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12 races down, 9 to go - a snapshot of the season so far

18 Aug 2016

Team mate clashes, record-breaking winners, audacious overtakes, dramatic barrel rolls - the 2016 season has been anything but dull. We take a round-by-round look at the action to date…

Round 1: Australia

Ferrari seize control at the start, but a mid-race stoppage after a huge accident involving Fernando Alonso turns things on their head, helping Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to what had looked an unlikely victory - his fourth in a row following on from 2015. Lewis Hamilton recovers from a nightmare start to complete a Silver Arrows one-two, while Sebastian Vettel has to settle for third. F1 debutants Haas, meanwhile, are a stunning sixth with Romain Grosjean.

WATCH: Alonso 'thought about mum' after crash
WATCH: Haas celebrate dream debut


Round 2: Bahrain

Rosberg makes it five wins on the trot with a dominant victory in Sakhir, taking the chequered flag 10 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton, meanwhile, is forced into damage limitation mode once more after being tipped into a spin (and suffering damage) at Turn 1 by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Vettel doesn’t even make it that far, his Ferrari’s engine expiring on the formation lap. And McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne picks up a point on his F1 debut as a stand-in for the injured Alonso.

- WATCH: Bottas and Hamilton's view on their Turn 1 collision
- WATCH: Grosjean - "This is the American dream!"
- WATCH: Stoffel Vandoorne reflects on a dream F1 debut


Round 3: China

Hamilton’s unlucky start to 2016 continues as technical woes in qualifying relegate him to the back of the grid before an unfortunate first-lap tangle with Felipe Nasr’s Sauber robs him of his front wing. The world champion eventually scrapes home in seventh as all 22 cars finish, and team mate Rosberg takes another comfortable win. Vettel, meanwhile, recovers from a first-corner clash with team mate Raikkonen to take second ahead of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, whose aggressive start had earlier angered the German.  

- WATCH: Torpedo or terrific? Onboard with Vettel and Kvyat at Turn 1
- WATCH: From narrow escapes to daring overtakes - China’s best onboard action
- READ: Full house - the rare occasions every car has finished


Round 4: Russia

Vettel points the finger at Kvyat once more - and this time with total justification as the Russian unceremoniously punts the Ferrari star out on a chaotic first lap, laying the table for his subsequent 'demotion' from Red Bull. Out of the mayhem Rosberg emerges with a seventh successive win, and a Grand Slam one at that, but only after falling water pressure dulls Hamilton’s impressive charge to second from tenth on the grid - the result of further technical issues in qualifying.

- WATCH: Twice in two races - Kvyat and Vettel's Sochi shunts analysed
- READ: Sochi stats - Rosberg makes history with seventh straight win
- WATCH: Say what? The best of team radio in Russia


Round 5: Spain

Mercedes wipe out in spectacular fashion as Rosberg and Hamilton clash on lap one, leaving the way clear for a battle royal between Red Bull and Ferrari. The ball is initially in Daniel Ricciardo’s court, but as Red Bull put the Australian on a three-stop strategy (the same as Vettel), Max Verstappen - competing in his first Grand Prix for Red Bull - races into an unlikely lead before holding off relentless pressure from the similarly two-stopping Raikkonen to become F1’s youngest ever winner.

- WATCH: Verstappen on his 'incredible' win in Spain
- READ: Spain stats - Verstappen surpasses Vettel as F1’s youngest winner
- WATCH: Mercedes mayhem: Analysing Hamilton and Rosberg's Turn 4 clash
- WATCH: Alonso's irreverent take on Red Bull's driver swap


Round 6: Monaco

Having lost out in Spain through strategy, Ricciardo loses another chance of victory in a wet/dry race in the Principality as he arrives in the pits for his final stop only to find no tyres waiting for him. That leaves the path clear for Hamilton, having earlier been released from behind team mate Rosberg, to jump the polesitter and, after a close battle, record his first victory of the year. Sergio Perez follows them home for a superb first podium of the season. Elsewhere there are crashes aplenty, with Verstappen and Palmer hitting the barriers and the Saubers hitting each other...

