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The 2016 European Grand Prix (officially the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe)[1] was the 8th round of the 2016 Formula One season. It was held between 17 June and 19 June 2016. It was the first European Grand Prix since the last race in 2012 at the Valencia Street Circuit, but was instead held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[2]


BackgroundEdit

After the results of the Canadian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg went into the European Grand Prix with 116 points in the Drivers' Championship, while his teammate Lewis Hamilton was nine points behind. With his second-place finish in Canada, Sebastian Vettel moved up to third, having 78 points in total. Daniel Ricciardo fell down to fourth, six points behind Vettel, while Kimi Räikkönen was dropped down to fifth with 69 points in total.[3] Mercedes led the Constructors' Championship with 223 points. Ferrari were second with 147 points, while Red Bull were 17 points behind Ferrari. Williams were fourth with 81 points, followed by Force India with 42 points.[4]

After the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia, the European Grand Prix was absent on the calendar three times consecutively, while the Korean Grand Prix was removed from the calendar in 2014 despite its seven-year contract starting from 2010. Following this, Bernie Ecclestone decided to find a different Grand Prix to take its place,[5][6] which it would result in the European Grand Prix returning to the calendar and be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[2]

Following its final inspection in May 2016, the FIA race director Charlie Whiting confirmed that the circuit was ready to be used.[7] However, the drivers criticised the circuit for some corners having run-off plus the pit entry being tight and located on a fast part of the track.[8] During free practice, there were problems where parts of the kerbs became loose. In response, the kerbs at Turns 6 and 12 were replaced with markings, plus the apex kerbs at the pit exit's curve. Additionally, following the drivers' concerns about the pit entry having a tight corner and the white line not being visible at a fast speed, the pit entry was extended and moved to the left part of the track along with a "pit entry" marking displayed on the track. To improve safety, a rule was given out to not cross the white line in any direction, meaning that drivers must keep away from the white line if they are not going into the pits.[9][10]

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

In the two previous races in Monaco and Canada, the drivers used the ultrasoft tyres, as those are allowed to be used on a street circuit.[11] Although the Baku City Circuit is a street circuit, Pirelli decided not to have ultrasoft tyres used in the race,[12] because they could not get any more information since the circuit was being used for the first time, meaning they were not sure if the ultrasoft tyres were safe on the circuit.[13] They allowed the medium, soft and supersoft tyres to be used in the race, where all the drivers decided to use around seven sets of supersoft tyres each, and only one or two sets of mediums each.[14] Pirelli were also worried about if the long straights and drivers changing direction could cause "standing waves" when going on a set of tyres for a longer distance, where the energy coming through the wheels can change the tyres' build, which could result in the tyres not being stiff and more likely to fail.[15] There were even concerns about that the temporarily surface that was put above the cobblestones in the Old City section could put impact onto the tyres, as well as if the surface could be broken up by high temparatures.[15] After the first practice session, it was discovered that the loose bolts on the kerbs were also affecting the tyres, which resulted in race officials solving the issue.[16] On 17 June 2016, Pirelli confirmed they extended their deal to support tyres for the Formula One teams until the end of 2019.[17]

Two DRS zones are located on the circuit: one on the start/finish straight, and the other on the straight between Turns 2 and 3.[18]

Also occurring that weekend was the third race of the 2016 GP2 Series.[19]

After the European Grand Prix was announced back in 2014, controversy was sparked by the fact that the Azerbaijani government gave financial support to the race despite Azerbaijan's human rights record.[20] At the same time, the Russian Grand Prix was also given financial support, while Russia was thought to be involved in an incident in Ukraine.[21] The heads of Red Bull and Mercedes, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff, replied by advising not to have any political issues close to sport.[22] on 7 June 2016, Ecclestone was reached out by an organisation called Sport for Rights, as they wanted him to talk about the country's human rights, while saying that they were not demanding the race to be cancelled, but instead to send the issues out in public.[23]

The date of the race was also controversial, due to the fact that the 24 Hours of Le Mans was on the same date, which meant that Nico Hülkenberg, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, could not compete in the 2016 Le Mans race.[24] Following this, Azerbaijan made a decision to no longer use daylight saving time in their country, in an attempt to have the European Grand Prix and 2016 Le Mans start at different times.[25]

