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 67th 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 scheduled to take part in the 2016 Formula One World Championship:

Nat.                 Team                          Constructor Engine Tyre No. Nat.   Drivers          
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari P 14 Spain Fernando Alonso[1]
TBA Flag of None.svg TBA[2]
United States Haas F1 Team[3] Haas-Ferrari Ferrari[4] P TBA Flag of None.svg TBA
TBA Flag of None.svg TBA
Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes Mercedes P 6 Germany Nico Rosberg[5]
TBA Flag of None.svg TBA

Team changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

  • In June 2014, Kimi Räikkönen indicated his plans to retire from Formula One at the end of the 2015 season when his then-current Ferrari contract was set to expire.[2]

List of planned races[edit]

The following twenty-one Grands Prix are currently scheduled to take place in 2016.

Grands Prix contracted for 2016
Grand Prix Nat.                          Circuit                     
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix[7] United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix of America[8][9] United States Port Imperial Street Circuit, New Jersey
Australian Grand Prix[10] Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
Austrian Grand Prix[11] Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
Bahrain Grand Prix[12] Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Baku European Grand Prix[13][14] Azerbaijan Baku Street Circuit (Azadliq Avenue), Baku[N 1]
Brazilian Grand Prix[16] Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
British Grand Prix[17] United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
Canadian Grand Prix[18] Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Chinese Grand Prix[19] China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
German Grand Prix[20] Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
Hungarian Grand Prix[21] Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
Italian Grand Prix[22] Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Japanese Grand Prix[23] Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
Mexican Grand Prix[24] Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
Monaco Grand Prix[25] Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Russian Grand Prix[26] Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi[27]
Singapore Grand Prix[28] Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Spanish Grand Prix[29] Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona
United States Grand Prix[30] United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
Grands Prix under contract for 2015, but not for 2016
Belgian Grand Prix[31] Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
Malaysian Grand Prix[32] Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

Calendar changes[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

  • Starting in 2016, the number of pre-season tests will be reduced from four to three.[34]
  • In September 2014, the FIA World Motorsport Council commissioned a review into the process new drivers go through in order to qualify for a superlicence—a mandatory pre-requisite for all drivers—to be introduced in 2016.[35] The review was commissioned in response to concerns over the way Dutch teenager Max Verstappen qualified for one with less than one year's experience competing in open-wheel racing cars.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The name "Baku Street Circuit" has been used to refer to three different circuits used by Formula One, FIA GT and the Blancpain Sprint Series. The proposed European Grand Prix circuit will be based around Azadliq Avenue.[15]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Wise, Mike (4 July 2014). "Kimi Raikkonen says he'll 'probably' retire when his Ferrari contract expires". Sky Sports F1 (BSkyB). Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2 September 2014). "Gene Haas changes the name of his new Formula 1 team". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Ferrari power unit for Haas F1 Team". Ferrari (Ferrari). 3 September 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Silverstone signs 17-year deal for British Grand Prix". BBC Sport. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Shanghai agrees seven-year Grand Prix extension". ESPN. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Hockenheim handed reprieve". PlanetF1.com. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Hungaroring on F1 calendar until 2016". F1technical.net. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Monza to keep Formula 1's Italian Grand Prix". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 March 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Suzuka to remain on F1 calendar until at least 2018". Autosport. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mexico set to return to F1 calendar in 2015". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Monaco signs ten-year F1 deal". F1Fanatic. 28 July 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  26. ^ Kabanovsky, Aleksander (22 April 2013). "Vettel impressed by Russian circuit after first visit". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix". Formula 1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  28. ^ Collantine, Keith (22 September 2012). "Singapore confirms F1 contract extension to 2017". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "Barcelona renews Formula 1 contract". 12 May 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  30. ^ "Formula One returns to the United States". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). May 25, 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "La Belgique aura un Grand Prix de Formule 1 jusqu'en 2015" [Belgium will have a Formula 1 Grand Prix until 2015]. Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (in French). 8 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Malaysia claims F1 race rights until 2015". 23 October 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  33. ^ Sylt, Christian (24 December 2013). "New Jersey Grand Prix organizers in breach of contract says Ecclestone". Auto Week. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  34. ^ "Standing restarts among 2015 rule changes". 26 June 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  35. ^ "Formula 1 superlicence system to be reviewed". Racer.com. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

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