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The 2016 Formula 1 season definitely a record setting season, following the FIA’s decision to shift the bench mark of 20 races per season to 21 races. The season will feature the highest number of Grand Prix (21) ever since F1started officially in 1950.

The opening race for the 2016 Formula 1 season will take place once again at Melbourne, Australia while the final race of the season will be held at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The season showcases the return of the German Grand Prix which is scheduled to come alive at Hockenheim on 31st July. Also the European Gran Prix will visit Baku, Azerbaijan this season on June 17-19 which will be the first race ever to be hosted in Azerbaijan.

It is not too much to say that Lewis Hilton is starting the season with great confidence and a hope of winning his third consecutive divers’ championship and becoming a four time world champion. His Mercedes Benz team certainly must have done enough work over the winter to keep them at the apex of the constructors’ chart as they enter a face-off with their rivals when the season heat gets under way.

Renault returns back to F1officially as constructor this season, they took over the Lotus team just before the season begin. The season is also featuring a new entry, the “Haas Formula 1 Team” which is the first American-led racing team in Formula 1 since Beatrice Haas back in 1985-1986.

Driver changes at the beginning of 2016 Formula 1 season

Joylon Palmer a former GP2 series champion will now race for Renault though he had consistent free practice appearances for the team Lotus before it was bought by Renault, he will be partnered by Kevin Magnussen from McLaren. Pastor Maldonado declared that he is not getting into business with Renault though he had previously signed for Lotus for the 2016 season. Romain Grosjean also left Lotus to join the new Haas F1 team where he will partner with Esteban Gutierrez. Manor brought into their team Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto, the formal is the current Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champion while the later will be the first Indonesian to race in the Formula 1 championship.

Teams participating in the 2016 Formula 1 championship and their drivers

  1. Mercedes Benz
  Nico Rosberg wins Spa Francorchamps for the 2016 F1 season

Race drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s):

Development driver(s):

Engines: Mercedes

  1. Ferrari

Race drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

Test driver(s): Jean-Eric Vergne

Reserve driver(s):

Development driver(s):

Engines: Ferrari

  1. Renault

Race drivers: Joylon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s): Esteban Ocon

Development driver(s): Carmen Jorda

Engines: Renault

 4. Williams

Race drivers: Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s): Paul di resta

Development driver(s): Alex Lynn and Lance Stroll

Engines: Mercedes

  1. Toro Rosso

Race drivers: Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s):

Development driver(s):

Engines: Ferrari (2015) version

  1. Force India

Race drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s):

Development driver(s): Alfonso Celis and Nikita Mazepin

Engines: Mercedes

  1. Red Bull

Race drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s): Pierre Gasley

Development driver(s):

Engines: TAG Heuer-branded Renault

  1. McLaren

Race drivers: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s): Stoffel Vandoorne

Development driver(s): Nobuharu Matsushitan

Engines: Honda

  1. Sauber

Race drivers: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s):

Development driver(s):

Engines: Ferrari

  1. Haas

Race drivers: Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s):

Development driver(s): Santino Ferrucci

Engines: Ferrari

  1. Manor

Race drivers: Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Harynato

Test driver(s):

Reserve driver(s): Alexander Rossi

Development driver(s): Jordan King

Engines: Mercedes

Rules and Technical changes in 2016 Formula 1 season

Power unit modification

The tight constraint on engine development has been slackened majorly to help struggling engine manufacturers like Honda and Renault step up their game. Power levels from great engines may now be over 1000 bhp.

Modification of exhaust system

For the 2016 Formula 1 season, the exhaust system of Formula 1 cars has been modified to increase the noise of the cars for the amusement of fans who believed they were too quiet. Teams are now mandated to use separate exhaust pipes for the turbine and wastegate to improve engine noise.

Pirelli’s introduction of fifth tyre compound

Formula One tyre supplier, Pirelli introduced the fifth tyre compound known as “ultrasofts”. Pirelli also changed the mode of their tyre supply for the 2016 Formula 1 season by bringing 3 sets instead of 2 sets to the races. Pirelli will assign 2 sets for the race while the 3rd set will be retained for teams that qualified for Q3. After this, individual driver is allowed to choose his preferred set from the compound. This is to allow drivers to select based on their car, styles of driving and the nature of the track.


