FIA Formula One 2016 Season

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WTR33660

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Hi all,


I wanted to make this topic as I am interested in finding out your views on this season. I will be posting the results for Practice, Qualifying and Race, and another news that goes on in the world of F1. Anyone can post there opinions on what they think (without the cause on any arguments). Who's your Favourite? Let me know!


Your 2016 Calendar:

Fri 18 – Sun 20 Mar 2016: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Australia


Fri 01 – Sun 03 Apr 2016: Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir *NIGHT RACE*


Fri 15 – Sun 17 Apr 2016: Shanghai International Circuit China


Fri 29 – Sun 01 May 2016: Sochi Autodrom Russia


Fri 13 – Sun 15 May 2016: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Spain


Thu 26 – Sun 29 May 2016: Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo


Fri 10 – Sun 12 Jun 2016: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Canada, Montreal


Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jun 2016: Baku City Circuit Europe *NEW*


Fri 01 – Sun 03 Jul 2016: Red Bull Ring Austria, Spielberg


Fri 08 – Sun 10 Jul 2016: Silverstone Circuit Great Britain


Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jul 2016: Hungaroring Hungary


Fri 29 – Sun 31 Jul 2016: Hockenheimring Germany


Fri 26 – Sun 28 Aug 2016: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Belgium *My Favourite Track*


Fri 02 – Sun 04 Sep 2016: Autodromo Nazionale Monza Italy


Fri 16 – Sun 18 Sep 2016: Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore *NIGHT RACE* *My Favourite Track*


Fri 30 – Sun 02 Oct 2016: Sepang International Circuit Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur


Fri 07 – Sun 09 Oct 2016: Suzuka International Racing Course Japan


Fri 21 – Sun 23 Oct 2016: Circuit of the Americas United States, Austin Texas


Fri 28 – Sun 30 Oct 2016: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City


Fri 11 – Sun 13 Nov 2016: Autódromo José Carlos Pace Brazil, São Paulo


Fri 25 – Sun 27 Nov 2016: Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi *DAY INTO NIGHT RACE* *My Favourite Track*










Your Drivers and Constructors:

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, Germany:

  • Lewis Hamilton 44 Great Britain


  • Nico Rosberg 6 Germany




Scuderia Ferrari, Italy:

  • Sebastian Vettel 5 Germany


  • Kimi Räikkönen 7 Finland




Red Bull Racing, Austria:

  • Daniel Ricciardo 3 Australia


  • Daniil Kvyat 26 Russia




Williams Martini Racing, Great Britain:

  • Felipe Massa 19 Brazil


  • Valtteri Bottas 77 Finland




Scuderia Toro Rosso, Italy:

  • Max Verstappen 33 Russia


  • Carlos Sainz 55 Spain




Sahara Force India, India:

  • Sergio Perez 11 Mexico


  • Nico Hulkenberg 27 Germany




McLaren Honda Formula One Team, Great Britain:

  • Fernando Alonso 14 Spain


  • Jenson Button 22 Britain




Renault Sport Formula One Team, France:

  • Kevin Magnussen 20 Denmark


  • Jolyon Palmer 30 Britain




Sauber Formula One Team, Switzerland:

  • Marcus Ericsson 9 Sweden


  • Felipe Nasr 12 Brazil




Haas F1 Team, United States of America:

  • Romain Grosjean 8 France


  • Esteban Gutierrez 21 Mexico




Manor Racing MRT, Britain:

  • Pascal Wehlein 94 Germany


  • Rio Haryanto 88 Indonesia












As I am late starting this topic, I will only post who won the last three races and the scores at the end:


Australia: Nico Rosberg 6


Bahrain: Nico Rosberg 6


China: Nico Rosberg 6


The Driver Standings After Last 3 Races:

1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 75

2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 39

3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 36

4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 33

5 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 28

6 Felipe Massa Williams 22

7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 21

8 Romain Grosjean Haas 18

9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 13

10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 7

11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 6

12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 4

13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1 *Cover Driver for Fernando Alonso in Bahrain*

14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 0

15 Sergio Perez Force India 0

16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 0

17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0

18 Fernando Alonso McLaren 0

19 Jenson Button McLaren 0

20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 0

21 Felipe Nasr Sauber 0

22 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 0

23 Rio Haryanto Manor 0










The Constructor Standings After Last 3 Races:

1 Mercedes 114

2 Ferrari 61

3 Red Bull Racing 57

4 Williams 29

5 Haas 18

6 Toro Rosso 17

7 Force India 6

8 McLaren 1

9 Renault 0

10 Sauber 0

11 Manor 0










Post your views and thoughts you have on the 2016 season. And any questions you have, that you would like to know, post below!


Next Race: Fri 29 – Sun 01 May 2016: Sochi Autodrom Russia
 
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Sergey Sirotkin joins Renault as test driver and will drive in Russia







 







Sergey Sirotkin has joined Renault as their test driver and will make his debut for the team during Practice One in Russia.


