Team Review 2016

It was the first time since 2009 that every team scored a point in a single season in F1. The teams closed up at the back and at the front to give us more closer racing. Take a look at how your favourite team performed during the course of the F1 season.

02/01/16

Mercedes

  • Wins: 19
  • Pole Positions: 20
  • Podiums: 33
  • Fastest Laps: 9
  • 2016 Finish: 1st, 765 points

2016 Season: Before the season even began, Mercedes were the quickest car in Pre-season testing and that has been shown during most of the season. Red Bull and Ferrari have been their closest rivals, challenging Mercedes throughout the season. The relationship between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton hit another roadblock at the Spanish GP where both crashed and handed the win to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Both made contact again on the final lap of the Austrian GP, giving away a 1-2 finish. Mercedes held a comfortable lead in Constructors championship all season, clinching the championship at the Japanese GP.

Red Bull

  • Wins: 2
  • Pole Positions: 1
  • Podiums: 16
  • Fastest Laps: 6
  • 2016 Finish: 2nd, 468 points

2016 Season: Compared to 2015, 2016 has been a far better for Red Bull. The in-season swap for Max Verstappen to replace Daniil Kvyat has worked a treat for Red Bull. With Verstappen making Daniel Ricciardo perform better, which pushed each other to their limits. Verstappen gave the teams’ first win at the Spanish GP and many more podiums followed for Verstappen and Ricciardo, including a win for Ricciardo at the Malaysian GP. With the 2017 regulations mainly about Aerodynamics, Red Bull have a really good shot for next year to get even closer to Mercedes.

Ferrari

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 11
  • Fastest Laps: 4
  • 2016 Finish: 3rd, 398 points

2016 Season: Disappointing to say the very least. After a strong and encouraging 2015 season, Ferrari have fallen flat. The experienced line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t manage a single GP win. The pressure from the Ferrari management and conflict between them haven’t helped the frustrations of the season. One of the good things to come out of the season, due to the car, is the improvement performance of Raikkonen. He has been able to out-qualifying Vettel 11-10  due to the performance of the car.

Force India

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 2
  • Fastest Laps: 1
  • 2016 Finish: 4th, 173 points

2016 Season: The season for Force India started slowly but things picked up at the Monaco GP where Sergio Perez finished 3rd. Another podium for Perez followed at the European GP where he again finished 3rd. The season was also a good one for other driver, Nico Hulkenberg. Although he didn’t manage any podium finishes, he helped Force India to their highest finish in the Constructors championship of 4th place. With Hulkenberg departing to Renault for 2017, Force India have signed Esteban Ocon as his replacement.

Williams

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 1
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2015 Finish: 5th, 138 points

2016 Season: Williams have dropped from 3rd place in 2015 to 5th place. Like Ferrari, it’s been quite disappointing year for them in terms of results. Both drivers of Valterri Bottas and Felipe Massa scored in every race up until Monaco. Bottas scored the team’s first and only podium of the season with 3rd in Canada. Williams won the DHL Fastest Pit Stop. They set set 14 fastest pit stops out of the whole season with the best of 1.92 seconds at the European GP. Overall, Williams lost out to the battle with Force India for 4th in the championship.With Massa retiring, the team have promoted Lance Stroll to partner Bottas.

McLaren

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 1
  • 2016 Finish: 6th, 76 points

2016 Season: Generally a better season than last year but still still no podiums or wins so far with Honda. The season started off with a terrible crash for Fernando Alonso which made him sit out the next race in Bahrain. This gave the opportunity for Stoffel Vandoorne to race. And raced he did, finishing in 10th place and giving McLaren their first points of the season. Alonso was generally the better driver than Jenson Button, putting in great and enthralling performances throughout the season. McLaren improved from 9th in 2015 to 6th. With Button retiring, Vandoorne will be promoted alongside Alonso.

Torro Rosso

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 1
  • 2015 Finish: 7th, 63 points

2016 Season: Torro Rosso decided to use the 2015 Ferrari engine from last year. This meant that they would be slower in the second half of the season compared to other Ferrari powered teams like Sauber and Haas. Carlos Sainz had a great season putting in great performances and he scored well over the course of the season. Daniil Kvyat rejoined after the Russian GP and performed quite poorly on his return only scoring on 3 occasions. The second half of the season was difficult for either drivers to score points and be competitive. Torro Rosso have retained Sainz and Kvyat for 2017.

Haas F1

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2016 Finish: 8th, 29 points

2016 Season: Haas and lead driver Romain Grosjean were living the American Dream in the first couple of races where Grosjean finished 6th in Australia and 5th in Bahrain. The dream slowly died with the team struggling all season long with failing brakes. Esteban Gutierrez struggled all season long finishing outside the points in 11th place, 5 times. Grosjean then scored in Russia, Austria and in USA. Grosjean is staying for next year unlike Gutierrez who is getting replaced by Kevin Magnussen.

Renault

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2016 Finish: 9th, 8 points

2016 Season: Renault returned to the sport as a manufacturer team and had to work off the budget that Lotus had last year. The pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer proved to challenge each other every single race. Magnussen scored the team’s first points in Russia with 7th place. Both drivers struggled over the course of the season and were around the midfield. Magnussen finished in 10th in Singapore and Palmer the same in Malaysia. Palmer is to stay for 2017 alongside the arrival of Nico Hulkenberg.

Sauber

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2016 Finish: 10th, 2 points

2016 Season: Sauber suffered severe financial issues over the Winter and pre-season and the car was less competitive due to lack of development. Sauber became the only team not to score a single point after Manor scored in Austria. Sauber battled the likes of Manor and Renault over the course of the season and the team had to wait until round 20 in Brazil to scores points. Felipe Nasr finished 9th in a great drive in wet conditions to move Sauber ahead of Manor. Marcus Ericsson is confirmed for next year while Nasr is still in contention.

Manor

  • Wins: 0
  • Pole Positions: 0
  • Podiums: 0
  • Fastest Laps: 0
  • 2016 Finish: 11th, 1 point

2016 Season: Manor had a great season compared to last year but 2016 was well below their expectations. The pairing of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto fought around the midfield which is really good for them. Having raced in Austria before in DTM, Wehrlein scored the team’s first points in 10th after a strong drive. Haryanto’s sponsors fell back on payments and he was replaced for the Belgian GP by Esteban Ocon. Wehrlein regularly progressed to Q2 and both drivers fought nearer the midfield and top 10 near the end of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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