The Mercedes F1 W07 was based on the design of the F1 W06 from the previous year. The stability in the regulations also allowed the team to carry over many of the major design elements. What did require changes were the raised cockpit sides for additional driver safety and the separate waste-gate exhaust intended to improve the sound of the turbo-hybrid drivetrain. With a total of 19 wins, 20 pole positions, 33 podium finishes and a total of 765 constructors championship points in a single season, the F1 W07 Hybrid is statistically the second most dominant Formula One car in the history of the sport with a win percentage of 90.47% against the sport’s most dominant car, the 1988 McLaren MP4/4 with a record of 93.75%. Nico Rosberg started the season brilliantly, carrying over his form from the 2015 season when he won 3 final races. Nico won the first four races of 2016 to lead Hamilton by 43 championship points. After some decline in the mid-season, Rosberg had returned his performance in second half of the championship and, despite recording 9 wins compared to Hamilton’s 10, Nico managed to win the championship by five points ahead of Hamilton. Rosberg became the second son of a former world champion to win the title since Damon Hill replicated his father Graham Hill in 1996. Despite Nico had signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes to 2018 in mid-2016, he decided to retire from motor racing after the season.
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