2016 was the 67th Formula One World Championship which comprised of twenty-one Grands Prix—making it the longest season in F1 history—starting in Australia on 20th March and finishing in Abu Dhabi on 27th November.
The starting grid for the 2016 season was made up of 11 teams, twenty-two cars with the addition of the Haas F1 Team. Renault also made a comeback to F1 after four years. The calendar featured the return of the German Grand Prix and the European Grand Prix which was held in the city of Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.
World Driver’s Title
The 2016 F1 World Drivers’ Championship title was won by Nico Rosberg. With nine wins and seven other podiums, Nico beat teammate and defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton by five points. By winning the title, Nico followed his father’s success in 1982, when Keke Rosberg was crowned F1 champ. This would prove to be Rosberg’s last season, as he announced his retirement from the sport shortly after winning the title.
The fight for the title was a tense battle for supremacy between the two Mercedes drivers. Winning 18 of the 20 Grand Prix between them, going into the final race of the season, Rosberg led Hamilton by twelve points. The head-to-head race wins up to that point read R-R-R-R-H-H-R-H-H-H-H-R-R-R-R-H-H-H (R-Rosberg, H-Hamilton).
In the final round at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton secured pole ahead and led from the start. Late in the race he tried an unconventional strategy of slowing down in the hope that Rosberg, running second, would be caught and overtaken by one or more drivers behind him. However, though Hamilton went on to win the race, Rosberg was able to hang on to second place and secure his maiden Drivers’ Championship title in a thrilling season of high drama racing.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid
World Constructor’s Title
In the World Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes won the title for the second consecutive year, winning 19 of the 21 rounds and beating Red Bull Racing by 279 points, with Ferrari finishing a further 72 behind.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid race car is powered by the Mercedes PU106C Hybrid engine. The chassis, named “F1 W07 Hybrid” represents the seventh F1 car that Mercedes has constructed since 2010, while “Hybrid” marked the recognition of the utilization of fully integrated hybrid power units. With 19 wins, 20 pole positions, 33 podium finishes and a total of 765 constructors championship points in a single season, the F1 W07 Hybrid is statistically the most dominant F1 car in the history of the sport.
The Mercedes-Benz PU106C Hybrid engine, 1.6 Litre, turbocharged 90° – V6, limited to 15,000 RPM, in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout, produces 950-1000 hp. During the Canadian Grand Prix, a new rear wing addition was able to create top-end speeds in excess of 350kmph, by reducing drag and generating higher downforce, making the most powerful car on the grid.
Bburago 1:18 2016 World Championship Winners!
The Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid cars from Bburago are 1:18 scale diecast replicas of Rico Rosberg’s (#6) and Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One racers. They include all the authentic details you would expect to find in the actual car including authentic race and sponsorship decals, as well as the distinctive aerodynamic chassis design. Every edge and curve is present, complete with authentic looking graphics that have been applied via tampo print decals. Approx. 28cm long and truly stunning, these are exquisite models for any F1 or Mercedes fan.
To complete the miniature grid formation, what better than a 1:18 scale diecast model of Sebastian Vettel’s 2016 Ferrari SF-16H, also from Bburago, featuring the same high attention to detail and finish. A must for any Ferrarista!