The two drivers followed opposing strategies to be first and second after the pit stops, with Hamilton on the preferred racing tyre gradually catching Rosberg. , With the championship leaving Asia for the Americas, Hamilton gradually started to erode Rosberg's championship lead. Free and simple registration required to view this content, Â© 2003-2021 Formula One World Championship Limited.  The second four days of testing also saw the teams examine a proposed feature for driver head protection, dubbed the "halo". While the initial plans would have given manufacturers fifteen tokens for the season, the number was raised to thirty-two, the same number as 2014, in order to allow struggling manufacturers such as Renault and Honda to improve their development.  Palmer had previously made regular free practice appearances with the team when it was known as Lotus in 2015. , Sauber underwent a change in ownership in the week prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the team being purchased by Longbow Finance.  The FIA also opted to increase the number of tokens available for power unit development starting in 2016.  However, Hamilton remained pessimistic about his position as championship leader, as with nine races left in the season, he was anticipating grid penalties for exceeding his engine allocation. Red Bull Racing used Renault R.E.16 power units. , Rosberg reduced Hamilton's championship lead to two points at the next round in Italy, taking advantage of a slow start by Hamilton to establish an early lead that went unchallenged through the race. Founded in 1970 by Peter Sauber, the team entered F1 in 1993, and experienced a moderate amount of success (but no wins) before being sold to BMW after the 2005 season and being renamed BMW Sauber for 2006, winning a race in 2008.After 2009, BMW decided to end its involvement in the sport, and sold the team back to Peter Sauber.  The Grand Prix of America was set to be held for the first time at the Port Imperial Street Circuit in New Jersey, in accordance with a fifteen-year contract. , Before the race in Spain, Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen swapped places with Kvyat going to Toro Rosso and Verstappen to Red Bull. , After suffering broken ribs and a pneumothorax injury as a result of an accident during the Australian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix as a precaution after medical exams. , Mercedes's streak of ten consecutive wins came to an end in Malaysia. The former was paired up with the Japanese Grand Prix in October, reverting to the time of year it was held in 1999–2000, while the latter was brought forward from its October date to May, becoming the fourth round of the season.  The race saw Rosberg take his second consecutive victory of 2016 followed by Räikkönen and Hamilton, respectively. After several failed attempts at reviving the race in 2014 and 2015, the event's return was deferred until the 2016 season; however, it was once again left off the final calendar for the season.  Gutiérrez ended up in the gravel trap with terminal rear tyre damage, and quickly went over to Alonso who managed to exit his cockpit unaided. , Five days after winning the title, Rosberg announced his immediate retirement from the sport at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Vienna.  Teammate Kimi Räikkönen retired with a suspected turbo failure on lap 21. He signed with the newly formed Haas F1 Team for 2016, where he was joined by former Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez.Gutiérrez returned to competition after spending a season as Ferrari's test and reserve driver. The F1 W07 Hybrid - the car with which Mercedes will defend their drivers' and constructors' championship double in 2016 - features a number of 'mini revolutions' over its all-conquering predecessor, according to the Silver Arrows.  After qualifying, the system once again came under heavy fire with Hamilton securing pole position ahead of Rosberg and Vettel.  However, in the week before the race weekend, the sport's Strategy Working Group over-ruled the teams in order to keep the elimination style for 2016. Antonio Giovinazzi drove the car in Wehrlein's place after a pre-season injury saw Wehrlein withdraw from the … Romain Grosjean left Lotus at the end of the 2015 season. Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen traded places ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, with Verstappen promoted to Red Bull Racing and Kvyat returning to Scuderia Toro Rosso. On the chassis side, Sauber managed to benefit from the advances in the 2016 power unit by Ferrari, having an imapct on the design of the monocoque of the car. , The process new drivers go through in order to qualify for a superlicence was changed as well, with additional restrictions—including the requirement that drivers complete eighty percent of two seasons from a series outside a recognised points-paying championship—put in place as part of the wider FIA Global Pathway. With Hamilton finishing third, Rosberg turned a two-point deficit into an eight-point lead.  Rosberg won the returning European Grand Prix with his second grand slam of the season and of his career, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Pérez, while Hamilton finished fifth after struggling with a software issue that limited his engine's ability to harvest energy.  Ricciardo raced Max Verstappen for the lead when Hamilton's retirement triggered a Virtual Safety Car, prompting Red Bull to pit both drivers at the same time.  The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Renault of Jolyon Palmer retired before the race started with engine and hydraulics failures, respectively.  Nico Rosberg was turned around by Sebastian Vettel in a first corner accident that eliminated Vettel and forced Rosberg to work his way up through the field.  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From the Monaco race weekend onwards, the FIA allowed drivers to choose alternative helmet designs for one race weekend per season, a practice previously prohibited as drivers were required to wear the same design to make them more recognisable to spectators and television audiences. The colour combo (blue/yellow/white) isn’t bad at all. , The stewards were given greater powers in enforcing track limits, with drivers required to stay between the white lines marking the edges of the circuit, except in cases of driver error. , After having taken over the Lotus team, Renault introduced a new driver-line up. Drivers were now allowed to make use of the device as soon as a Virtual Safety Car period has ended; while they previously had to wait two laps before the system was reactivated. , Starting in 2016, the number of pre-season tests were reduced from three to two. In the event that two or more drivers or constructors achieved the same best result an equal number of times, their next-best result would be used, and so on. The three-period format first introduced in 2006 was retained, but with a progressive "knock-out" style of elimination.  A second test, also in Barcelona, was conducted on 1–4 March. Monisha Kaltenborn, who is to continue as team principal and CEO, commented: âWe are very pleased that by reaching an agreement with Longbow Finance S.A., we can secure the future of Sauber at the pinnacle of motorsport.  Hamilton established an early lead, but retired sixteen laps from the end of the race when his engine failed, leaving Daniel Ricciardo in control of the race. They lie 11th in the constructorsâ standings, having so far failed to score a point in 2016. Catacombs & Futebol - 2016 Monaco Grand Prix - Sauber F1 Team É do Brasil!  Following the widespread criticism of the new qualifying format, the teams voted to abandon it and revert to the system used in 2015.  Vettel went on to finish third—his first podium finish in five races—with Räikkönen fourth as the team introduced upgrades to the type 061 power unit in the hopes of recovering second place in the World Constructors' Championship from Red Bull.  Mercedes instructed him to reset the gearbox and to avoid using seventh gear or else risk a catastrophic failure, which prompted an investigation by the stewards for providing him with assistance.