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2016 Belgian Grand Prix

The 2016 Belgian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race held on 28 August 2016 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. It was the thirteenth round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, and marks the seventy-second running of the Belgian Grand Prix and the fifty-ninth time the race was held at Spa-Francorchamps.

2016 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 13 of 21 in the 2016 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit
Layout of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit
Race details[1]
Date 28 August 2016
Official name 2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix[2][3]
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Stavelot, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 308.052 km (191.415 mi)
Weather Partially cloudy and dry
Attendance 233,730 (Weekend) [4]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:46.744
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:51.583 on lap 40
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Third Mercedes

Mercedes driver and defending race winner Lewis Hamilton entered the race leading the World Drivers' Championship by nineteen points ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held a lead of 159 points. Red Bull Racing was lying second, having passed Ferrari in the standings at the previous round in Germany.

Nico Rosberg won this Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton, second and third respectively. Hamilton received a multi-grid penalty before the start of the race. Hamilton retained the championship lead, with Rosberg closing the gap to nine points. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and both Ferraris were involved in an incident at the start of the race.

The race was stopped on lap 9 after Kevin Magnussen crashed heavily at Raidillon, suffering a 12.5G impact, causing structural damage to the armoured collision barrier and tyre wall which required repairs, before the race could resume under green flag conditions. Magnussen suffered a cut on his ankle but no serious injury.[5]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Driver changesEdit

Esteban Ocon made his Formula One début, replacing Rio Haryanto at MRT.[6] Haryanto stayed with the team, filling a testing and reserve role.[7]

TyresEdit

Tyre supplier Pirelli provided teams with the super-soft, soft and medium compounds for the races. Drivers were also supplied with two sets of "prototype" soft tyres for use in the Friday practice sessions, which were designed to provide similar lap times and performance to the existing soft compound whilst being more durable when striking kerbs and going beyond track limits.[8] The prototype tyres were introduced to allow Pirelli to gain data on their performance ahead of their competitive début in Malaysia, where they will replace the existing soft compound.

UpgradesEdit

Both Honda and Mercedes introduced upgrades to their power units for the race, while Sauber brought their first updates of the season for the C35 chassis.[9]

PenaltiesEdit

Lewis Hamilton, Marcus Ericsson and Fernando Alonso took grid penalties for exceeding their season allocation of engine components; Hamilton received fifteen places for using his sixth turbocharger and associated Motor Generator Unit, while Ericsson was demoted ten places for replacing his turbocharger,[10] and Alonso thirty-five places for introducing his sixth complete power unit. Hamilton received a second set of penalties when Mercedes introduced a seventh turbocharger and MGU-H ahead of the second free practice session;[11] and a third set for further changes ahead of the final practice session, thereby guaranteeing that he would start the race from last place. Mercedes deliberately took the penalties as they sought to stockpile new components for the remainder of the season, deeming the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to be a venue where the potential for overtaking offset the penalties.[12]

Esteban Gutiérrez received a five-place grid penalty for dangerous driving during the final practice session when Pascal Wehrlein was forced to take evasive action and cross the grassy verge on the inside of Raidillon to avoid contact.

On race day, Mercedes removed a seal on the gearbox of Hamilton's car so he could take a new gearbox at the next race, giving the world champion an additional five place grid penalty. The penalty was initially incorrectly issued and originally designated Hamilton to start from the pit lane.[13]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 6   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:48.019 1:46.999 1:46.744 1
2 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:48.407 1:47.163 1:46.893 2
3 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:47.912 1:47.664 1:46.910 3
4 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:47.802 1:47.944 1:47.108 4
5 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:48.407 1:48.027 1:47.216 5
6 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:48.106 1:47.485 1:47.407 6
7 27   Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:48.080 1:47.317 1:47.543 7
8 77   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:48.655 1:47.918 1:47.612 8
9 22   Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1:48.700 1:48.051 1:48.114 9
10 19   Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:47.738 1:47.667 1:48.263 10
11 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:48.751 1:48.316 11
12 20   Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:48.800 1:48.485 12
13 21   Esteban Gutiérrez Haas-Ferrari 1:48.748 1:48.598 181
14 30   Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:48.901 1:48.888 13
15 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.876 1:49.038 14
16 94   Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 1:48.554 1:49.320 15
17 12   Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.949 16
18 31   Esteban Ocon MRT-Mercedes 1:49.050 17
19 26   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:49.058 19
20 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:49.071 202
21 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:50.033 213
107% time: 1:55.279
22 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda No time 224
Source:[14]

Notes:

  • ^1  – Esteban Gutiérrez received a five-place grid penalty for impeding Pascal Wehrlein during the final practice session on Saturday.[15]
  • ^2  – Marcus Ericsson was penalised 10 grid places for unscheduled power unit element changes.[14]
  • ^3  – Lewis Hamilton received a 60-place grid penalty after Mercedes opted to replace several elements on his power unit, then remove a seal from his gearbox.[16][13]
  • ^4  – Fernando Alonso received a 60-place grid penalty after McLaren opted to replace several elements on his power unit.[16] As Alonso also failed to set a qualifying time, his participation in the race came at the stewards' discretion.[14]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 1:44:51.058 1 25
2 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 44 +14.113 5 18
3 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 44 +27.634 21 15
4 27   Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 44 +35.907 7 12
5 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 44 +40.660 6 10
6 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 44 +45.394 4 8
7 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 44 +59.445 22 6
8 77   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 44 +1:00.151 8 4
9 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 44 +1:01.109 3 2
10 19   Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 44 +1:05.873 10 1
11 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 44 +1:11.138 2
12 21   Esteban Gutiérrez Haas-Ferrari 44 +1:13.877 18
13 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 44 +1:16.474 11
14 26   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +1:27.097 19
15 30   Jolyon Palmer Renault 44 +1:33.165 13
16 31   Esteban Ocon MRT-Mercedes 43 +1 Lap 17
17 12   Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 16
Ret 20   Kevin Magnussen Renault 5 Accident 12
Ret 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 3 Gearbox 20
Ret 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1 Puncture damage 14
Ret 22   Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1 Collision damage 9
Ret 94   Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 0 Collision 15
Source:[17]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "2016 Formula 1 World Championship Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Spa-Francorchamps - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". Progcovers.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ "F1 attendance figures hit four million in 2017". Formula1.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ Benson, Andrew. "Belgian Grand Prix: Kevin Magnussen says he will be racing in Italy". BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  6. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (10 August 2016). "Manor F1 team replaces Rio Haryanto with Esteban Ocon". autosport.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  7. ^ Freeman, Glenn (11 August 2016). "Rio Haryanto accepts Manor F1 reserve driver offer after losing seat". Autosport. Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ Cooper, Adam (26 August 2016). "Pirelli plans to use safer construction from Malaysian GP". Motorsport.com. Francorchamps: Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  9. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (25 August 2016). "Sauber Formula 1 team brings raft of upgrades to Belgian Grand Prix". Autosport. Francorchamps: Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Hamilton incurs 15-place Spa grid penalty". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Verstappen edges Ricciardo in Spa practice". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  12. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (26 August 2016). "Belgian GP: Hamilton to start at the back following further penalty". Autosport. Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  13. ^ a b Anderson, Ben (28 August 2016). "Mercedes breaks F1 gearbox seal on Hamilton's car". Autosport. Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  14. ^ a b c "2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Gutiérrez penalised for impeding Wehrlein in FP3". formula1.com. Formula 1. 27 August 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Alonso and Hamilton set to start from back of Spa grid". formula1.com. Formula 1. 29 August 2016.
  17. ^ "2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Belgium 2016 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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