Restrictions to in-race radio communication

The restriction on pit-to-car radio communication which had been employed in Formula 1 races since last year has been further tightened for the 2016 Formula 1 season. This is to allow drivers to make certain prominent decisions during the race on their own and not depend on their engineers so much. Drivers will be able to make their own race strategy, engage various engine modes at their own time of choice giving room for possible human errors and lowering predictability of the whole event. Stewards are empowered to supervise this radio transmission to ensure perfect compliance.

Qualifying process

The three-session mode of elimination which has been in practice since 2006 will still be in place but for the Formula 1 2016 season it will feature a time based gradual knock out until only to cars are left to race head to head. However, there is much criticizing about this new method of elimination and everybody waits to see how it works out when the season begins.

Other rules for the 2016 Formula 1 season

The drivers can choose a custom design of protective helmet separate from the one they are known with for only one race weekend per season. The use of different design of helmet by drivers was not allowed because the helmet is used for identification during races.

During testing cars must comply with all cockpit equipment safety requirements.

Any driver who is responsible for a race restart will be mandated to restart from the pit lane.

Pre-season test period was reduced from three to two.

For the 2016 Formula 1 season drivers are strongly mandated to always use the track and must not go off track without any justifiable reason. Consequences for going off track will be based on whether the driver gained any advantage.

 2016 Formula 1 Race Calendar

Venue Date
Melbourne, Australia March 20
Bahrain, Bahrain April 3
Shanghai, China April 17
Sochi, Russia May 1
Barcelona, Spain May 15
Monte Carlo, Monaco May 29
Montreal, Canada June 12
Baku, Azerbaijan June 19
Spielberg, Austria July 3
Silverstone, United Kingdom July 10
Budapest, Hungary July 24
Hockenheim, Germany July 31
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium August 28
Monza, Italy September 4
Singapore, Singapore September 18
Sepang, Malaysia October 2
Suzuka, Japan October 9
Austin, USA October 23
Mexico City, Mexico October 30
Sao Paulo, Brazil November 13
Abu Dhabi, UAE November 27


2016 Formula 1 championship’s Drivers and Constructors standing

After nine successful races of the season, Nico Rosberg is at the top of the drivers’ championship table with 11 points ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes Benz is defending its title very well as the team is in the number one position of the constructors’ championship

2016 Formula 1 championship’s race outcome

Ground Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Winning Constructor
Australian GP Lewis Hamilton Daniel Ricciardo Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Bahrain GP Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Chinese GP Nico Rosberg Nico Hulkenberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Russian GP Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Spanish GP Lewis Hamilton Daniil Kvyat Max Verstappen Red Bull
Monaco GP Daniel Ricciardo Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Canadian GP Lewis Hamilton Nico Roseberg Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
European GP Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Austrian GP Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
British GP Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Hungarian GP  Nico Rosberg  Kimi Raikkonen  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes
German GP  Nico Rosberg  Daniel Ricciardo  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes
Belgian GP Nico Rosberg  Lewis Hamilton  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes
Italian GP  Lewis Hamilton  Fernando Alonso  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes
Singapore GP
Malaysian GP
Japanese GP
Mexican GP
Brazilian GP
Abu Dhabi GP

2016 Formula 1 championship’s drivers standing

Position Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 250
2 Nico Rosberg 248
3 Daniel Ricciardo 161
4 Sebastian Vettel 143
5 Kimi Raikkonen 136
6 Max Verstappen 121
7 Valtteri Bottas 70
8 Sergio Perez 62
9 Nico Hulkenberg 46
10 Felipe Massa 31
11 Fernando Alonso 30
12 Carlos Sainz, Jr. 30
13 Romain Grosjean 28
14 Daniil Kvyat 24
15 Jenson Button 17
16 Kevin Magnussen 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez
20 Jolyon Palmer
21 Marcus Ericsson
22 Felipe Nasr
23 Rio Haryanto
24 Esteban Ocon
Lewis Hamilton Winner of the German Grand Prix and current world championship leader

Lewis Hamilton Winner of the German Grand Prix and current world championship leader

2016 Formula 1 championship’s constructors standing

Position Constructor Points
1 Mercedes Benz 498
2 Red Bull 290
3 Ferrari 279
4 Williams 111
5 Force India 108
6 McLaren 48
7 Toro-Rosso 45
8 Haas 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor 1
11 Sauber

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