2016 Formula One season

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2016 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
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The 2016 Formula One season will be the sixty-seventh season of the FIA Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the sport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Teams and drivers will compete for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' Championships.

Signed teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers are currently signed to take part in the 2016 Formula One World Championship:

Team Constructor Power unit Tyre No. Drivers
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari P 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel[1]
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India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India-TBA TBA P 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez[3]
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United States Haas F1 Team[4] Haas-Ferrari Ferrari[5] P TBA Flag of None.svg TBA
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United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren-Honda Honda[6] P 14 Spain Fernando Alonso[7]
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button[8]
Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team         Mercedes Mercedes P 6 Germany Nico Rosberg[9]
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Austria Red Bull Racing[10] Red Bull-Renault Renault[11] P 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo[12]
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Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-TBA TBA P 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen[13]        
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Team changes[edit]

List of planned races[edit]

The following twenty-three Grands Prix are currently under contract to take place in 2016.

Grands Prix contracted for 2016
Grand Prix Circuit
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix[15] United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix of America[16][17] United States Port Imperial Street Circuit, New Jersey
Australian Grand Prix[18] Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
Austrian Grand Prix[19] Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
Bahrain Grand Prix[20] Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Belgian Grand Prix[21] Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
Baku European Grand Prix[22][23] Azerbaijan Baku Street Circuit (Azadliq Avenue), Baku[N 1]
Brazilian Grand Prix[25] Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
British Grand Prix[26] United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
Canadian Grand Prix[27] Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Chinese Grand Prix[28] China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
German Grand Prix[29] Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
Hungarian Grand Prix[30][31] Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
Italian Grand Prix[32] Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Japanese Grand Prix[33] Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
Korean Grand Prix[34] To be announced
Malaysian Grand Prix[35] Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
Mexican Grand Prix[36] Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City        
Monaco Grand Prix[37] Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Russian Grand Prix[38] Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi[39]
Singapore Grand Prix[40] Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Spanish Grand Prix[41] Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona
United States Grand Prix[42] United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

Calendar changes[edit]

Formula One will visit Azerbaijan for the first time in 2016 for the revival of the European Grand Prix, with the race to be run on a street circuit in the capital, Baku.

Rule changes[edit]

  • Starting in 2016, the number of pre-season tests will be reduced from three to two.[45]
  • The process new drivers go through in order to qualify for a superlicence will be changed,[46] with additional restrictions put in place. Applicants must be at least eighteen years old, hold a valid driver's licence for roadgoing cars, and will be required to spend at least two seasons competing in recognised feeder series. A point system for feeder series has been introduced, and new drivers must also have scored 40 points in a three-year-period from these series, in order to obtain a superlicence.[47] The changes were introduced following controversy over Max Verstappen qualifying for a superlicence at the age of sixteen after a single season competing in European Formula 3.[47]


  1. ^ The name "Baku Street Circuit" has been used to refer to three different circuits used by Formula One, the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Sprint Series. The proposed European Grand Prix circuit will be based around Azadliq Avenue.[24]


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