Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg expects 2017 regulation to shake up the F1 pecking order, labelling the changes as “revolutionary”.
F1 is set for a major overhaul this year in a bid to make cars faster, harder to drive, and more spectacular to watch.
The new generation of cars will feature wider tyres, while the car itself will be bigger in size. Moreover, changes to both the wings are expected to improve the aesthetics of the cars.
Rosberg, who along with Lewis Hamilton won the last three titles for Mercedes, expects a new competitive order to emerge from the rule change, but is fairly confident of his former team’s ability to produce another strong car.
"It's looking impressive definitely," Rosberg said of Mercedes' 2017 challenger at the World Economic Forum.
"For the eye, it looks great, it's going to be enjoyable for them to drive, it will be faster.
"It will shuffle things up as every team has to start from scratch, it's not an evolution, it's a revolution.
"Every team starts from zero on a blank sheet of paper to build this car, it'll be exciting to see who's fastest."
Rosberg also expects F1’s new owners Liberty Media to further spice up the show, with the American media house keen on extracting the true potential of the global single-seater championship.
"We can see on the audience figures [Formula 1 is] still an unbelievably big sport, the way it should be," he said.
"Nevertheless, there are still things that can be improved, as everywhere, it's good now there's a change of leadership, the old leaders did a great job, [for example] Bernie Ecclestone.
"But I think it's good that new owners have come in, Liberty Media, and I really think that they can put some spice into it and bring some changes.
"Maybe [they can] even Americanise it slightly, they're good at show business over there, I think we might we need a bit more of that.
"I'm looking forward to some ideas that are going to come through and I'm sure they're going to make a difference."
The German also added that he is enjoying his life away from the race track, having made a shock announcement to retire from the sport shortly after winning his maiden title last year.
"First of all, to do sport at the highest level it is really 110 percent focus that is required and there is no room for any compromise whatsoever, at least that's the way I went about it,’’ he said.
“Everything else is secondary and so far behind and that's even family -- I have a one and half year old daughter now -- it's friends and any exciting and fun projects, everything is way, way behind [in your priorities].
"So there's a time for everything and I find that life has more to offer than driving around in circles and it just felt like the right moment. I want to go for new challenges.
“Of course there is the matter of having more time for family, more time for friends and being in control of my whole life as well.
“Since I was a 10 year old the whole season is planned by other people, telling you where you need to be and especially in F1 -- it’s really, really intense. And now I have this complete freedom.”
by Rachit Thukral