- Rosberg announces retirement
Never mind the on-track action this year, the biggest shock of the season was when Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport less than a week after winning the championship in Abu Dhabi.
2. Hamilton & Rosberg collide in Spain
Mercedes winning start to the season ended in dramatic fashion on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix back in May when Hamilton was forced on to the grass and ended up hitting teammate Rosberg with both cars ending up in the gravel. This marked a new low point in the rivalry between the pair.
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3. Verstappen’s win in Spain
Mercedes loss was Red Bull’s gain with teenage sensation Max Verstappen winning his first race in the Red Bull car after he replaced Danil Kvyat who was demoted back to Toro Rosso. Red Bull’s decision paid off as Versatppen became the youngest ever winner of a Grand Prix at just 18 years and 228 days.
4. Hamilton’s engine failure in Malaysia
Undoubtedly the biggest turning point of the championship battle was Hamilton’s engine failure in Malaysia (Pictured at top of page). He had the race under control and for once it was his teammate Rosberg who had had the bad start being tagged by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel pushing him all the way to the back of the field. However, on lap 43 that all changed with Hamilton being forced out of the race with his engine blowing up in smoke and with it his championship hopes as he left Malaysia with a 23 point deficit to Rosberg.
5. Alonso & Gutierrez Crash
The season opener in Australia was an epic race with both Mercedes cars and Sebastian Vettel fighting for victory. However, the race was overshadowed by the huge crash between McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez in the new Haas. Alonso hit the back of the Haas and was sent into an airbone barrell roll with his car being completely destroyed. Luckily for Alonso he walked away from the huge impact with only minor injuries but was forced to sit out the next race in Bahrain.
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