- READ: Winners and losers - Monaco
- WATCH: "Where's the tyres?" - Relive Red Bull's pit stop nightmare
- WATCH: Nasr and Ericsson on Sauber's disastrous day in Monaco


Round 7: Canada

Vettel leads into Turn 1, but it’s Hamilton, with a superior strategy, who takes victory in Montreal ahead of the German and Bottas, who scores Williams’ first podium of the season. Rosberg, meanwhile, can only manage fifth behind Verstappen, having fallen down the order on the first lap after banging wheels with Hamilton and running over the grass at Turn 1.

- WATCH: Did Ferrari's strategy in Canada cost Vettel the win?
- WATCH: Onboard in Canada - the major moves from Montreal


Round 8: Europe

Formula One’s first race in Azerbaijan’s dazzling capital Baku is a proverbial walk in the park for Rosberg, who wins easily from pole position. The German is followed home by compatriot Vettel and a charging Sergio Perez, who scoops Force India’s second podium in three races. Hamilton, meanwhile, can only recover to fifth, his crash in qualifying rendered even more costly by a mid-race engine settings issue which temporarily slows his Silver Arrow. Williams' pit crew meanwhile are on fire, setting one of the fastest pit stops in F1 history.

- WATCH: Williams' sub-2s pit stop
- READ: Drivers give Baku City Circuit the thumbs-up
- WATCH: An exclusive lap of Baku from the F1 Medical Car


Round 9: Austria

The fight for the world title takes another highly dramatic twist when Rosberg and Hamilton collide on the final lap in Spielberg as the Briton attempts to take the lead. Hamilton survives the contact to take his third win of the season, while Rosberg - his car heavily damaged - is passed by Verstappen and Raikkonen before limping home in fourth. To rub further salt into his wounds, the Mercedes man is then penalised by the stewards for causing a collision.

- WATCH: Accident or aggression? Hamilton and Rosberg's Austrian collision explained
- READ: Rosberg 'very surprised' Hamilton turned in
- WATCH: Manor dreaming big - Wehrlein reflects on Austria success


Round 10: Great Britain

Hamilton is imperious on home soil, controlling a race that begins in sodden conditions and ends in the dry. But behind the world champion team mate Rosberg is involved in more drama, this time after the stewards determine he has received illegal instructions over team radio, which help him solve a gearbox issue. The German drops to third behind Verstappen as a result.

- WATCH: Too much information - why radio rules relegated Rosberg
- READ: Verstappen pass on Rosberg 'sensational' - Horner
- WATCH: Hamilton goes crowd-surfing at Silverstone


Round 11: Hungary

With momentum now on his side, Hamilton takes the lead in the drivers’ standings after a controlled drive to victory at the Hungaroring - his fifth at the circuit. Having been jumped by his team mate at the start, Rosberg comes home second, but behind it’s much more competitive as Red Bull win two duels with Ferrari: Ricciardo holding off Vettel for third and Verstappen beating Raikkonen to fifth after some rather robust defensive driving.

- READ: Raikkonen on Verstappen: I’ve seen people penalised for less
- WATCH: The best onboard action from Hungary


Round 12: Germany

Hamilton needs no invitation to take the lead as Rosberg blows his P1 start at the Hockenheimring, leaving the way clear for the Briton to extend his championship lead to 19 points with a sixth victory of the season. Worse still for Rosberg, any hopes of second place evaporate after he’s handed a 5-second penalty for forcing Verstappen off the road during a forceful passing move. The teenage Dutchman eventually finishes third behind team mate Ricciardo. 

- WATCH: What went wrong for Rosberg in Germany?
- WATCH: Ricciardo explains the 'shoey'
- WATCH: The best onboard action from Germany