The formula one season starts in Australia on the 20th March. Lewis Hamilton is defending his title for Mercedes looking to win a third in a row and a fourth overall to join Sebastian Vettel and Alan Prost on this mark. However, a resurgence from team mate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari’s of Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen mean that Hamilton will have to be on top form from the start of this campaign.
With 21 races on the calendar, the drivers have a busy schedule all around the world. From the twists and turns of Monte Carlo in May to the speed of Suzuka in October, the Formula One season is guaranteed to be as exciting as previous years.
British fans have many things to look forward this season. Lewis Hamilton is the defending champion in his Mercedes, Jenson Button retains his seat at McLaren while Renault (formerly Lotus) have added the English youngster Jolyon Palmer to their ranks. The former GP2 champion is a big talent and his skills will be put to the test as the new team will have to evolve and develop their car as the season wears on.
Button will be hoping for an improved season in his McLaren, which suffered terrible growing pains due to Honda’s first season with the hybrid turbo engine. Rumours have been circulating in the paddock that McLaren have found another 100BHP in their engine for this season, which could see Button and his team mate Fernando Alonso move up the grid to challenge for podiums.
Hamilton will be looking to become the fifth man to win four world titles and it looks like he is the man to beat. With a great team around him and a brilliant car he will be look to assert his dominance on the field with a great start to the season during the tests in Barcelona and a win at the Australian Grand Prix, which would prove he is the man to beat once again.
The Formula One calendar arrives in the UK for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the 10th July where the British fans will surely be hoping for a Hamilton, Button, Palmer 1, 2, 3 on the podium.
Here are the driver’s line ups for the 2016 season.
- Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (44) and Nico Rosberg (6)
- Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel (5) and Kimi Raikkonen (7)
- Williams: Valterri Bottas (77) and Felipe Massa (19)
- Red Bull: Daniil Kyvat (26) and Daniel Ricciardo (3)
- Force India: Sergio Perez (11) and Nico Hulkenberg (27)
- Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen (33) and Carlos Sainz (55)
- Sauber: Felipe Nasr (12) and Marcus Ericsson (9)
- McLaren: Jenson Button (22) and Fernando Alonso (14)
- Haas: Romain Grosjean (8) and Esteban Gutierrez (21)
- Renault: Jolyon Palmer (30) and Kevin Magnussen (20)
- Manor Marussia: Pascal Wehrlein (TBC) & TBC
HAAS F1 are the newest team on the grid as they prepare for their first season with some of the elite racing teams in the world. The team has already made a major coup for the season by signing driver Romain Grosjean from Renault (formerly Lotus) for 2016. Manor Marussia are still looking to complete their line up for the season but have confirmed 21 year old Pascal Wehrlein as their team’s first driver. British fans will be hoping that Will Stephens can retain his drive from 2015 to ensure 4 British drivers take to the grid for the Australian Grand Prix.
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