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The 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (officially the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)[1] was the twenty-first and final race of the 2016 Formula One season, and the eighth time the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held. It was held between 25 November and 27 November 2016.

The race was to determine whether Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg would become World Champion of 2016. Hamilton took his third pole position at the Yas Marina Circuit, with Rosberg second on the grid. Hamilton and Rosberg both made good starts, but although Hamilton backed Rosberg into the field in the closing stages, Hamilton won the race while Rosberg finished second to become the 2016 World Champion, winning his first ever F1 title. Sebastian Vettel completed the podium. Five days later, Rosberg confirmed his retirement from Formula One.[2]


BackgroundEdit

At the last race in Brazil, Lewis Hamilton took his first Brazilian Grand Prix win, while Nico Rosberg took another second-place finish, moving Hamilton another seven points closer to Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship, putting the gap to twelve points. Rosberg was on 367 points, while Hamilton was on 355. Daniel Ricciardo had already secured third place in the standings, but an eighth-place finish gave him four more points to be forty-nine points ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth in Brazil. Kimi Räikkönen's accident in the aforementioned race promoted Max Verstappen, who finished third, to fourth in the standings, five points behind Vettel.[3] Mercedes were still the Constructors' Champion of 2016, having 722 points. Meanwhile, Red Bull secured second place with 446 points compared to Ferrari's 375. Force India opened their gap to Williams to twenty-seven points, after Williams failed to finish in the top ten in Brazil.[3]

Driver tyre choices
Team Driver Pirelli ultrasoft symbol Pirelli supersoft symbol Pirelli soft symbol Driver Pirelli ultrasoft symbol Pirelli supersoft symbol Pirelli soft symbol
Mercedes Hamilton 7 2 4 Rosberg 7 2 4
Ferrari Vettel 7 1 5 Räikkönen 7 2 4
Williams Bottas 7 2 4 Massa 7 1 5
Red Bull Ricciardo 6 2 5 Verstappen 6 2 5
Renault Magnussen 6 2 5 Palmer 6 3 4
Force India Hülkenberg 8 2 3 Pérez 7 3 3
Toro Rosso Kvyat 7 2 4 Sainz 7 2 4
McLaren Alonso 7 1 5 Button 7 1 5
Sauber Ericsson 6 4 3 Nasr 6 4 3
Manor Wehrlein 6 3 4 Ocon 6 3 4
Haas Grosjean 7 2 4 Gutiérrez 7 3 3

Like the previous year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the drivers used soft and supersoft tyres, and this time also used ultrasofts. Hamilton and Rosberg took the same number of sets, being seven ultrasofts, two supersofts, and four softs. Vettel, Felipe Massa and McLaren all chose just one set of supersofts, along with five soft sets and seven ultrasoft sets.[4]

It was apparently the final race for Jenson Button before Stoffel Vandoorne races for McLaren in 2017. Although Button has a contract available for 2018, he doubted that he would go back to Formula One, saying that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might be his final race.[5]

Title permutationsEdit

The title battle was held, with Nico Rosberg twelve points ahead of Lewis Hamilton:[6]

  • For Rosberg to win his first title:
    • If he finishes on the podium, he will win the title
    • If Rosberg finishes fourth, fifth or sixth, Hamilton must finish second or worse
    • If Rosberg finishes seventh or eighth, Hamilton must finish third or worse
    • If Hamilton finishes fourth or lower, Rosberg will win the title
  • For Hamilton to win his fourth title:
    • If he wins, Rosberg must finish fourth or worse
    • If Hamilton finishes second, Rosberg must finish seventh or worse
    • If Hamilton finishes third, Rosberg must ninth or worse

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W07 Hybrid Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W07 Hybrid Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 P
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB12 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB12 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 P
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/4 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 059/4 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 P
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 059/5 P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H P
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H P
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 P
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 P
Free Practice 1 only
34 Mexico Alfonso Celis, Jr. India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
42 United Kingdom Jordan King United Kingdom Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:43.362 4 1:41.390 5 1:41.831 6
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:44.005 5 1:41.130 3 1:40.775 1
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 1:43.243 2 1:40.940 2 1:41.168 5
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:44.556 7 1:41.464 6 1:40.999 3
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:45.600 12 1:43.108 14 1:42.805 15
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.168 10 1:44.045 19 1:44.238 22
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:44.155 6 1:42.041 8 1:41.885 7
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.778 13 1:43.903 18 1:43.417 19
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:46.379 18 1:42.366 11 1:42.585 11
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:45.039 9 1:42.268 10 1:42.683 14
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 1:46.372 17 1:44.117 20 1:43.057 16
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 1:45.925 14 1:43.012 13 1:42.354 10
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:47.127 20 1:42.823 12 1:42.664 13
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2:01.989 22 1:45.948 22 1:44.105 21
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes DNP 1:42.264 9 1:42.067 8
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 1:46.219 16 1:43.272 15 1:42.616 12
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes DNP 1:43.600 16 1:43.733 20
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:43.297 3 1:41.389 4 1:40.912 2
34 Mexico Alfonso Celis, Jr. India Force India-Mercedes 1:45.476 11 DNP DNP
42 United Kingdom Jordan King United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 1:47.558 21 DNP DNP
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:42.869 1 1:40.861 1 1:41.065 4
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:44.685 8 1:44.478 21 1:43.301 18
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:45.940 15 1:41.959 7 1:42.076 9
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 1:46.458 19 1:43.754 17 1:43.145 17
Source: [7][8][9]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 11:39.487 11:39.382 11:38.755 1
2 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 51:40.511 21:39.490 21:39.058 2
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 81:41.002 61:40.429 31:39.589 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 21:40.338 31:39.629 41:39.604 4
5 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 31:40.341 51:40.034 51:39.661 5
6 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 41:40.424 41:39.903 61:39.818 6
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 71:41.000 71:40.709 71:40.501 7
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 61:40.864 81:40.743 81:40.519 8
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 131:41.616 101:41.044 91:41.106 9
10 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 91:41.157 91:40.858 101:41.213 10
11 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 111:41.192 111:41.084 11
12 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 101:41.158 121:41.272 12
13 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 141:41.639 131:41.480 13
14 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 121:41.467 141:41.564 14
15 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 151:41.775 151:41.820 15
16 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 161:41.886 161:41.995 16
17 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 171:42.003

