2016 F1 Championship Standings

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The 2016 season did not present many technical changes from the car’s side, though it did bring various teams and drivers changes, including the return of Renault as a works team after four years.

Renault signed 2014 GP2 champion Jolyn Palmer to partner the McLaren-departing Kevin Magnussen instead of the previous Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean (now going to the newly-formed Haas team) and Pastor Maldonado, who suffered after his sponsors were not able to match contract obligations.

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Season Overview

2016 F1 Championship Overview

2016 F1 World Championship
NOGrand PrixDateWinnerTeamLapsTime
12016 Australian F1 GPMarch 20Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5701:48:15.565
22016 Bahrain F1 GPApril 3Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5701:33:34.696
32016 Chinese F1 GPApril 17Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5601:38:53.891
42016 Russian F1 GPMay 1Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5301:32:41.997
52016 Spanish F1 GPMay 15Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull6601:41:40.017
62016 Monaco F1 GPMay 29United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes7801:59:29.133
72016 Canadian F1 GPJune 12United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes7001:31:05.296
82016 European F1 GPJune 19Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5101:32:52.366
92016 Austrian F1 GPJuly 3United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes7101:27:38.107
102016 British F1 GPJuly 8United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes5201:34:55.831
112016 Hungarian F1 GPJuly 24United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes7001:40:30.115
122016 German F1 GPJuly 31United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes6701:30:44.200
132016 Belgian F1 GPAugust 28Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes4401:44:51.058
142016 Italian F1 GPSeptember 4Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5301:17:28.089
152016 Singapore F1 GPSeptember 18Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes6101:55:48.950
162016 Malaysian F1 GPOctober 2Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Austria Red Bull5601:37:12.776
172016 Japanese F1 GPOctober 9Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes5301:26:43.333
182016 USA F1 GPOctober 23United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes5601:38:12.618
192016 Mexican F1 GPNovember 6United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes7101:40:31.402
202016 Brazilian F1 GPNovember 13United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes7103:01:01.335
212016 Abu Dhabi F1 GPNovember 27United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes5501:38:04.013

Season Report

2016 F1 Championship Report

Rosberg’s moment of glory

At Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat started the year, but the Russian was demoted to Toro Rosso in favor of Max Verstappen ahead of the fifth round at Spain. The Dutchman ultimately won his first race for Red Bull.

The 2016 season did not present many technical changes from the car’s side, though it did bring various teams and drivers changes, including the return of Renault as a works team after four years.

Renault signed 2014 GP2 champion Jolyn Palmer to partner the McLaren-departing Kevin Magnussen instead of the previous Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean (now going to the newly-formed Haas team) and Pastor Maldonado, who suffered after his sponsors were not able to match contract obligations.

At Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat started the year, but the Russian was demoted to Toro Rosso in favor of Max Verstappen ahead of the fifth round at Spain. The Dutchman ultimately won his first race for Red Bull.

Mercedes and Ferrari maintained their driver lineups, while the Maranello-based team was expected to compete closely with the defending champions after their 2015 resurgence. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were expected to be again in the championship mix, but ultimately the pecking order had Mercedes well in front of the rest, which made the WDC a battle of only two cars.

New races were added to the calendar, as the German Grand Prix returned to Hockenheim after not being celebrated in 2015 and the European Grand Prix returned at a new venue in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Rosberg’s dominant start and Hamilton’s woes

Mercedes’ German driver got off to a great start of the year. Having won the last three races of 2015 after Hamilton had sealed his third championship, Rosberg won at Australia after Ferrari made a strategic mistake with Sebastian Vettel, who was leading before a red flag caused by a heavy accident between McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and the returning Esteban Gutiérrez (Haas). It was a Mercedes 1-2 in the first race, with Pole-sitter Hamilton recovering to P2 after a bad start and having to go out of the track at Turn 1 to avoid Rosberg’s car.

In the second race, at Bahrain, Hamilton started from Pole Position but was spun round in the first corner by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, giving Rosberg an easy run to his fifth straight glory. 

Hamilton started last in China due to an engine failure in qualifying as Rosberg won from Pole Position. The Englishman’s strategy was weird in the race and he only finished seventh. At Russia, Q3 turbo failure for Hamilton meant Rosberg got Pole and the British racer had to settle with tenth place. The start of the race was chaotic, with Kvyat taking Vettel out just a race after Vettel had called him a “torpedo” in the cooldown room before the Chinese GP podium. The crash ultimately was a factor mentioned by Red Bull when demoting the Russian back to STR.