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
88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 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
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:49.778 13 1:46.293 10 1:45.620 4
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:48.627 5 1:46.219 8 1:45.630 5
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 1:46.812 2 1:44.913 2 1:44.610 2
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:49.635 12 1:46.694 13 1:46.024 10
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:49.611 11 1:46.681 12 1:46.361 13
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:50.473 15 1:47.772 19 1:47.328 19
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 1:48.922 6 1:45.336 3 1:45.735 6
12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:51.771 21 1:48.081 22 1:47.379 20
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:47.989 4 1:46.498 11 1:46.131 11
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:49.125 8 1:47.060 16 1:46.510 14
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 1:50.939 19 1:47.329 17 1:47.024 16
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 1:50.167 14 1:46.830 15 1:46.670 15
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:49.019 7 1:46.234 9 1:45.954 8
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:50.551 17 1:46.744 14 1:45.981 9
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 1:49.301 10 1:45.920 5 1:45.540 3
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 1:50.910 18 1:47.794 20 1:47.158 18
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Italy Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:50.485 16 1:46.068 7 1:45.901 7
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:46.435 1 1:44.223 1 1:44.352 1
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.267 9 1:46.027 6 1:46.190 12
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:47.096 3 1:45.764 4 No Time 22
88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 1:51.925 22 1:47.487 18 1:47.556 21
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 1:51.219 20 1:48.018 21 1:47.100 17
Source: [26][27][28]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Post-qualifyingEdit

After being knocked out in Q2, Alonso revealed that he and Button could not match the speed of the midfield due to the long start/finish straight: "The car works in the corners, but on the straight we are losing seven or eight tenths. On full throttle and with the steering wheel straight we are losing all that. It's frustrating but it's not something we didn't know when we arrived here. The lack of power is obvious and on circuits like this we try to make do, especially in the race with other cars. It will be hard but hopefully we can score some points. We have seen a lot of offs and a lot of accidents so it's all to play for. We have to stay on track and at any point you can find yourself in sixth or seventh with a bit of luck."[29]

Verstappen was left unhappy following the two overtakes Bottas had on him during qualifying, stating them to be "dangerous" and "unnecessary", plus ruining both their laps.[30] Bottas, meanwhile, said: "I thought, and the team thought, that Verstappen was on a double out lap, as they had been doing all weekend. I got the confirmation of that myself when exiting Turn 16. I saw his ERS lights flashing, so he was not in the [engine] mode yet. I was trying to get a good gap so I could get a nice slipstream to the lap and open the lap, but then he pulled away in Turn 19. So I found out at Turn 19/20 that maybe he was going for the lap and at that place you cannot back off any more as you lose all the straight line speed. So I thought the only option for me was to try to overtake. But it ruined his lap but also my lap. I got some dirt on my tyres and I don't even call that a lap – there was a lap time on the board that put me for P8. Then the second run I had the red flag with Lewis [Hamilton]. I went out again after the red flag, but I don't think the lap would have been mega. I felt with the tyres we lost quite a bit of temperature with the red flag, and there was just a bit of traffic. Everyone was trying to gain a track position and opening the lap I knew there was probably not much time left, so I didn't have time to leave a proper gap to Verstappen. Again I saw my only opportunity was to try to fight for the track position and try to overtake, but I couldn't do it again. Again it ruined my lap and his lap. I think it was really unlucky – and I was driven into really difficult decisions and situations today. Not my day at all.[31]

Hamilton declared that there was nothing wrong with his car when he hit the wall during Q3: "The car was good. It was me - I just wasn't on it. I wasn't hitting apexes; wasn't hitting the right braking zones. These kinds of days come and go, and you just have to take the rough with the smooth. I just have to get as high as possible. I'll do what I can. I highly doubt I can win the race; my job is just to try and get through the big tangle of cars I have in front of me." His teammate Rosberg stated there would still be a chance of Hamilton battling him for the lead: "Lewis, never forget him. He can always come back from tenth. I'm sure the race will be very exciting - it's one of the easiest circuits to overtake on, so there is going to be a lot of changing places..."[32] He was also given permission to have his front-left tyre from Q2 changed, since it was damaged from its lockup.[33]