no time

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18 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 181:42.142 18
19 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 191:42.247 19
20 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 201:42.286 20
21 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 211:42.393 21
NC 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari PL1:42.637 PL
107% time: 1:46.451
Source: [10]

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 55 1h 38m 04.013s 1 25
2 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 55 +0.439 2 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 55 +0.843 5 15
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 55 +1.685 6 12
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 55 +5.315 3 10
6 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 55 +18.816 4 8
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 55 +50.114 7 6
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 55 +58.776 8 4
9 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 55 +49.436 10 2
10 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 55 +59.896 9 1
11 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 55 +76.777 14
12 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 55 +95.113 13
13 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 54 +1 Lap 20
14 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 54 +1 Lap 16
15 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap PL
16 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 19
17 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 54 +1 Lap* 15
18 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 41 Suspension 21
Ret 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 Electrical / Wheel 17
Ret 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 12 Accident Damage 12
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 6 Throttle 11
Ret 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 5 Hydraulics 18
Source: [11]
  • * Palmer was given a five-second time penalty for his collision with Sainz.[11]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Germany Nico Rosberg 385
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 380
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 256
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 212
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen 204
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 186
7 Mexico Sergio Pérez 101
8 Finland Valtteri Bottas 85
9 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 72
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 54
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 53
12 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 46
13 France Romain Grosjean 29
14 Russia Daniil Kvyat 25
15 United Kingdom Jenson Button 21
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 7
17 Brazil Felipe Nasr 2
18 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 1
19 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 1
20 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 1
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 0
22 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 0
23 France Esteban Ocon 0
24 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 0
Source:[12]
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 765
2 Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 468
3 Italy Ferrari 398
4 India Force India-Mercedes 173
5 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 138
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 76
7 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 63
8 United States Haas-Ferrari 29
9 France Renault 8
10 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 2
11 United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 1
Source:[12]

NotesEdit

  1. "2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/races/2016/Abu_Dhabi.html. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  2. "Nico Rosberg retires: World champion quits Formula 1 five days after title win" (in en-GB). British Broadcasting Corporation. 2 December 2016. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/38185846. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Collantine, Keith (13 November 2016). "2016 Brazilian Grand Prix championship points". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/11/13/2016-brazilian-grand-prix-championship-points/. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. "Rosberg, Hamilton take identical tyre selections to title showdown". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 15 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2016/11/rosberg--hamilton-take-identical-tyre-selections-to-title-showdo.html. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. "Button heading into Abu Dhabi 'thinking it will be my last race'". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 24 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2016/11/f1-button-abu-dhabi-last-race.html. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. "The 2016 title permutations for Abu Dhabi". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 21 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/latest/features/2016/11/f1-2016-title-permutations-abu-dhabi-gp.html. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  7. "2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 25 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2016/races/957/abu-dhabi/practice-1.html. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  8. "2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 25 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2016/races/957/abu-dhabi/practice-2.html. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  9. "2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 26 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2016/races/957/abu-dhabi/practice-3.html. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  10. "2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 26 November 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2016/races/957/united-arab-emirates/qualifying.html. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016 Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 27 November 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Collantine, Keith (27 November 2016). "2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix championship points". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/11/27/2016-abu-dhabi-grand-prix-championship-points/. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
V T E 2016 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • Manor • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Vandoorne  • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 88 Haryanto • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Jordá • Kari • King • Leclerc • Lynn • Matsushita • Mazepin • Paffett • Rossi • Stoneman • Stroll • Turvey • Vergne
Cars Ferrari SF16-H • Force India VJM09 • Haas VF-16 • Manor MRT05 • McLaren MP4-31 • Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid • Red Bull RB12 • Renault RS16 • Sauber C35 • Toro Rosso STR11 • Williams FW38
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Bahrain • China • Russia • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Baku • Austria • Britain • Hungary • Germany • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Malaysia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Paul Ricard • Barcelona: 1 • 2 • 3
See also 2015 Formula One Season • 2017 Formula One Season • Category
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Circuits Yas Marina Circuit (2009–present)
Circuit Yas-Island
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