Spanish disaster for the Silver Arrows and Verstappen’s rise

Now 43 points behind Rosberg, Hamilton qualified on Pole at Spain, but the Mercedes pair collided on lap 1 when Hamilton, who lost his lead at the start, tried to overtake Rosberg on the inside of Turn 4. Rosberg closed his line after the Englishman already had a wheel on the side of his car and it was too late to back out of the move. Hamilton avoided Rosberg and went to the grass, where his car lost control and the two crashed out of the race.

The Mercedes’ clash was highly controversial, with Hamilton saying in the press conference prior to the finale at Abu Dhabi that he would write a book in many years to explain what was said afterwards. 

In Spain, it was Verstappen’s day. The young Dutchman took advantage of a one-stop strategy opposed to his teammate’s two-stop to win the race. Ricciardo led most of the race, but an unexpected second pitstop on lap 43 ultimately lost him the chance to win.

Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix and the youngest to achieve a podium at 18 years and 228 days. 

Hamilton’s resurgence

Red Bull started on Pole Position in the next race, at Monaco, but a wet race and a horrible pitstop were terrible for the Australian on Sunday. Hamilton, who made a great stint with wet tyres on the drying track, saved a pitstop and emerged victorious after Ricciardo’s trouble. The Englishman suffered to maintain his place after Ricciardo came out of the pits on fresh tyres, but ultimately took the 44th victory of his career.

Sergio Pérez finished third at Monaco for Force India, while Rosberg’s lead was cut to 24 points after a lowly seventh place. Rosberg even led Hamilton through on the early stages as he could not find pace on the wet track.

Hamilton won five of the next six races, with Rosberg winning the first-ever race at Baku after Hamilton crashed in Q3. At the end of the first half, Hamilton was holding a 19-point lead over Rosberg, but he was set to suffer a grid penalty at Belgium for exceeding Power Unit elements. The pair had collided again while fighting for the lead at Austria, in the final lap, with Rosberg crashing into Hamilton and damaging his own car, while Hamilton won the race.

A solid second half for Rosberg & Hamilton mechanical issues decide the battle

Rosberg started the second half with three straight wins, taking advantage of Hamilton’s grid penalty at Spa, where Mercedes also made strategic errors with the recovering Hamilton, who had an extra pitstop and finished third behind Ricciardo. Hamilton’s bad start at Monza gave Rosberg a comfortable win, while a perfect weekend for Rosberg in Singapore (and holding Ricciardo behind in the end) meant the German recovered the championship lead.

At Spa, 2015 GP3 champion Esteban Ocon made his F1 debut with Manor, replacing Rio Haryanto.

At Malaysia, Hamilton started from Pole and Rosberg almost got taken out at the first corner by an out-of-control Vettel. On lap 41, Hamilton’s comfortable lead disappeared after his car let him down once again due to an engine failure. Ricciardo led a Red Bull 1-2 after a thrilling battle with Verstappen and Rosberg came third to increase his lead to 22 points with five races left.

Rosberg outqualified Hamilton at Suzuka for the third straight year, and Hamilton’s grid spot being wet for the start of the race further damaged the British driver’s chances. Rosberg dominated at Japan and made sure he could win the title with four P2 finished in the last four races.

Hamilton qualified on Pole Position for the last four races and won all the events. At Brazil, an extremely wet track showed us an amazing race, with Hamilton unmatched out front and with Verstappen having an extraordinary outing, which included a fantastic final stint in which he recovered from an untimely pitstop to finish third.

In the finale at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton needed to win with Rosberg out of the podium, as the German entered the race with a 12-point lead. Hamilton did his best to help his cause, backing Rosberg into the path of Vettel and Verstappen, but Rosberg held his P2 to become the second son of a World Champion to reach the title glory (after Damon Hill, son of Graham, did it in 1996).

Rosberg achieved nine wins, eight Poles and 16 podiums to Hamilton’s 10 victories, 12 Poles and 17 podiums. However, Rosberg’s year was unblemished on the reliability and strategical sides and it was enough to beat Hamilton by five points.

Hamilton was gracious on the podium and congratulated his long-time rival. Rosberg, on his side, looked exhausted after the race and just days after achieving his childhood dream, he retired from the sport.

Ultimately, Mercedes won the World Constructors’ Championship way ahead of Red Bull, who beat the winless Ferrari to P2 and was consistently the second-best squad throughout 2016.

Ricciardo finished third in the WDC for the second time in his career.

Force India finished fourth behind Ferrari, achieving their best result in the WCC at the time with 173 points (they finished fourth again in 2017 with 187 points). Williams had one their last good years in 2016, finishing fifth with a podium by Valtteri Bottas in Canada.

McLaren had another difficult year and finished sixth, followed by Toro Rosso and the impressive Haas, which achieved a great sixth place in their first race with Romain Grosjean.  Renault, Sauber and Manor closed the field as the only teams with single-digit points in the WCC. Manor scored their only point in the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, with Pascal Wehrlein finishing 10th.

