The team underwent a management reshuffle following the resignation of team principal and sporting director. . Hamilton took pole position at the next round in Austria while Rosberg started sixth after a grid penalty. The shape of things to come was on display at F1 testing in Abu Dhabi. 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. Read the full before submitting content. The was also revived, with the event visiting a new circuit in 's capital city,.
Team boss Christian Horner has admitted that Toro Rosso are likely to outperform their parent team in the early part of the new season. Laughs Some of the teams they thought would do good really missed it. Romain Grosjean has taken a risk joining the team, probably in the hope that their ties with Ferrari lead to an opportunity with the Italian outfit later in his career. 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. Lance Stroll has made the switch from Williams for next year - having seen a potential mid-2018 move evaporate. Alonso returned to his seat for the two weeks later. After several failed attempts at reviving the race in 2014 and 2015, the event's return was deferred until the 2016 season; however, it was once again left off the final calendar for the season.
Licensed by Formula One World Championship Limited. In the World Constructors' Championship, successfully defended their title for the second consecutive year, beating by 297 points. The team used power units supplied by and a chassis developed by. The best of those was a sensational podium finish for Sergio Perez at the Russian Grand Prix; a sweet moment for the Mexican whose F1 career looked in decline after being ditched by McLaren in 2013. Vettel's relationship with the Monegasque is also likely to have a huge bearing on his future. Palmer had previously made regular free practice appearances with the team when it was known as Lotus in 2015.
Hamilton went on to win the race, while Rosberg secured his maiden Drivers' Championship title with second place. Gutiérrez returned to competition after spending a season as Ferrari's test and reserve driver. Williams could well have won the British Grand Prix last year had they been a bit cannier with strategy, but typical struggles on low-speed circuits meant their opportunities to win races were lacking. The former formally ended their nine-year partnership with engine supplier at the end of the 2015 season, with the team citing the lack of performance from the Renault Energy-F1 2015 engine as a leading factor in the change. Rosberg's race was further complicated by a time penalty for an aggressive pass on Verstappen that forced the Red Bull driver wide. Hamilton dropped as low as fifth at the start, recovering to fourth in the opening laps and got ahead of the Ferraris of Vettel and Räikkönen by making one pit-stop less.
But with Manor and McLaren showing signs of improvement, Sauber need to have something up their sleeve to stay ahead. Both moved to the with , while , who also raced for the team in 2015, was moved to a test and reserve role while he joined the. 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. The European Grand Prix returned to the calendar after a four-year absence. However, the event was discontinued in 2014, and was omitted from the calendar for the third consecutive season in 2016.
Magnussen's admirable consistency in 2018 has landed the Dane a two-year deal - rare currency in F1's midfield. A pre-season tyre test was held at in France in January, conducted by Pirelli to evaluate their wet weather tyres. 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. Ricciardo will have been encouraged, meanwhile, by Renault having just had their best season since they returned to the sport in 2016. After qualifying, the system once again came under heavy fire with Hamilton securing pole position ahead of Rosberg and Vettel. It was the first Grand Prix held in Azerbaijan. The team also brought a famous name back to the paddock, selecting , grandson of two-time champ Emerson, as their test driver for next year.
Who do you think will keep there drive at the end of 2019? McLaren Honda Jenson Button Fernando Alonso. Pascal Wehrlein, Mick Schumacher and Esteban Ocon were all linked to the seat, but it went to Alexander Albon - like Kvyat previously dropped from the Red Bull academy - after the Thai-British driver reneged on a Formula E contract with Nissan. Red Bull explained the decision to swap their drivers as being made to relieve pressure on Kvyat following criticism for his role in a first-lap accident in the , and to ease ongoing tension between Verstappen and teammate at Toro Rosso. Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen in a Sauber? Romain Grosjean has the privilege of being the first to try out newcomer Haas's maiden car, with rookie Pascal Wehrlein on hand for Manor as it unveils an all-new car complete with Mercedes power unit and Williams transmission. Neither will want to let this opportunity slip their grasp. This decision also allowed further development on parts that were initially planned to be closed off, including the upper and lower crankcase, valve drive, crankshaft, air-valve system and ancillaries drive.
The team continued using Renault engines, but they were rebadged as. Sauber were eighth in the standings last year, with a smattering of points finishes and decent reliability ensuring they finished above McLaren. The race was run on a in the capital,. His race seat was filled by champion and test driver , who made his Formula One début with at the. Drivers select their remaining ten tyre sets for the event between the three compounds and must use two dry compounds during the race. The next race in featured a number of incidents on the first lap with Vettel and getting involved. The linchpin in these negotiations is likely to be the U.
Meanwhile, Hamilton suffered a poor start, slipping from second on the grid to eighth by the end of the first lap. The fate befalling Ocon - who will have to be content as a reserve driver for the 2019 season - has frustrated fans, team officials and his fellow drivers alike. The following twenty-one Grands Prix took place in 2016. This yielded Nico Rosberg's first pole position of the year after Hamilton suffered a number of setbacks both in qualifying and during the race itself, eventually finishing in seventh place, with his teammate taking his third consecutive victory of the 2016 season. The Frenchman earned his seat with an impressive recovery from a woeful start to the season.