A simple guide to the upcoming f1 season. This year will introduce 3 new drivers, a new Pirelli compound tyre and a new venue to race at.
Teams and Drivers Changes
- Renault will return to the sport as a works team after they purchased Lotus from Genii Capital in mid December 2015 after Lotus suffered badly in 2015 due to lack of money.
- Romain Grosjean left Lotus, at the end of 2015 to join new f1 team, Haas F1. He will be joined by former Sauber driver, Esteban Gutierrez. Gutierrez will return to F1 after a year as Ferrari’s test and reserve driver.
- Taking Grosjean’s seat at Renault will be Jolyon Palmer. Palmer, the GP2 2014 series champion will partner Kevin Magnussen.
- Kevin Magnussen will replace Pastor Maldonado as Maldonado’s sponsor feel behind on payments to the team.
- Manor have changed their line up for this year signing Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto to replace Will Stevens, Alexander Rossi and Roberto Merhi.
Team and Driver Line-Up
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen
Williams: Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa
Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen
Force India: Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg
Renault: Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer
Torro Rosso: Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat
Sauber: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson
McLaren: Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso
Manor: Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto
Haas: Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez
In season changes: After the Russian GP, Max Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull and Daniil Kvyat was demoted to Torro Rosso.
Lewis Hamilton will be the defending drivers champion with Mercedes being the defending constructors champion.
20 March: Australia
3 April: Bahrain
17 April: China
1 May: Russia**
15 May: Spain
29 May: Monaco
12 June: Canada
19 June: Baku, Azerbaijan**
3 July: Austria
10 July: United Kingdom
24 July: Hungary
31 July: Germany***
28 August: Belgium
4 September: Italy
18 September: Singapore
2 October: Malaysia***
9 October: Japan
23 October: USA
30 October: Mexico
13 November: Brazil
27 November: Abu Dhabi
- The Russian* grand prix has changed the date from the 11th October to the 1st of May.
- The grand prix of Europe will return to the calendar with the race to be held in Baku**, Azerbaijan.
- The German*** grand prix returns to the calendar after it was cancelled and dropped after both venues, Nürburgring and the Hockenheim ring were unable to host the event.
- The Malaysian**** grand prix has changed places with the Russian grand prix. Malaysia, held in the early months will now be held in October, paired with the Japanese grand prix.
- This season will be the longest ever in the sports history with 21 grand prixs set.
- Mercedes will be the biggest manufacture supplying teams with Mercedes engines including: the works Mercedes team, Williams, Force India and Manor.
- Ferrari will supply 3 teams with Ferrari engines including: the works Ferrari team, Sauber, Haas and Torro Rosso.
- Honda will only be supplying McLaren and are hoping for a better year.
- Renault will become a works team and will only supply themselves.
- Red Bull will run TAG Heuer branded Renault engines after Red Bull and Renault split after the Renault engine was unreliable and uncompetitive throughout the 2015 season.
- Exhaust layout
- To Improve engine noise, teams must now separate exhaust pipe for the turbine and wastegate rather than the single exhaust used last year.
- Power unit development
- Each manufacturer, (Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda) will be allowed 32 power unit tokens for in season development to update their engines. They are allowed to use these tokens where and when ever.
- To encourage variation and excitement between race strategies, Pirelli have added a new tyre compound called the Ultrasound, marked purple. They have also introduced a new rule on how the teams use the tyres across the weekend.
- Radio communications
- Last year, the FIA clamped down on engineer to driver talking relations. But there has been more restrictions on what the drivers can be told. This is supposed to make the drivers more self-reliant during the races.