THE FULL GUIDE TO THE 2016 LINE UP FERRARI
We run down the runners and riders for the forthcoming season. By MERCEDES
Mercedes chiefs say that they are aiming for perfection this season. That should strike fear in to the hearts of everyone else on the grid – and will probably strike disappointment into the hearts of those hoping to see an inter-team battle.
So perhaps the biggest talking point for 2016 will be the intra-team fight between champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Given the evidence of the latter part of the 2015 campaign, even the chances of that seem increasingly unlikely. Hamilton in a ‘perfect’ car has it all before him.
The team says, despite the fact the rules have remained largely unchanged, there have been a number of minievolutions under the skin of the W07 to extract more time from the machine. That shows you how good the baseline is.
Although the team didn’t produce the headline-grabbing lap times in the Barcelona tests, the simple reason for that is because it didn’t need to. Already confident of its ability to extract one-lap pace from the Silver Arrow, it chose instead to focus its attention on the longer runs and getting the most from the Pirelli tyres. Once again, it looked the most impressive. It’s hardly worth going down the bookies, is it?
Car: RB12 Engine: TAG Heuer First GP: Australia 2005 Races: 203 Wins: 50 Poles: 57 Fastest laps: 47 Points: Drivers’ titles: 4 Constructors’ titles: 4
NUMBER 3 DANIEL RICCIARDO (AUS)
Debut: Britain 2011 Races: 88 Wins: 3 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 4 Points: 360 Drivers’ titles:
NUMBER 26 DANIIL KVYAT (RUS)
Debut: Australia 2014 Races: 37 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 0 Points: 103 Best result: