Despite two heavy crashes early in the season and an unfortunate collision with his team mate, Marcus Ericsson raised his game towards the end of the year.
After taking a few races to play himself in Jolyon Palmer got on terms with team mate Kevin Magnussen’s pace but had a few scrapes along the way.
Pascal Wehrlein showed a good deal of promise at Manor and even scored a point. But he came under pressure from a new team mate later in the year.
Felipe Massa began his final season of Formula One well but by the end it was clear he’d chosen the right time to retire.
Esteban Ocon drove for less than half the year after being promoted from the DTM but was coming on strong as the season ended.
Felipe Nasr delivered points for Sauber when the opportunity arose but wasn’t their top driver over the course of the season.
A scoreline of zero points to Esteban Gutierrez versus 29 for Romain Grosjean is a brutal verdict on Gutierrez’s efforts. But is it a fair one?
Daniil Kvyat suffered a mauling at the hands of two teams mates during 2016 as he was demoted from Red Bull to Toro Rosso.
When Rio Haryanto’s funding ran dry it was a no-brainer for Manor to replace him, though his season wasn’t a complete waste.
Toto Wolff reckoned Mercedes had reached the performance limit under the current rules but Mercedes were even further ahead of their closest rival in 2016.
Which drivers ruled the roost in their teams during 2016? Now the season is over it’s time to delve into the data and deliver a verdict.
For drivers in the midfield, seeking promotion to a front-line outfit, beating your team mate is essential. Here’s who came out on top in 2016.
At the rear of the field beating your team mate can be the difference between scoring points and missing out – as was the case in three teams this year.