The 2016 F1 cars are finally here, a total of of 22 cars will participate in this year’s Formula 1 Championship. Haas F1 is the newest team, and the first American team to participate in F1 in 30 years. 10 teams have already revealed their 2016 challengers with Sauber set to reveal its car later during testing, the Swiss team is currently in Barcelona for pre-season testing using a 2015 car.
2016 F1 Cars and Teams
- Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 Hybrid – Mercedes-AMG Petronas
- Ferrari SF16-H – Scuderia Ferrari
- Williams Mercedes FW38 – Williams Martini Racing
- Toro Ross SRT11 – Scuderia Toro Rosso
- Red Bull RB12 – Red Bull Racing
- Renault RS16 – Renault Sport F1 Team
- Manor MRT05 – Manor Racing Team
- McLaren MP4-31 – McLaren Honda F1 Team
- Haas VF-16 – Haas F1 Team
- Force India VJM09 – Sahara Force India F1 Team
- Sauber-Ferrari C35 – Sauber F1 Team
2016 Formula 1 Season in Brief
For 2016, Marussia will be known as Manor Racing Team, Lotus became Renault Sport F1 after it was purchased by the French team. Toro Rosso will use a Ferrari power unit after the contract with Renault ended, sister team Red Bull Racing will continue to use Renault engines albeit badged as TAG-Heuer.
Romain Grosjean left Lotus for Haas F1, ex teammate Pastor Maldonado will miss the 2016 season after his sponsor pulled out. Former Marussia drivers Will Stevens, Roberto Merhi, and Alexander Rossi were replaced by new faces comprising of 2015 DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein and Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto.
As for the calendar changes, the European Grand Prix is back for 2016 and will be held at the Baku City Circuit.
Below are the 2016 F1 Cars
1. Renault RS16 F1 Car
Renault returns to F1 as a whole works team with a new car, the Renault Sport RS16 whose chassis will be developed by Enstone.
Drivers: Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.
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2. 2016 Williams Mercedes FW38 F1 Car
The new Williams FW38 has been adorned with blue, red and white stripes of the Martini Racing team. The car is still powered by Mercedes-AMG.
Drivers: Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas
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3. 2016 Ferrari SF16-H F1 Car
The new SF16-H features Ferrari’s traditional red and white livery which has not been used in over two decades. It received changes on the side pods, power unit, rear end as well as the suspension.
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
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4. 2016 Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
The new Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 Hybrid has received minor updates over its successful predecessor, the engineers focused on performance and reliability.
Drivers: Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
5. 2016 McLaren MP4-31 Formula 1 Car
The new McLaren MP4-31 has a new power unit from Honda after the two parties renewed their partnership for the 2016 F1 season.
Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button
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6. 2016 Haas VF-16 Formula 1 Car
Haas F1 Team revealed their 2016 Formula 1 car yesterday, the VF-16. They will become the first American team to compete in Formula 1 in 30 years, the last American F1 team was Haas Lola (unrelated to Haas F1) which competed in the 1985 and 1986 seasons.
Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez.
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7. 2016 Red Bull RB12 Formula 1 Car
The new RB12 retained a Renault power unit albeit now badged as TAG-Heuer, the team has improved on a few elements based upon lessons learned from the 2015 season.
Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat
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8. 2016 Force India VJM09 F1 Car
The new Force India VJM09 benefits from improvements of the b-spec chassis used on the 2015 car. As the rules remain stable throughout the 2016 season, there was only little to be done in terms of technical changes.
Drivers: Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg
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9. 2016 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 F1 Car
The new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Formula 1 challenger made its track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 22. Official livery and details of the car will be revealed on February 29. The new STR11 will use a 2015 Ferrari power unit instead of the updated unit found on the new Ferrari SF16-H F1 car.
Drivers: Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen
10. 2016 Manor Racing MRT05 F1 Car
The new MRT05 is the most advanced car ever from Manor Racing, it is an entirely new car with 3,393 new parts. Additionally, they have switched from a Ferrari power unit to a new Mercedes power unit joining Williams F1 and Force India, while replacing Lotus (now Renault F1).
Drivers: Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryant
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11. 2016 Sauber C35-Ferrari
For their 24th season in Formula 1, Sauber will campaign with the new C35 Ferrari-powered challenger. As the Fourth oldest team in F1 behind Ferrari, Williams and McLaren, the Swiss team aims at improving over their 2015 season using the same lineup from the previous season. The new car will make its official track debut at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona on March 1 during the second pre-season test.
Drivers: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson