Formula 1: Mercedes 2016 season performance

Mercedes

Drivers:      1.Nico Rosberg (German)
                   2.Lewis Hamilton (British)
Points: 765 (Champions)
Best result: 1st (19 wins out of 21 races)
Best qualifying: 1st, (20 pole positions in 21 races)

Champs in 2014…ok. Retained their title in 2015…well and good. 2016- the team coming in second (Red Bull(468)) is 297 pts behind Mercedes(765)…wow.
It’s an incredible achievement no matter how it’s accomplished, but when a team dominates in the way Mercedes did this year it is truly exceptional.

At times Ferrari and Red Bull looked nearer to Mercedes than in earlier years. However, had it not been for the infamous crash in Spain and a sole race-finishing reliability issue in Malaysia, Mercedes would have won all 21 races.

Red Bull had the edge regarding real pace in Monaco. However, Lewis Hamilton was still there to snatch the win when the open door introduced itself. Other than Monte Carlo — an entire oddity on the calendar regarding circuit design — the W07 Hybrid was the fastest car on every track.

Red Bull had the edge regarding real pace in Monaco. However, Lewis Hamilton was still there to snatch the win when the open door introduced itself. Other than Monte Carlo — an entire oddity on the calendar regarding circuit design — the W07 Hybrid was the fastest car on every track.

Battle within the Titan

The competition amongst Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg added some truly needed identity to an Otherwise one-sided season. A year ago we arrived at circuits knowing Hamilton would have the edge. However, this season had a sense either driver could win on any given Sunday. The fight turned into an epic tale because of the reliability issues on Hamilton’s car. The British racer would have won the title if he had similar reliability record as Rosberg.

In any case, Hamilton’s issues weren’t off the records. Given, in any previous seasons, two problems are very common one in qualifying and a blown engine in a race.But when Mercedes figured out how to produce Rosberg’s car to finish 21 Grands Prix without a single race-stopper, the effect of Hamilton’s issues increased drastically.

The on-track collisions between the two racers in Spain and Austria tested the team to the limit.

There may be many untold stories in the 2016 season. However, it was a hell of a season to watch. In that sense, F1 must thank Mercedes for letting its drivers race and compete while dominating the sport.

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