Formula One: Drivers and teams guide for 2017

AFP's guide to drivers and teams for the 2017 Formula One world championship, which starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday:

FERRARI

SEBASTIAN VETTEL (GER) Race number 5

Date of Birth: 03/07/1987

Place of Birth: Heppenheim, Germany

Podiums: 86

Points: 2108

Grand Prix started: 178

World championships: 4

Race wins: 42

Pole positions: 46

Last season: 4

KIMI RAIKKONEN (FIN) 7

Date of Birth: 17/10/1979

Place of Birth: Espoo, Finland

Podiums: 84

Points: 1360

Grand Prix started: 252

World Championships: 1

Race wins: 20

Pole positions: 16

Last season: 6

FERRARI TEAM

Team Principal: Maurizio Arrivabene

Engine: Ferrari

Debut season: 1950

World Championships: 16

Race wins: 225

Pole Positions: 208

Last season: 3

Website: www.formula1.ferrari.com

FORCE INDIA

SERGIO PEREZ (MEX) 11

Date of Birth: 26/01/1990

Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Podiums: 7

Points: 367

Grands Prix started: 114

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 2

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 4

Last season: 7

ESTEBAN OCON (FRA) 31

Date of Birth: 17/9/1996

Place of Birth: Evreux, Normandy

Podiums: 0

Points: 0

Grands Prix started: 9

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 12

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 17

Last season: 23

FORCE INDIA TEAM

Team Principal: Vijay Mallya

Engine: Mercedes

Debut season: 2008

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 2

Pole Positions: 1

Last season: 4

Website: www.forceindiaf1.com

HAAS F1

ROMAN GROSJEAN (FRA) 8

Date of Birth: 17/04/1986

Place of Birth: Geneva

Podiums: 10

Points: 316

Grands Prix started: 102

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 2

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 2

Last season: 13

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN (DEN) 20

Date of Birth: 05/10/92

Place of Birth: Roskilde, Denmark

Podiums: 1

Points: 62

Grands Prix started: 40

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 2

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 4

Last season: 16

HAAS F1 TEAM

Team principal: Guenther Steiner

Engine: Ferrari

Debut season: 2016

World championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 5

Pole positions: 0

Last season: 8

Website: www. haasf1team.com

McLAREN

FERNANDO ALONSO (ESP) 14

Date of Birth: 29/07/1981

Place of Birth: Oviedo

Podiums: 97

Points: 1832

Grands Prix started: 273

World Championships: 2

Race wins: 32

Pole positions: 22

Last season: 10

STOFFEL VANDOORNE (BEL) 2

Date of Birth: 26/3/1992

Place of Birth: Kortrijk, Belgium

Podiums: 0

Points: 1

Grands Prix: 1

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Pole positions: 0

Last season: 20

McLAREN TEAM

Team Principal: Eric Boullier

Engine: Honda

Debut season: 1966

World Championships: 8

Race wins: 182

Pole Positions: 155

Last season: 6

Website: www.mclaren.com

MERCEDES

LEWIS HAMILTON (GBR) 44

Date of Birth: 07/01/1985

Place of Birth: Stevenage, England

Podiums: 104

Points: 2247

Grands Prix: 188

World Championships: 3

Race wins: 53

Pole positions: 61

Last season: 2

VALTTERI BOTTAS (FIN) 77

Date of Birth: 28/08/1989

Place of Birth: Nastola, Finland

Podiums: 9

Points: 411

Grands Prix: 77

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 2

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 2

Last season: 8 (for Williams)

MERCEDES TEAM

Team Principal: Toto Wolff

Engine: Mercedes

Debut season: 2010 (Mercedes also competed in 1954 and 1955)

World Championships: 3 (since 2010); 2 (1954, 1955)

Race wins: 55 (since 2010); 9 (between 1954 and 1955)

Pole Positions: 73

Last season: 1

Website: www.mercedesamgf1.com

RED BULL

DANIEL RICCIARDO (AUS) 3

Date of Birth: 01/07/1989

Place of Birth: Perth

Podiums: 18

Points: 616

Grands Prix: 109

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 4

Pole positions: 1

Last season: 3

MAX VERSTAPPEN (NED) 33

Date of birth: 30/09/1997

Place of birth: Hasselt, Netherlands

Podiums: 7

Points: 253

Grands Prix: 40

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 1

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 2

Last season: 5

RED BULL TEAM

Team Principal: Christian Horner

Engine: Renault

Debut season: 2005

World Championships: 4

Race wins: 52

Pole Positions: 58

Last season: 2

Website: www.redbullracing.com

RENAULT

NICO HULKENBERG (GER) 27

Date of Birth: 19/08/1987

Place of Birth: Emmerich, Germany

Podiums: 0

Points: 290

Grands Prix: 115

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 4

Pole positions: 1

Last season: 9

JOLYON PALMER (GBR) 30

Date of Birth: 20/01/1991

Place of Birth: Horsham, England

Podiums: 0

Points: 1

Grands Prix: 21

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Pole positions: 0

Last season: 18

RENAULT TEAM

Team Principal: Cyril Abiteboul

Engine: Renault

Debut season: 2016 (Renault also competed between 1977-1985, 2002-2011)

World Championships: 2

Race wins: 35

Pole Positions: 51

Last season: 9

Website: www.renaultsport.com

SAUBER

MARCUS ERICSSON (SWE) 9

Date of Birth: 02/09/1990

Place of Birth: Kumla, Sweden

Podiums: 0

Points: 9

Grands Prix: 56

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 8

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 9

Last season: 22

PASCAL WEHRLEIN (GER) 94

Date of Birth: 18/10/1994

Place of Birth: Sigmaringen, Germany

Podiums: 0

Points: 1

Grands Prix: 21

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 10

Pole positions: 0

Last season: 19

SAUBER TEAM

Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn

Engine: Ferrari

Debut season: 1993

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 1

Pole Positions: 1

Last season: 10

Website: www.sauberf1team.com

TORRO ROSSO

DANIIL KYVAT (RUS) 26

Date of Birth: 26/04/1994

Place of Birth: Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

Podiums: 2

Points: 128

Grands Prix: 57

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 2

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 4

Last season: 14

CARLOS SAINZ Junior (ESP) 55

Date of birth: 01/09/1994

Place of birth: Madrid

Podiums: 0

Points: 64

Grands Prix: 40

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 0

Best finish: 6

Pole positions: 0

Highest grid position: 5

Last season: 12

TORO ROSSO TEAM

Team Principal: Franz Tost

Engine: Renault

Debut season: 2006

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 1

Pole Positions: 1

Last season: 7

Website: www.redbull.com

WILLIAMS

FELIPE MASSA (BRA) 19

Date of Birth: 25/04/1981

Place of Birth: Sao Paulo

Podiums: 41

Points: 1124

Grands Prix: 251

World Championships: 0

Race wins: 11

Pole positions: 16

Last season: 11

LANCE STROLL (CAN) 18

Date of Birth: 29/10/1998

Place of Birth: Montreal

Podiums: -

Points: -

Grands Prix: -

World Championships: -

Race wins: -

Pole positions: -

Last season: -

WILLIAMS TEAM

Team Principal: Frank Williams

Engine: Mercedes

Debut season: 1978

World Championships: 9

Race wins: 114

Pole Positions: 128

Last season: 5

Website: www.williamsf1.com