It made its track début at Silverstone on 19th February 2016, and the car was officially unveiled online on 21 February. Mercedes dominated the whole season for the third time since the return of turbo-powered engines, winning a total of 19 races, three more than the W05 and W06 did. It gave Mercedes their third constructors' title at the Japanese Grand Prix, and they finished the 2016 season with 765 points.
In the first race of 2016 at Australia, both Hamilton and Rosberg qualified 1st and 2nd respectively. Hamilton had a bad start, but both him and Rosberg went on a different strategy, so Rosberg won the race with Hamilton in second.
In the Spanish Grand Prix, both Hamilton and Rosberg collided with each other and retired from the race.
At the final lap of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, Rosberg was leading the race en route to a possible victory, but Hamilton was right behind Rosberg. Hamilton tried to overtake Rosberg on the outside line of Turn 2, but they made contact in the runoff area, causing front wing damage to Rosberg and a podium loss to Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen. At the post-race podium interviews, Hamilton ended up being booed by the crowd, shrugging off the reaction and saying "That's not my problem, it's theirs." Rosberg was handed a ten-second time penalty for causing the collision, but eventually dropped no positions.
In the Malaysian Grand Prix, Hamilton, who was comfortably leading the race, suffered an engine failure on lap 41, yelling over the team radio: "Oh, no, no!" Rosberg, who was fighting his way through the field after a collision with Sebastian Vettel, eventually finished third behind the Red Bulls. This retirement ultimately decided the championship.
In the season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Hamilton won the race, meanwhile Nico Rosberg secured his first Formula One World Drivers' Title by finishing second behind his team-mate.
Complete Formula One ResultsEdit
|Complete Formula One Results|
|V T E||Mercedes Grand Prix|
44. Lewis Hamilton · 77. Valtteri Bottas
Juan Manuel Fangio (1954, 1955) · Lewis Hamilton (2014, 2015) · Nico Rosberg (2016)
Michael Schumacher · Juan Manuel Fangio · Nico Rosberg · Hans Herrmann · Karl Kling · Stirling Moss · André Simon · Piero Taruffi · Hermann Lang
Nick Fry · Bob Bell · Aldo Costa · Toto Wolff
Norbert Haug · Alfred Neubauer · Max Sailer · Rudolf Uhlenhaut · Paddy Lowe
W196 · W01 · W02 · W03 · W04 · W05 · W06 · W07 · W08