FEB 22nd 2016

Gallery: F1 2016 – The Contenders

After an 84-day lay-off, Formula 1 returned to action this morning with the first of two four-day tests at the Circuit de Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix since 1991.

It’s the first time we’ve seen Grand Prix cars in action since the flag fell on the 2015 season in Abu Dhabi back in November. And it’s given race fans a sneak preview of what the 11 teams’ 2016 challengers will look like come the opening GP in Australia on March 20.

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With just eight days (Feb 22-25 and March 1-4) for the teams to get themselves in shape for the record-breaking 21-race calendar, pre-season testing is vitally important. Gone are the days of unlimited running ahead of the first race and on virtually every day in between, so every minute on track counts, particularly for the three new recruits, Jolyon Palmer, Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein and F1’s newest team, Haas.

Here, then, is our visual guide to the grid, in 2015 constructors’ championship order, plus Haas.

Mercedes W07

MERCEDES

Car

Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid

Engine

Mercedes PU106C Hybrid

Drivers

44: Lewis Hamilton (GB)

6: Nico Rosberg (D)

2015 form: 16 wins, 18 pole positions, 13 fastest laps

Ferrari SF16-H Reveal. Friday 19 February 2016. The Ferrari SF16-H. Photo: Ferrari (Copyright Free FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) ref: Digital Image 160001_new-SF16-h_3-4_2016_sponsor

FERRARI

Car

Ferrari SF16-H

Engine

Ferrari 059/5

Drivers

5: Sebastian Vettel (D)

7: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)

2015 form: 3 wins, 1 pole, 3 fastest laps

February 2016 Williams FW38 Photo: Williams F1. Ref: WS8A84791_HDR_Edit

WILLIAMS

Car

Williams FW38

Engine

Mercedes PU106C Hybrid

Drivers

19: Felipe Massa (BR)

77: Valtteri Bottas (FIN)

2015 form: 4 podium finishes

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RED BULL

Car

Red Bull RB12

Engine

TAG Heuer RB12 (Renault)

Drivers

3: Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)

26: Daniil Kvyat (RUS)

2015 form: 3 podium finishes, 3 fastest laps

Force India F1

FORCE INDIA

Car

Force India VJM09

Engine

Mercedes PU106C Hybrid

Drivers

27: Nico Hulkenberg (D)

11: Sergio Perez (MEX)

2015 form: 1 podium finish

Renault F1 RS16

RENAULT

Car

Renault RS16

Engine

Renault RE16

Drivers

20: Kevin Magnussen (DK)

30: Jolyon Palmer (GB)

2015 form: 1 podium finish (as Lotus)

Torro Rosso 

TORO ROSSO

Car

Toro Rosso STR11

Engine

Ferrari 059/4

Drivers

33: Max Verstappen (NL)

55: Carlos Sainz (E)

2015 form: 2 fourth-place finishes

Sauber C35

SAUBER

Car

Sauber C35

Engine

Ferrari 059/5

Drivers

9: Marcus Ericsson (S)

12: Felipe Nasr (BR)

2015 form: 1 fifth-place finish

McLaren MP4-31

McLAREN

Car

McLaren MP4-31

Engine

Honda RA616H

Drivers

14: Fernando Alonso (E)

22: Jenson Button (GB)

2015 form: 1 fifth-place finish

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Monday 22 February 2016. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor MRT 05 Mercedes, in the pit lane. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _SBL4674

MANOR

Car

Manor MRT05

Engine

Mercedes PU106C Hybrid

Drivers

94: Pascal Wehrlein (D)

88: Rio Haryanto (RI)

2015 form: Two 12th-placed finishes

Haas VF-16 Studio Images. Thursday 18 February 2016. Photo: Haas F1 Team (Copyright Free FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) ref: Digital Image HAAS_04_TC

HAAS

Car

Haas VF-16

Engine

Ferrari 059/5

Drivers

8: Romain Grosjean (F)

21: Esteban Gutierrez (MEX)

2015 form: N/A

Images courtesy of LAT and the teams

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