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Formula One 2016: The Season in Stats

Published: 27 Nov 2016

What a season it has been. Despite the Constructors Championship being dominated by Mercedes again, the Drivers Championship delivered a thrilling conclusion as Nico Rosberg won his first Championship. Sports Gazette looks at the numbers behind the drama.

21 Once again the Australian Grand Prix kicked the season off, the longest in Formula One history with 21 races across the world.

5 The car number of Sebastian Vettel who ‘Did Not Start’ the Bahrain Grand Prix, a first in his illustrious Formula One career.

37 Rosberg made it three out of three in China, reaching the finish line 37.776 seconds faster than second-placed Vettel.

80 Whilst Rosberg and Hamilton battled for the top, Kimi Raikkonen took third place, making the podium for the 80th time in his Formula One career.

18 In Barcelona, a crash between Rosberg and Hamilton put all eyes on 18-year-old Max Verstappen, the youngest man to ever win a Grand Prix.

45 Having started behind a safety car, Hamilton had to defend his narrow lead for 45 laps out of 78 on the famous Monaco course against Daniel Ricciardo.

2 There was no place on the podium for Rosberg in Canada as Hamilton won again. The last time Rosberg went two races without a podium was the Italian (17th) and Singapore (4th) Grand Prixes in 2015.

1 The European Grand Prix took place for the first time in Baku, Azerbaijan, in June. Rosberg won to put 23 points between himself and Hamilton.

10 The two Mercedes drivers collided on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix but Hamilton came off better to win. Rosberg was given a 10-second penalty, setting the mood for the rest of the season.

19 Hamilton won yet again in front of his home crowd at Silverstone, meaning British drivers have now won at on home tarmac 19 times.

30 The Formula One season went to Hungary for the 30th year in a row in July. Hamilton won his third Grand Prix in a row with Rosberg second and Ricciardo third.

20 Ricciardo and Verstappen finished second and third in Germany. The last time Red Bull won two podium places was the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix, 20 races ago.

4 After the summer break, Rosberg regained momentum as Hamilton lost it. However, German Nico Hulkenburg finished in 4th place at the Belgian Grand Prix, his highest finish of the season.

6 Despite qualifying in pole position for the Italian Grand Prix, Hamilton’s poor start put him in 6th place after the first turn. He managed to finish in second-place to Rosberg.

200 Rosberg continued his winning streak in Singapore, finishing his 200th Formula One career race in the process.

10 British driver Jolyon Palmer finished 10th in Malaysia, winning the first Drivers Championship point in his two-year Formula One career.

90 Whilst Rosberg pulled even further away, a happy couple got married at the Suzuka Course in Japan, driving around the course for 90 seconds.

50 The American Grand Prix in Austin started Hamilton’s comeback and was also his 50th Formula One career victory.

193 The podium in Mexico was the same as that in the USA: Hamilton, Rosberg, Ricciardo. This last happened 193 races ago, during the 2006 British and  Canadian Grand Prixes with Alonso, Schumacher, Raikonnen filling the podium both times.

12 With Hamilton taking a third consecutive win in Brazil, the gap at the top was reduced to 12 points between the two Mercedes drivers.

306 In the moonlight of Abu Dhabi, Jenson Button brought the curtain down on his Formula One career spanning 306 races.

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