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ewis Hamil­ton won more races across this year’s F1 World Cham­pi­onship than his team-mate Nico Ros­berg, but the Brit lost out in the long run due to some duff starts and some poor re­li­a­bil­ity from his Mercedes.

Those are the head­line facts of the 2016 cam­paign, but it will be a sea­son re­mem­bered for so many other things.

Aside from the frac­tious re­la­tion­ship be­tween Hamil­ton and Ros­berg, which spilled over into on-track clashes on more than one oc­ca­sion, the year will be ac­knowl­edged as the one when Max Ver­stap­pen broke through.

The teenager was a sen­sa­tion in the Red Bull af­ter his pro­mo­tion to the top team, tak­ing a break­through win in Spain. His team-mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo also tasted success, while Fer­rari un­der­per­formed again with nei­ther Kimi Raikko­nen or Se­bas­tian Vet­tel mount­ing the top step of the ros­trum.

Our re­porters Anthony Rowl­in­son, Stu­art Codling and James Roberts have trav­elled the globe to see the drama un­fold, and we have asked them to pick out the best and worst of the sea­son.

Anthony Rowl­in­son

The strange thing about F1’s ill-fated elim­i­na­tion qual­i­fy­ing is that it ever hap­pened at all. Judg­ing by the ver­i­ta­ble hur­ri­cane of ‘I-told-you-sos’ that blew through the pad­dock af­ter, every­one in the Strategy Group that voted for this knew it wouldn’t work.

As usual with the laugh­ably mis­named Strategy Group, it was all some­one else’s fault.the root of the id­iocy was the faulty as­sump­tion that the spec­ta­cle of F1 is bro­ken. From this point of view you can see why some peo­ple might think qual­i­fy­ing needed a gim­micky re­vamp.

In track cy­cling there’s a suc­cess­ful ‘elim­i­na­tion race’ that works be­cause all the rid­ers are on track at once and the last per­son over the line on a given lap is out. But in F1, where cars need to stay sep­a­rate to reach their peak pace, and they’re run­ning on tyres that give up if pushed too hard, it was doomed to fail. Re­sult: driv­ers shot their bolt and then re­tired to the garage, leav­ing the clock count­ing down over an empty track. Stu­art Codling

Re­mem­ber last year Maxver­stap­pen made that amaz­ing move on Felipe Nasr around the out­side of the daunt­ing 170mph Blanchi­mont cor­ner at Spa? Well this year,ver­stap­pen’s gone and done it again, with an­other bril­liant pass around the out­side of a ri­val.

A down­pour had soaked the Sil­ver­stone track in the min­utes prior to the start of the Bri­tish GP and so the open­ing laps were held on a slip­pery sur­face.ver­stap­pen, run­ning in third, was clos­ing in on Nico Ros­berg and was able to find more ad­he­sion than the Mercedes driver ahead of him.

En­ter­ing the fear­some Mag­gots/beck­etts se­quence on the 16th lap of the race,ver­stap­pen closed right in on Ros­berg. And when he saw the Mercedes step out of line on the wet, he pounced.teleme­try showsver­stap­pen was trav­el­ling 14mph quicker than Ros­berg as he drew along­side – 107mph to 93mph – and came out ahead onto the Hangar Straight. A move that Martin Brun­dle in­stantly called “out­ra­geous.” in his TV com­men­tary.

James Roberts


Mon­treal, Canada Hun­garor­ing, Hun­gary Sil­ver­stone, Bri­tain Shang­hai, China Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas, USA Abu Dhabi, UAE Monza, Italy Suzuka , Ja­pan Sochi, Rus­sia Bahrain Albert Park, Aus­tralia Monaco Hock­en­heim, Ger­many Sin­ga­pore Spa, Bel­gium In­di­anapo­lis, USA Fuji, Ja­pan Istanbul Park, Tur­key Nur­bur­gring, Ger­many Sepang, Malaysia Barcelona, Spain Red Bull Ring, Aus­tria Mex­ico City, Mex­ico In­ter­la­gos, Brazil


Zand­voort, Hol­land Nur­bur­gring, Ger­many Monaco Monza, Italy Watkins Glen, USA Kyalami, South Africa Mon­tjuic Park, Spain Sil­ver­stone, Bri­tain Paul Ri­card, France Mosport, Canada Cha­rade, France Jarama, Spain Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina Bel­gium, Zolder


Barcelona, Spain In­ter­la­gos, Brazil Oster­re­ichring, Aus­tria Suzuka, Ja­pan Hun­garor­ing, Hun­gary Jerez, Spain Albert Park, Aus­tralia Monaco Hock­en­heim, Ger­many Nur­burg­ing, Ger­many Mon­treal, Canada Spa, Bel­gium Sil­ver­stone, Bri­tain In­di­anapo­lis, USA

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