The Russian had previously held the role at Sauber where he drove in practice for the team in Sochi in 2014.


Sirotkin will take the place of Kevin Magnussen for the opening practice session at the former Winter Olympic venue this weekend.


More information can be found here: http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12473/10258712/sergey-sirotkin-joins-renault-as-test-driver-and-will-drive-in-russia
 

Lakitu

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I do watch F1, but I'd rather that senile old fart Bernie was out.


This season is looking to be fairly interesting now that they've got rid of that really bad elimination qualifying. Obviously apart from Mercedes being at the front, but they are justified in doing so after developing the best car and engine; but Ferrari and Red Bull are catching up.


My eye is on Manor, and specifically Pascal Wehrlein, as the team has potential to score points this year and they also have the best looking car. The colours of red and white are overused as hell nowadays, but it really works with the blue.


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That is a beautifully clean livery - I'm amazed hey have the money to run an F1 team with so little advertising.
 
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@joe_alker I agree with you... Manor are showing a good result this season. I am surprised with Pascal, with what he has shown over the last 3 races, I think he qualified in 16th at one point, which I think was amazing. I know he caused a red flag in China Q1, but at some point we all make mistakes; how was meant to know where that dip was, this was also his first time racing on the track. I know what you mean about Bernie!


@whistlehead That is true, they might build up more advertising as the season goes on. They did last year. But funny you should mention that, because I have noticed that the Manor drivers are using their own helmets, for example if you look at the picture above, Pascal is using is helmet that he used when he was former test driver for Mercedes.


I offer my support to Manor, I hope that they do get some points over this season.


I agree that the season didn't get off to a good start, with the elimination style qualifying. They were going to put it back to 2015 style in Bahrain, then they didn't. But they did for China, which now is working better!


Another driver that I support is Lewis Hamilton. So far this season, he hasn't got good start. In Australia, he couldn't get to grips with the one clutch system, although he got Pole position, he finished 2nd. In Bahrain, same thing happened with the clutch, then came into a collision with Bottas (77) on turn 1 lap 1, and Finished 3rd. In China he had 5 grid place penalty due to a gearbox change, then he had no power, and set no time for China so started in 22nd, he finished the race in 7th. I hope that there is a better result for him in Russia.
 

Lakitu

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That is a beautifully clean livery - I'm amazed hey have the money to run an F1 team with so little advertising.










That's why they have Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian government essentially pay for his seat. Pascal Wehrlein also had the influence of Mercedes to help him get the seat, but of course he does have a proven track record, being the 2015 DTM champion.


And there was always this monstrosity


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sunny2807

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To answer the original questions: my favourite race has got to be the Monaco GP and concerning teams, I'm a Ferrarista  :D

Haven't got a favourite between Kimi and Seb though.

My thoughts on the season so far: Qualifying has been awful so far, but thankfully they've changed the format now. Been quite a good season apart from that though, Ferrari are very nearly on the same level as Mercedes and Red Bull are surprisingly fast too. 

Opinion on Wehrlein: I think he's a brilliant driver, but my opinion might be biased because he's half Mauritian  :P
 
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Monaco is a good race... but can never master the track in the F1 game lol. I like Red Bull, and I am pleased with the resault of them!


I like all the tracks in some way or another, the one I probably don't like is Austria as I find it too easy. But I can't wait for Baku, and interested to find out what this city circuit is like!
 
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Lakitu

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I tend to prefer the more traditional 'real' tracks, like Melbourne, Catalunya, Silverstone, Monaco, Canada, Spa, Hockenheim, Nurburgring, Imola, Monza etc. Few of the new tracks appeal to me, except maybe the Austin CoTA and Mexico City. The move to countries like those in the Middle East (essentially oil-rich countries that can pay Bernie) is disappointing, especially seen as all the tracks are too similar and too boring. Abu Dhabi isn't a bad track, but the others are. I also don't see why there is a race in Azerbaijan, a country with little motorsport heritage and a questionable human rights record.


F1 is failing because all the good tracks are getting dropped, ticket prices are too high, and Sky Sports. Just look at the crowds races like Mexico and every European race draws.


Bahrain 2012:


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Monza every year:


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I understand where your coming from, and its your opinion. This is why I wanted to make this topic, as I know that people has different views. I do like the traditional tracks, but I also like the city tracks as its a change sometimes. But I top faviourte track is Spa as its the longest, and allows the cars to have different wings, to cope with the long, steap, up hill right turn that is well known as 'Eau Rouge' (turn 3).


 Eau Rouge can be found in this video:




Spoiler


 

sunny2807

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Baku should be an interesting race though. Here's what the cars will have to go through  :P


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That road actually will be included! But they'll most certainly be asphalting it  :D










o_O Where on earth will they put the crash barriers? With proper protection you'll only have about 2m of gap left...
 