Childhood friends turned into title rivals gave us a thrilling racing show.

Drivers Standings

2016 Formula 1 Championship Driver Standings

1Germany Nico Rosberg38511*11*DNF75*1*43*241113*12222
2United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton3802372DNF1*151*1113*23DNF31111
3Australia Daniel Ricciardo2564*441142775432*252*1633*85
4Germany Sebastian Vettel2123DNS2DNF3422DNF945635DNF4*4*553*
5Netherlands Max Verstappen2041068DNF1DNF482253117622DNF43*4
6Finland Kimi Räikkönen186DNF2532DNF64356*694445DNF6DNF6
7Mexico Sergio Pérez10113161197310317611105886781048
8Finland Valtteri Bottas8589104512369149986DNF51016811DNF
9Germany Nico Hülkenberg7271515*DNFDNF689197107410DNF88DNF777
10Spain Fernando Alonso54DNF126DNF511DNF1813712714*77165131010
11Brazil Felipe Massa535865810DNF10201118DNF1091213979DNF9
12Spain Carlos Sainz469DNF912689DNF88814DNF151411176166DNF
13France Romain Grosjean2965198DNF1314137DNF14131311DNSDNF111020DNS11
14Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat25DNS731510*DNF12DNFDNF10161514DNF91413111813DNF
15United Kingdom Jenson Button2114DNF131099DNF11612DNF8DNF12DNF91891216DNF
16Denmark Kevin Magnussen7121117715DNF161414171516DNF1710DNF14121714DNF
17Brazil Felipe Nasr21514201614DNF18121315172117DNF13DNF191515916
18United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer111DNS221313DNFDNF1512DNF121915DNF1510121314DNF17
19Germany Pascal Wehrlein116131818161417DNF10DNF1917DNFDNF16152217DNF1514
20Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne110
21Mexico Esteban Gutierrez0DNFDNF14171111131611161311121311DNF20DNF19DNF12
22France Esteban Ocon0161818162118211213
23Sweden Marcus Ericsson0DNF12161412DNF151715DNF2018DNF161712151411DNF15
24Indonesia Rio Haryanto0DNF1721DNF1715191816DNF2120

2016 F1 results distribution of points: P1=25, P2=18, P3=15, P4=12, P5=10, P6=8, P7=6, P8=4, P9=2 & P10=1 point
* = this driver drove the fastest lap of the race.

DNQ = Did Not Qualify, DNS = Did Not Start, Ret = Retired, DSQ = Disqualified, NC = Not Classified

Drivers Stats

2016 F1 Drivers Statistics Table

United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton2110341712118632380
Germany Nico Rosberg21952168120261385
Australia Daniel Ricciardo2114381126740256
Netherlands Max Verstappen2114270117613204
Germany Sebastian Vettel2103470105734212
Finland Kimi Räikkönen2102240109414186
Mexico Sergio Pérez2100220126100101
Finland Valtteri Bottas210011011520285
Germany Nico Hülkenberg210000010431572
Brazil Felipe Massa210000011630353
Spain Carlos Sainz210000011630446
France Romain Grosjean210000010310529
Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat21001109701525
United Kingdom Jenson Button21000009990621
Denmark Kevin Magnussen21000001078047
Brazil Felipe Nasr21000001155022
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer2100000962051
Germany Pascal Wehrlein21000001050041
Sweden Marcus Ericsson21000001054050
Mexico Esteban Gutierrez21000001097050
Spain Fernando Alonso200000011261454
Indonesia Rio Haryanto1200000613030
France Esteban Ocon900000508000
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne10000056001

Teams Standings

2016 Formula 1 Championship Constructor Standings

1Germany Mercedes61111DNF7514324111312222765
2Austria Red Bull34441142775432252163385468
26DNS7315 DNF12              
33    1DNF482253117622DNF434
3Italy Ferrari53DNS2DNF3422DNF945635DNF44553398
4India Force India1113161197310317611105886781048173
5United Kingdom Williams195865810DNF10201118DNF1091213979DNF9138
6United Kingdom McLaren14DNF 126DNF511DNF18137127147716513101076
47 10                   
7Italy Toro Rosso26    10  DNFDNF10161514DNF91413111813DNF63
8United States Haas865198DNF1314137DNF14131311DNSDNF111020DNS1129
9France Renault2121117715DNF161414171516DNF1710DNF14121714DNF8
10Switzerland Sauber9DNF12161412DNF151715DNF2018DNF161712151411DNF152
11United Kingdom Manor31            1618181621182112131
12United Kingdom Racing Point88DNF                    0

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