Mercedes F1 team 2016

F1 season preview 2016 - Mercedes car
15 Mar, 2016 1:20pm Stephen Errity

Twitter: @MercedesAMGF1
Engine: Mercedes 
Races: 127 
Wins: 45
Titles:
Last year: 1st (703pts)

The reigning constructors’ champion should pick up right where it left off this weekend. It was clearly the fastest and most reliable outfit at pre-season testing in Barcelona, Spain, racking up the most laps of any team and regularly topping the timesheets across eight days of running. As was the case last year, the big question mark is how bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda will manage the fractious relationship between Hamilton and Rosberg. If one is clearly faster than the other, there should be no problems, but whenever they get together on track, sparks fly.

Our verdict: Hamilton cruised after winning the title last year, allowing Rosberg a late run of form. But he should be back on it now and it’s hard to see anyone challenging.

Drivers 

Lewis Hamilton

Races: 167 
Wins: 43
Titles: 3
Last year: 1st 
Age: 31 
Twitter: @LewisHamilton

Did you know? Hamilton has recorded an R&B album and plans a music career once his time in racing is finished.

Nico Rosberg

Races: 185 
Wins: 14 
Titles: 0
Last year: 2nd  
Age: 30
Twitter: @nico_rosberg 

Did you know? Nico and his wife Vivian welcomed a daughter, Alaia, half-way through last season.