Formula 1® Drivers

Reigning champions Mercedes retain the same driver line-up for 2016, as do most of the other top teams. That doesn’t mean there aren’t big changes, though. Romain Grosjean leaves Lotus for the all-new Haas squad - the first American-led team to join the grid in three decades - and is partnered by F1 returnee Esteban Gutierrez. At Lotus, meanwhile, Great Britain’s Jolyon Palmer steps up from his reserve role to partner Pastor Maldonado.

Reigning champions Mercedes retain the same driver line-up for 2016, as do most of the other top teams. That doesn’t mean there aren’t big changes, though. Romain Grosjean leaves Lotus for the all-new Haas squad - the first American-led team to join the grid in three decades - and is partnered by F1 returnee Esteban Gutierrez. At Lotus, meanwhile, Great Britain’s Jolyon Palmer steps up from his reserve role to partner Pastor Maldonado.

2015 Drivers Championship

1 Lewis Hamilton HAM GBR Mercedes Mercedes car 381
2 Nico Rosberg ROS GER Mercedes Mercedes car 322
3 Sebastian Vettel VET GER Ferrari Ferrari car 278
4 Kimi Räikkönen RAI FIN Ferrari Ferrari car 150
5 Valtteri Bottas BOT FIN Williams Williams car 136
6 Felipe Massa MAS BRA Williams Williams car 121
7 Daniil Kvyat KVY RUS Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing car 95
8 Daniel Ricciardo RIC AUS Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing car 92
9 Sergio Perez PER MEX Force India Force India car 78
10 Nico Hulkenberg HUL GER Force India Force India car 58