2016 Japanese Grand Prix
The 2016 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the 2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 9 October 2016 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Mie, Japan. The race marked the 42nd running of the Japanese Grand Prix, the 30th time it has been held at Suzuka (28th time as a World Championship round), and the 32nd time that the race has been run as a World Championship event since the F1 inaugural season in 1950.
|2016 Japanese Grand Prix|
|Race 17 of 21 in the 2016 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||9 October 2016|
|Official name||2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix|
|Location||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.807 km (3.608 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 307.573 km (191.117 mi)|
|Attendance||145,000 (Weekend) |
|Time||1:35.118 on lap 36|
|Second||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer|
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg entered the round with a twenty-three-point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship. Rosberg started the race from pole position and won the race, extending his championship lead to thirty-three points as Hamilton finished third behind Max Verstappen. Before the race, Mercedes held a 194-point lead over Red Bull Racing in the World Constructors' Championship, and with forty points for first and third places, secured their third consecutive title. In the Drivers' Championship, the field of title contenders has narrowed to just two (Rosberg and Hamilton) after the race. It turned out to be Nico Rosberg's final Grand Prix pole and victory, as he announced his retirement in December.
Lewis Hamilton fell to 8th at the start of the race due to a bad start which was compounded by being on the wetter side of the grid. For the second year in succession in the Japanese Grand Prix, all entrants were classified as having finished the race.
After the race, Nico Rosberg had enough lead in the World Drivers' Championship to win the title, even if Hamilton won all the remaining 4 races and he finished in second place every time - with this scenario happening, Rosberg won the title with a narrow 5 points lead (385 points, compared to Hamilton's 380).
|5||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:32.487||1:31.489||1:31.178||3|
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:32.538||1:31.719||1:31.240||4|
|7||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.682||1:32.237||1:31.961||5|
|9||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.448||1:32.200||1:32.142||9|
|13||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.645||1:32.623||13|
|14||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.789||1:32.685||14|
|107% time: 1:38.075|
- ^1 – Kimi Räikkönen and Pascal Wehrlein received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
- ^2 – Sebastian Vettel received a three-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision at the previous race in Malaysia.
- ^3 – Jenson Button received a thirty-five-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Bold text indicates who still had a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for the sets of standings.
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- "2016 Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- "Japan 2016 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.