2016 Formula 1 Drivers

Mercedes F1 W07

After back-to-back seasons of dominance, testing has gone ominously well. So there’s no reason to look past the Silver Arrows for title-favourite status

Mercedes F1 W07
44Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Last year’s position 1st
Age 31
Starts 167
First GP Australia 2007
Wins 43
Poles 49
Fastest laps 28

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6Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Last year’s position 2nd
Age 30
Starts 185
First GP Bahrain 2006
Wins 14
Poles 22
Fastest laps 14

 

Ferrari SF16-H

Last year’s biggest improver needs to become a genuine title contender. But based on pre-season testing, it’s still got a step to make to threaten Mercedes

Ferrari SF16-H
5Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Last year’s position 3rd
Age 28
Starts 158
First GP USA 2007
Wins 42
Poles 46
Fastest laps 25
7Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Last year’s position 4th
Age 36
Starts 230
First GP Australia 2001
Wins 20
Poles 16
Fastest laps 42

 

Williams Williams-Mercedes FW38

After finishing third in the championship for the past two years, but not managing to win a race, it looks set to be more of the same for the venerable team in 2016

Williams-Mercedes FW38
77
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas

Last year’s position 5th
Age 26
Starts 56
First GP Australia 2013
Best finish 2nd
Best grid position 2nd
Fastest laps 1
19Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa

Last year’s position 6th
Age 34
Starts 229
First GP Australia 2002
Wins 11
Poles 16
Fastest laps 15

 

Red Bull Red Bull-Renault RB12

Formula 1’s erstwhile dominant force came down to earth with a bump last year, failing to win a race for the first time since 2008. This season will also be tough

Red Bull-Renault RB12
26Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat

Last year’s position 7th
Age 21
Starts 37
First GP Australia 2014
Best finish 2nd
Best grid position 4th
Fastest laps 0
3Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Last year’s position 8th
Age 26
Starts 88
First GP Great Britain 2011
Wins 3
Best grid position 2nd
Fastest laps 4

 

Force India Force India-Mercedes VJM09

After finishing fifth in the championship last year, the Silverstone-based squad has its sights set on more giantkilling, and perhaps even a few more podiums

Force India-Mercedes VJM09
11Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez

Last year’s position 9th
Age 26
Starts 93
First GP Australia 2011
Best finish 2nd
Best grid position 4th
Fastest laps 3
27Nico Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg

Last year’s position 10th
Age 28
Starts 94
First GP Bahrain 2010
Best finish 4th
Poles 1
Fastest laps 1

 

Renault RS16

The team formerly known as Toleman, Benetton, Renault and Lotus is now called Renault again, thanks to the French manufacturer buying back its old operation

Renault RS16
20Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen

Last year’s position n/a
Age 23
Starts 19
First GP Australia 2014
Best finish 2nd
Best grid position 4th
Fastest laps 0
30Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer

Last year’s position n/a
Age 25
Starts 0
First GP
Wins
Poles
Fastest laps

 

Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR11

Red Bull’s second team has switched to 2015-spec Ferrari engines, but this should still be a step forward from the Renault power units it struggled with last year

Renault RS16
33Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Last year’s position 12th
Age 18
Starts 19
First GP Australia 2015
Best finish 4th
Best grid position 6th
Fastest laps 0
55Carlos Sainz Jr.

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Last year’s position 15th
Age 21
Starts 19/td>
First GP Australia 2015
Best finish 7th
Best grid position 5th
Fastest laps 0

 

Sauber Sauber-Ferrari C35

After a terrible first year of the new regulations in 2014, Sauber had a solid season last year. Expect F1’s perennial midfielder to stay firmly in the midfield in 2016

Sauber-Ferrari C35
12Felipe Nasr

Felipe Nasr

Last year’s position 13th
Age 23
Starts 18
First GP Australia 2015
Best finish 5th
Best grid position 8th
Fastest laps 0
9Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson

Last year’s position 18th
Age 25
Starts 35
First GP Australia 2014
Best finish 8th
Best grid position 9th
Fastest laps 0

 

McLaren McLaren-Honda MP4-31

After last year’s disaster, things will be better in 2016. But not by enough for a team of this size, resources and history – and Honda power is still the weak point

McLaren-Honda MP4-31
22Jenson Button

Jenson Button

Last year’s position 16th
Age 36
Starts 284
First GP Australia 2000
Wins 15
Poles 8
Fastest laps 8
14Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

Last year’s position 17th
Age 34
Starts 252
First GP Australia 2001
Wins 32
Poles 22
Fastest laps 21

 

Manor Manor-Mercedes MRT05

A new livery, a new engine-supply deal, two new drivers and some new faces in management positions adds up to a new start for the ex-Virgin/Marussia team

Manor-Mercedes MRT05
88
Rio Haryanto

Rio Haryanto

Last year’s position n/a
Age 23
Starts 0
First GP
Wins
Poles
Fastest laps
94Pascal Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein

Last year’s position n/a
Age 21
Starts 0
First GP
Wins
Poles
Fastest laps

Haas Haas-Ferrari VF16

The first American outfit to make it to the Formula 1 grid since the mid-1980s benefits from an alliance with Ferrari, which some argue makes it a ‘B-team’

Haas-Ferrari VF16
8Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean

Last year’s position 11th
Age 29
Starts 83
First GP Europe 2009
Best finish 2nd
Best grid position 2nd
Fastest laps 1
21
Esteban Gutierrez

Esteban Gutierrez

Last year’s position n/a
Age 24
Starts 38
First GP Australia 2013
Best finish 7th
Best grid position 9th
Fastest laps 1