Scuderia Ferrari have packed away race equipment, folded down the pit-wall and pulled down the garage door on the longest Formula 1™ season in history, which saw the team travel all over the world to race on 21 of the best circuits at the pinnacle of motorsport. It’s been a huge learning curve for Scuderia Ferrari and a season filled with highs and lows, but the team managed nine podiums including the impressive performance in the season finale and a fine double podium finish in Spain.
The final standings confirmed Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel on 212 points and finishing in fourth place, with Kimi Raikkonen cementing his place in sixth overall on 186 points. Switching over to the Team Constructors’ Championship, the Prancing Horse claimed a spot on podium in third with 398 Championship points.
<< Season Rewind <<
It was a strong start to the season for Seb and Kimi, both featuring on the podium in the first 5 races, but the second half of the season painted a different picture, a series of unfortunate races saw the team only reach podium twice over the course of the last 10 races.
Rewind to the preseason and it was the moment that all Tifosi had waited for after a long off-season, the NEW Scuderia Ferrari car was revealed to the world. Welcome SF16-H!
The first run-out was in Montémelo at the Circuit de Cataluña-Barcelona for the annual off-season F1 Testing. All practice sessions need to run the car on various set-ups and tyre compounds to find the car’s strengths and weaknesses.
All data gathered from the multiple off-season sessions had been positive and the feeling in the garage was good as those five red lights lit up on the grid for the curtain-raiser in Melbourne.
Scuderia Ferrari got the season off to a flying start! Seb and Kimi were able to share 2 podiums each as the F1 season raced through Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia until the Spanish GP, where a highly controversial incident with the Mercedes Team on lap 1 meant that Seb and Kimi stood on podium together as the chequered flag waved in Spain – the season’s first double podium finish!
One of the highlights on the Formula 1™ calendar took the team to the streets of Monte Carlo for the Monaco GP, a race that every driver wants to win for it’s rich history and motorsport heritage. It was an unfortunate weekend for the team and focusing for the next race was quickly on the agenda. The team managed to race to more podiums in Canada, Baku and Austria. The final 3 races to the first half of the season didn’t go according to plan though and saw the drivers miss out on the podium in Silverstone, Hungary and Germany.
It was time for the world of motorsport to head into the long summer break, recharge batteries and analyse performances from the first 12 rounds of the Formula 1™ season. The team was hard at work at HQ in Maranello, looking for ways to gain back those vital tenths through the SF16-H development and upgrades that were used later on in the season.
The second half of the season got underway around the famous circuit and driver favourite, Spa-Francorchamps, for the Belgian GP. Through an uneventful race, Seb and Kimi were able to finish well, scoring more championship points. The next race would be key for the team at their home in Italy for the Italian GP. Crowds flocked to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza to see their heroes and Scuderia Ferrari. It was a passion-filled race weekend, with a giant SF flag being carried by thousands of Tifosi up the pit straight to celebrate the podium finish.
The European leg of the Formula 1™ calendar had come to an end, with their sights set on Eastern parts of the world, starting in Singapore and ending in Japan. It was a stint that gave the team new challenges, but they managed to score more valuable championship points.
As the season entered its final stages, the team travelled across to the Americas to line-up on the grid in the USA, Mexico and Brazil Grands Prix. Perhaps the most talked about race was that of Brazil, which was stop-start due to the adverse weather conditions and red flags – a great spectacle for the fans, but dangerous for the drivers.
Fireworks reigned on and off the track in Abu Dhabi for the season finale where the 2016 F1 Championship was decided. Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel weaved his way through the grid to the team’s last podium and secure fourth place in the Drivers Championship and with the team also cementing third place overall in the team Constructors Championship.
>> A look at the 2017 season >>
There will be a lot of post-season talk with the radical changes being implemented by the FIA into the sport for the 2017 season. The team has already held test sessions with Pirelli for the new wider tyres expected in the 2017 season and will also have to further develop the car’s aero-package to comply with new regulations.
You have been very patient and we will do our utmost not to disappoint you [the fans]. With Vettel and Raikkonen we have two world champions on our books. Sebastian was here yesterday, working in the simulator and he repeated the fact that he wants to win with Ferrari. It’s up to us to give them a car capable of doing that. Maurizio Arrivabene