2016 F1 World Championship

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Mercedes-Benz won the Formula 1 World Championship for the third year in a row but there was a twist in this familiar tail in 2016. This year it was Nico Rosberg who emerged from the tense Abu Dhabi season finale as champion. In doing so, Keke and Nico Rosberg emulated Graham and Damon Hill as father/son world champions. Five days after satisfying his lifelong ambition, Nico Rosberg stunned the sport by announcing his immediate retirement from racing.

Hamilton won more races (10), led more laps (566) and qualified on pole position on more occasions (12) than the eventual champion. However, poor starts and crucial mechanical failures – most notably a blown engine in Malaysia – handed Rosberg the initiative and the German clinched the title by finishing second in Abu Dhabi. That was despite Hamilton backing him into the pursuing Red Bulls and Ferraris in the vain hope of Rosberg losing the podium finish he required.

Mercedes were the clear class of the field one again – winning 19 of the record 21 championship rounds. The simmering tension between its drivers spilt over when they crashed together on the opening lap of the Spanish GP and again on the last lap in Austria.

Red Bull Racing were the only other team to win during 2016 with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen third and fifth in the final standings. Verstappen began the year with Scuderia Toro Rosso but he was promoted to the senior Red Bull squad after four races. He promptly benefitted from the Mercedes crash and a superior tyre strategy to win the Spanish GP and become F1’s youngest winner to date at 18 years and 227 days. Ricciardo was robbed of a deserved victory in Monaco when called into the pits before his mechanics were ready. He finally scored a popular fourth GP success in Malaysia following Hamilton’s retirement.

Much was expected of Ferrari but Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen suffered frustrating, winless campaigns. Having lost the Australian GP due to a poor strategy call (a recurring theme), Vettel salvaged fourth in the championship thanks to seven podium finishes. That said, he cut an increasingly angry figure due to Ferrari’s lack of outright pace.

Third for the last two seasons, Williams were edged out of fourth position in the constructors’ standings by Force India for whom Sergio Pérez scored a couple of podium finishes. Nico Hülkenberg qualified on the front row in Austria but was generally outshone by the Mexican. Valtteri Bottas was third in Canada thanks to a one-stop strategy and Williams team-mate Felipe Massa made an emotional retirement from F1 at the end of the season.

McLaren-Honda made some progress after its disastrous 2015 campaign. Fernando Alonso was 10th overall having scored points on nine occasions while Jenson Button left the sport after 17 seasons at the top. Alonso had crashed out of the Australian GP in spectacular fashion and he was forced to miss the subsequent Bahrain GP as a consequence. McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne scored a point on his F1 debut by finishing 10th.

Carlos Sainz impressed for Scuderia Toro Rosso when compared to team-mates Verstappen and the demoted Daniil Kvyat. American industrialist and NASCAR team owner Gene Haas entered F1 with what was effectively a Ferrari “B” team. Romain Grosjean scored points in three of the first four GPs but the team’s form tailed off during the campaign.

Renault returned as a works team following its late deal to acquire the Lotus team from Genii. Kevin Magnusson and debutant Jolyon Palmer struggled all year although both at least scored points. At the back of the field, the cash-strapped Sauber team snatched the crucial 10th place in the championship when Felipe Nasr finished ninth in the Brazilian rain. Pascal Wehrlein was 10th in Austria for Manor-Mercedes although that did not prove enough to beat Sauber.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Rolex Australian Grand Prix

20/03/2016

Albert Park

57

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

2

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

03/04/2016

Sakhir

57

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

3

Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix

17/04/2016

Shanghai

56

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

4

Russian Grand Prix

01/05/2016

Sochi

53

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

5

Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli

15/05/2016

Catalunya

66

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing

6

Grand Prix de Monaco

29/05/2016

Monte Carlo

78

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

7

Grand Prix du Canada

12/06/2016

Montreal

70

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

8

Grand Prix of Europe

19/06/2016

Baku

51

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

9

Grosser Preis von Osterreich

03/07/2016

Spielberg

71

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

10

British Grand Prix

10/07/2016

Silverstone

52

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

11

Magyar Nagydij

24/07/2016

Hungaroring

70

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

12

Grosser Preis von Deutschland

31/07/2016

Hockenheim

67

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

13

Grand Prix de Belgique

28/08/2016

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

14

Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia

04/09/2016

Monza

53

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

15

Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

18/09/2016

Marina Bay

61

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

16

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

02/10/2016

Sepang

56

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing

17

Emirates Japanese Grand Prix

09/10/2016

Suzuka

53

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

18

United States Grand Prix

23/10/2016

Austin (COTA)

56

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

19

Gran Premio de Mexico

30/10/2016

Mexico City

71

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

20

Grande Premio do Brasil

13/11/2016

Interlagos

71

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

21

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

27/11/2016

Yas Marina

55

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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