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Shame no Crashtor this year, would have been a new highscore for him at that section of track. Here are pictures of it paved with the temporary tarmac https://twitter.com/gwaygood/status/717317976303804420


Favourite tracks on the calendar this year have got to be Spielberg, Spa and Hockenheim (German GP is back! :D ). All we need now is a French GP if Magny-Cours ever gets up to F1 standard again, a Dutch GP at Zandvoort (for Verstappen to have a win at a home GP! :D ) and have the Nürburgring has the European GP again.


I change what teams/drivers I support most years so this year is Ferrari/Seb/Kimi along with Max 'No!' Verstappen and Pascal Wehrlein. Agree with Joe that Bernie needs to take a hike and stop having GPs in these countries run by dubious people with little interest anything but money. Currently I watch the Channel 4 coverage and as soon as Sky gets the monopoly and F1 is behind a paywall in the UK, I will not supporting Motley Murdoch and instead watch it via an Acestream link kindly donated by someone on r/forumula1 or just watch Rossi, hopefully, win his tenth MotoGP title on the BT Sport player :P  (I have broadband with BT already so the web player and app is only a few quid a month).
 
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Baku is incredibly tight! Be interesting to see how they overtake on this track. Thank you for the pictures of Baku.
 
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Gearbox penalty adds to Vettel’s Russian woes







Grid penalty for Sebastian Vettel following gearbox change!







Lewis Hamilton also gets new gearbox, but won't face a penalty!







Sebastian Vettel is set to drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix after an unscheduled gearbox change on his Ferrari.


The blow comes after Vettel also lost an hour of running in Friday’s second Sochi practice session with a suspected electrical problem on his SF16-H, leaving team mate Kimi Raikkonen to conduct the bulk of Ferrari’s programme.


"The good news is that the balance of our car feels quite good and the track is suiting us more and more." Sebastian Vettel


More information found here: http://www.formula1.com/content/fom-website/en/latest/headlines/2016/4/gearbox-penalty-adds-to-vettels-russian-woes.html


Results for FP1:

1) 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.127 32 Laps

2) 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.849 +0.722s 31 Laps

3) 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.175 +1.048s 19 Laps

4) 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:39.332 +1.205s 18 Laps

5) 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:39.365 +1.238s 14 Laps

6) 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:39.650 +1.523s 24 Laps

7) 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.802 +1.675s 34 Laps

8) 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:40.218 +2.091s 26 Laps

9) 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:40.287 +2.160s 22 Laps

10) 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:40.654 +2.527s 21 Laps

11) 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:40.663 +2.536s 19 Laps

12) 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.771 +2.644s 18 Laps

13) 46 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 1:40.898 +2.771s 24 Laps

14) 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:41.085 +2.958s 21 Laps

15) 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:41.134 +3.007s 22 Laps

16) 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:41.238 +3.111s 18 Laps

17) 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:41.385 +3.258s 20 Laps

18) 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:41.671 +3.544s 25 Laps

19) 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:41.962 +3.835s 22 Laps

20) 94 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:42.483 +4.356s 21 Laps

21) 88 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:42.687 +4.560s 8 Laps

22) 34 Alfonso Celis Force India 1:43.432 +5.305s 23 Laps










Results for FP2:

1) 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.583 30 Laps

2)5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.235 +0.652s 10 Laps

3) 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.450 +0.867s 37 Laps

4) 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:38.793 +1.210s 35 Laps

5) 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:39.084 +1.501s 34 Laps

6) 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.185 +1.602s 42 Laps

7) 26 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing 1:39.193 +1.610s 32 Laps

8) 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:39.196 +1.613s 31 Laps

9) 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:39.289 +1.706s 38 Laps

10) 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:39.400 +1.817s 30 Laps

11) 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:39.465 +1.882s 37 Laps

12) 33 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:39.501 +1.918s 30 Laps

13) 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:39.795 +2.212s 31 Laps

14) 11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:39.867 +2.284s 38 Laps

15) 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:40.193 +2.610s 41 Laps

16) 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.260 +2.677s 24 Laps

17) 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:40.508 +2.925s 26 Laps

18) 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:40.688 +3.105s 37 Laps

19) 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:40.740 +3.157s 31 Laps

20) 88 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:41.080 +3.497s 38 Laps

21) 94 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:41.148 +3.565s 23 Laps

22) 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:41.652 +4.069s 29 Laps










What are your thoughts of the aeroscreen testing in FP1, on Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull?


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I think that the aeroscreen is alright, in the ways that it suites the car visually. But as I herd today, can it effect the cooling of the car? Which is why that they only had to run it for 1 lap. Will it slow the driver if they need to get out quickly? Or, Will it block an escape route for the driver? (think back to Australia when Alonso had that crash, he only got out with a small gab from the cockpit!) How will it effect the cars for 2017? Send your thoughts below!
 
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It looks ok, but as you say, we need to know how it affects safety as well as getting the drivers' thoughts on it after trying it. If it does more harm than good then it would be pointless using it.
 
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