CONFIRM ROBART FOR GP OF FRANCE". F1H2O. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ David Sewell (19 December 2016). "TWELVE DAYS IN UAE AND CHIAPPE IS STILL WORLD CHAMPION". Raceboat International. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  10. ^ David Sewell (26 March 2017). "TORRENTE AND AL HAMELI SPEARHEAD VICTORY TEAM". Raceboat International. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  11. ^ "GRANT TRASK JOINS EMIRATES RACING". F1H2O. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  12. ^ David Sewell (18 March 2017). "WORLD F1 MUSICAL CHAIRS". Raceboat International. Retrieved 27 March 2017.

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