When Williams pulled the wraps off its wider, lower and sleeker FW40 challenger this morning it confirmed 2017’s Formula 1 cars will look like proper racers again.

Gone are the awkward, lanky proportions of the post-2009 era cars, and in their place is a shape that harks back to the 1990s when F1 cars were cool and the sport was almost gladiatorial.

The cars of Formula 1 2017

Along with the dimension change, the FW40 gains angled front wing and fins on its sidepods. Larger bargeboards, vertical slats and a bigger floor show that this car will work the air a heck of a lot harder than last year’s FW38, and wider rubber will mean mechanical grip is also boosted – key in ensuring cars can still follow each other closely.

The results should make for higher speeds through the corners, more G-forces for drivers to contend with and cars that are even more of a handful to drive. Drivers will have their work cut out, both physically and mentally. This is all good news.