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 11:43.685 11:42.520 11:42.758 1
2 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 31:44.462 31:43.939 21:43.515 7*
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 41:44.570 41:44.141 31:43.966 2
4 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 111:45.062 61:44.461 41:43.966 3
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 91:44.936 81:44.533 51:44.269 4
6 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 131:45.494 101:44.696 61:44.483 5
7 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 51:44.694 91:44.687 71:44.717 6
8 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 61:44.706 71:44.477 81:45.246 8
9 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 101:44.939 51:44.387 91:45.570 9
10 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 21:44.259 21:43.526 102:01.954 10
11 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 141:45.507 111:44.755 11
12 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 81:44.860 121:44.824 12
13 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 71:44.827 131:45.000 18
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 151:45.525 141:45.270 13
15 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 121:45.300 151:45.349 14
16 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 161:45.549 161:46.048 15
17 88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 171:45.665 16
18 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 181:45.750 17
19 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 191:45.804 19
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 201:46.231 20
21 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 211:46.348 PL§
22 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 221:46.394 21
107% time: 1:50.942
Source: [34]
  • * Pérez was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change which was not scheduled.[35]
  • Ricciardo and Vettel both set the same times in Q3, but since Ricciardo crossed the start/finish line first, he was given second place on the grid.[36]
  • Sainz was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change which was not scheduled.[37]
  • § Magnussen had an unscheduled gearbox change, plus changes to his suspension set-up. These both resulted in a pit lane start.[37]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Nico Rosberg
Daniel Ricciardo ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Felipe Massa
Daniil Kvyat ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Sergio Pérez*
Valtteri Bottas ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Romain Grosjean
Nico Hülkenberg ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Fernando Alonso
Esteban Gutiérrez ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Felipe Nasr
Rio Haryanto ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Pascal Wehrlein
Carlos Sainz, Jr. ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jenson Button
Marcus Ericsson ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Jolyon Palmer
Kevin Magnussen ______________

Source

  • * Pérez was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change which was not scheduled.[35]
  • Sainz was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change which was not scheduled.[37]
  • Magnussen had an unscheduled gearbox change, plus changes to his suspension set-up in the parc fermé. These both resulted in a pit lane start.[37]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Post-raceEdit

Following the race, both Hamilton and Mercedes explained that both his and Rosberg's cars were not on the right energy deployment settings thanks to a mishap on Friday. Rosberg was able to fix the issue right away after it occurred on him during one point in the race, while Hamilton received the issue at the start of the race and struggled to find the correct settings himself due to the new restriction rules of 2016 having banned his team from telling him which was the correct setting. By the time he got onto the right setting, he noticed he did not have enough laps to catch up to the leaders, so Hamilton just focused on saving the engine.[38][39][40][41][42][43]

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 51 1h 32m 52.366s 1 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 51 +16.696 3 18
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 51 +25.241 7 15
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 51 +33.102* 4 12
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 51 +56.335 10 10
6 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51 +60.886 8 8
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 51 +69.229 2 6
8 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 51 +70.696 9 4
9 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg India Force India-Mercedes 51 +77.708 12 2
10 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51 +85.375 5 1
11 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 51 +104.817 19
12 12 Brazil Felipe Nasr Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 15
13 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 11
14 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen France Renault 50 +1 Lap PL
15 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 50 +1 Lap 21
16 21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez United States Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 14
17 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 20
18 88 Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 49 +2 Laps 16
19 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 42 Electrical 13
Ret 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 39 Wheel 17
Ret 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 31 Throttle 18
Ret 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 Hydraulics 6
Source: [44]
  • * Räikkönen was given a five-second time penalty for crossing the white line of the pit entry. However, it did not affect his results.[44]

MilestonesEdit

  • Force India's fifth podium.
  • Nico Rosberg scored his second Grand Chelem.

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Germany Nico Rosberg 141
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 117
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 96
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 81 ▲ 1
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 78 ▼ 1
6 Netherlands Max Verstappen 54
7 Finland Valtteri Bottas 52
8 Mexico Sergio Pérez 39 ▲ 1
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 38 ▼ 1
10 Russia Daniil Kvyat 22
11 France Romain Grosjean 22
12 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 20 ▲ 1
13 Spain Fernando Alonso 18 ▼ 1
14 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 18
15 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 6
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 5
17 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 1
18 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 0
19 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 0
20 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 0
21 Brazil Felipe Nasr 0 ▲ 1
22 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 0 ▼ 1
23 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 0
Source:[45]
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 258
2 Italy Ferrari 177
3 Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 140
4 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 90
5 India Force India-Mercedes 59
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 32
7 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 24
8 United States Haas-Ferrari 22
9 France Renault 6
10 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 United Kingdom Manor-Mercedes 0
Source:[45]

NotesEdit

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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
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