Archived from on 27 May 2016. Formula One World Championship Limited. Going into the final round at Abu Dhabi, Rosberg led Hamilton by twelve points. Archived from on 14 May 2017. However, following widespread criticism of the format at the opening rounds, the format was abandoned after two races, and the system used between 2006 and 2015 re-introduced at the. Archived from on 23 April 2018. Archived from on 10 May 2017.
Dallara had last participated in Formula One as the chassis manufacturer for in. Archived from on 18 May 2016. A second test, also in Barcelona, was conducted on 1—4 March. Archived from on 2 February 2016. Archived from on 2 December 2015. Hamilton established an early lead, while Rosberg and Verstappen fought over second place.
The calendar similarly expanded, with the return of the. The race saw Rosberg take his second consecutive victory of 2016 followed by Räikkönen and Hamilton, respectively. The two drivers followed opposing strategies to be first and second after the pit stops, with Hamilton on the preferred racing tyre gradually catching Rosberg. He was replaced by , who was released by when they chose not to renew his contract after he entered a single race for the team in 2015. Palmer had previously made regular free practice appearances with the team when it was known as Lotus in 2015. With Mercedes opting to take a series of grid penalties to build up a stockpile of components, Hamilton was forced to start the next race in Belgium from the back of the grid.
The race saw Jenson Button fall afoul of new restrictions on pit-to-car communications that demanded that any car with an issue serious enough to require the intervention of the team be pitted or retired. Any driver who caused the start of a race to be aborted would have been required to start the race from pit lane at the restart. Hamilton further consolidated his championship lead, beating Rosberg off the line at the start; for his part, Rosberg was caught by the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen and was unable to pass them. At the next Grand Prix in China, the elimination style qualifying format was permanently dropped in favour of the previous format used between 2006 and 2015. Archived from on 17 March 2016. Archived from on 4 December 2015. He took advantage of first-lap contact between Vettel, Räikkönen and Verstappen to work his way through the field before a heavy accident involving Kevin Magnussen at Eau Rouge forced the race to be temporarily stopped.
Although race stewards confirmed that Rosberg had slowed, he nevertheless secured pole with his lap time. Formula One World Championship Limited. Archived from on 6 December 2017. Manor did not retain their 2015 drivers either, opting to sign two rookies for its 2016 campaign: reigning champion and regular , who became the first Indonesian driver to race in the championship. Archived from on 19 November 2016. The former was paired up with the in October, reverting to the time of year it was held in 1999—2000, while the latter was brought forward from its October date to May, becoming the fourth round of the season. Former host nations are shown in dark grey, and former host circuits are marked with a white dot.
Archived from on 29 February 2016. Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport shortly after winning the title. Archived from on 30 November 2017. Archived from on 7 July 2017. Archived from on 5 February 2016. Rosberg prevailed, but suffered a critical fault with his gearbox late in the race. As of 2019, this was the only season in the 2010s decade won by a driver other than or.
From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi. The race also saw the youngest race winner as Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix, defending against Kimi Räikkönen after Red Bull committed Ricciardo to an additional pit stop. Archived from on 10 August 2016. Teams and drivers took part in twenty-one —making for the longest season in the sport's history—starting in on 20 March and finishing in on 27 November as they competed for the and championships. Rosberg decided to stay out because his lead over Ricciardo was not large enough to pit and stay ahead, but was able to hold on to first place to take the win.
Archived from on 6 December 2015. Archived from on 3 April 2016. The first pre-season team test was held a month later at the Circuit de Catalunya. Hamilton then went on to win the Canadian Grand Prix despite losing the lead to Sebastian Vettel at the start, reclaiming the position with a one-stop strategy while Vettel and Ferrari committed to two stops. Formula One World Championship Limited. Kvyat hit Vettel twice forcing him to retire. The team used the type 060 power unit used by Ferrari teams in 2015 after Ferrari received approval from the to supply year-old engines.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari finished on the last remaining step of the podium. Archived from on 25 February 2016. McLaren 38 8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 25 9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 22 10 Lando Norris McLaren 22 11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 17 12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 14 13 Sergio Perez Racing Point 13 14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda 12 15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso Honda 7 16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 6 17 Romain Grosjean Haas 2 18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1 19 Robert Kubica Williams 0 20 George Russell Williams 0. The team underwent a management reshuffle following the resignation of team principal and sporting director. The changes were introduced following the controversy which surrounded Max Verstappen qualifying for a superlicence at the age of sixteen after a single season competing in. Treacherous weather conditions saw the Brazilian Grand Prix subject to several race stoppages—most notably after Kimi Räikkönen crashed on the main straight—but when racing resumed, Mercedes took another 1—2 finish. He was forced to run a race of recovery, using to reclaim third place going into the final phase of the race, but was unable to pass Max Verstappen, and finished third.