The Beginner’s Guide to 2016 Formula 1 Season

Even for those among us who always wanted to sit back and lead a calm and hassle free life, there would be some point of life  (even for a flash second) where in we craved for speed and mad rush. For others, who enjoyed a rough, on-the-go lifestyle, auto sport might be the first choice preference.

When we talk of auto sports, it could not get any bigger and better than Formula 1. And the new season is almost on us, with just three days to go before that chequered flag waves off in Australia.

The number of terms or glossary or rules that you were hit with whenever you read that article related to Formula 1, could make it intimidating, even for some core followers of the sport. There are few interesting things that you need to be aware of before the race cars hits those Melbourne tracks.

The Beginner’s Guide to 2016 Formula 1 Season includes five key aspects: Tracks, Teams, Points, Tyres and New Qualification Rules. For the rest of information, you will get a hold of them on the go as the season unfolds itself.

So, Let’s Go:

1. Tracks: 

“I love racing so we always welcome more racing. But, it is going to be grueling this season” Lewis Hamilton, the current champion, said during a candid chat for Mercedes’s YouTube Channel.

Yes. It is going one to be the longest Formula 1 season ever with 21 races, starting off with Australian Grand Prix on 18th March 2016 and signing off with Abu Dhabi on 27th November 2016. The previous highest for number of races in a single season was 20 races during 2012 season, which gave Sebastian Vettel, his third world championship. This time Lewis Hamilton is looking for his third consecutive world championship.

Here is the schedule for all the 21 races:

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2. Teams: 

11 teams take part in this season of Formula 1 with Haas-Ferrari being the new inclusion from the previous season. This would essentially mean that the number of drivers participating in this edition increase to 22 from 20.

This season will also witness a change in team name for Marussia to Manor Racing with completely new faces in their cockpits. It would also witness Lotus F1 being dismantled and renewed as Renault F1 with a new personnel.

Here is how the teams look like for 2016 F1 season:

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Last two years had witnessed an enormous growth and non intimidating emergence of Mercedes. This season,however, is expected to be a much closer contest between Mercedes and Ferrari. If the testing was anything to go by, Ferrari made a clear progress with their renewed version of cars.

3) Points:

There is no change in the points system in the recent years. The winner gets 25 points and the last position that could win at least one is number 10. Below that, you do not get any points.

Here is how the points table looks like, by position:

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During the 2015 season, Lewis Hamilton finished off with an aggregate of 381 points followed by his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who accumulated 322 points. Excluding Marussia, Marcus Ericsson of Sauber could only post 9 points in total.

4) Tyres:

The dependency on rules for number of tyre sets that each driver could opt for had been reduced over the years. The number of tyre sets that a driver could opt to remains at 13. But, each driver is given a choice pick the ratio of the type of tyres, he would need eight weeks in advance. Pirelli expects this could promote heavy pre-race strategies, given the advantages that one version of tyres offer over others.

The tyres are categorized into: Medium, soft and super-soft depending on the types of compounds included. Of the 13 tyre sets which are allocated to a driver, three of them would be nominated by the tyre maker Pirelli.

Here is the tyre combination chosen by each driver ahead of Australian Grand Prix:


Mercedes, Haas and Sauber are the only teams in which the team drivers opted for a different choice of tyre ratios. Depending on how they utilize these change sets and the progress they make, we are looking at a potentially great post season data analysis.

5) New Qualification Rules:

New qualification rules can be considered as one of the most revolutionary changes that is being introduced during this season. The organizing committee FIA approved of these new changes in qualification on March 4th, just 15 days ahead of the first race.

There were concerns raised by multiple parties about the new rules but there is some sense of renewed anticipation as to how this effect the race altogether.  It can be regarded as the single most rule shift in scoring system after 107% rule.

Here is how the new qualification rules shape up:


So, that is it.

You now have enough knowledge to keep track of what would occur in the current Formula 1 new season.

Let’s expect this would a great racing season with grueling schedule and all those uncertainties lurking around.

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