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All change – how the 2016 vs 2015 F1 points tables stack up after six races

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All change – how the 2016 vs 2015 F1 points tables stack up after six races
Jun 1, 2016, 6:55 PM

Although Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Monaco Grand Prix cut Nico Rosberg’s points lead down to 24 from 39 (over Kimi Raikkonen), the 2016 Fo...

Although Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Monaco Grand Prix cut Nico Rosberg’s points lead down to 24 from 39 (over Kimi Raikkonen), the 2016 Formula 1 championship standings still look remarkably different after six races than they did at the same stage last season.

After this year’s Monaco event, Rosberg, who finished a low key seventh in the race he had won three times in succession before last weekend, heads the table with 106 points, actually ten fewer than he had at this point in 2015. This difference is a result of the Spanish Grand Prix where both Mercedes’ drivers retired following their lap one collision.

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Position 2015 Points 2016 Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 126 Nico Rosberg 106
2 Nico Rosberg 116 Lewis Hamilton 82
3 Sebastian Vettel 98 Daniel Ricciardo 66
4 Kimi Raikkonen 60 Kimi Raikkonen 61
5 Valtteri Bottas 42 Sebastian Vettel 60
6 Felipe Massa 39 Max Verstappen 38
7 Daniel Ricciardo 35 Felipe Massa 37
8 Daniil Kvyat 17 Valtteri Bottas 29
9 Felipe Nasr 16 Sergio Perez 23
10 Romain Grosjean 16 Daniil Kvyat 22
11 Sergio Perez 11 Romain Grosjean 22
12 Carlos Sainz 9 Fernando Alonso 18
13 Nico Hulkenberg 6 Carlos Sainz 16
14 Max Verstappen 6 Nico Hulkenberg 14
15 Marcus Ericsson 5 Kevin Magnussen 6
16 Jenson Button 4 Jenson Button 5
17 Fernando Alonso 0 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
18 Roberto Merhi 0 Esteban Gutierrez 0
19 Will Stevens 0 Jolyon Palmer 0
20 Pastor Maldonado 0 Marcus Ericsson 0
21 N/A N/A Pascal Wehrlein 0
22 N/A N/A Felipe Nasr 0
23 N/A N/A Rio Haryanto 0

The most noticeable difference between post-Monaco 2015 and the current situation is that Hamilton is second, not ten points ahead of his teammate. Considering that Hamilton had also taken three wins by this stage last year, compared to one so far in 2016, Rosberg’s lead looks stronger than Hamilton’s did in the season the Briton would win his third world title.

However, the current championship table would look even more different if Daniel Ricciardo had won the last two races, as he feels he should have done.

XPB.cc Daniel Ricciardo

The Red Bull driver is third on 66 points, but he would have 86 points if he had triumphed in Barcelona and Monaco, and would be slightly more within touching distance of Rosberg than Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen’s 2016 haul of 61 is almost exactly the same as he had managed after Monaco in 2015 (60), but his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel has just 60 points so far this season compared to 98 last year.

Vettel did miss out on a chance to score in the race in Bahrain due to his warm-up lap engine failure, but he has lost points at virtually every other race due to incidents or poor strategy.

Max Verstappen’s victory in Spain has boosted his total compared to 2015 from six to 38, while the man he replaced at Red Bull, Daniil Kvyat, has 22, which is five more than he had at this stage last season.

Max Verstappen

The Russian’s Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz has also improved (nine vs 16) as the Italian team has enjoyed an early-season advantage from its 2015 Ferrari power unit.

At Williams, Felipe Massa has amassed a Raikkonen-esque 37 (2016) vs 39 (2015) and is also the only driver to have scored points in all six races so far this season. But Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas only has 29 points to show for his work in 2016 against the 42 he had scored after Monaco last year.

Both Sergio Perez (11 vs 23) and Nico Hulkenberg (six vs 14) have more than double the points they did at this stage in 2015 for Force India. The duo have benefitted from the team updating its VJM09 in Spain and Perez finished third in Monaco last weekend.

McLaren has noticeably more points that it did by this point in 2015. Last year, as the team struggled with Honda’s first go at the V6-turbo power units, Fernando Alonso had no points to show for his efforts compared to the 18 he has this season, while Jenson Button (four vs five) is also better off. Stoffel Vandoorne also has a single point for McLaren after his impressive debut in place of Alonso in Bahrain.

XPB.cc Gene Haas Romain Grosjean

Haas F1 is obviously better of points-wise than it was at this stage in 2015 as the team only made its debut back in March. But Romain Grosjean’s haul of 22 is still remarkable considering the squad’s young age and Esteban Gutierrez’s 11th place in Monaco indicates he too is edging closer to the top ten.

Kevin Magnussen is also much better off simply by being able to race in F1 in 2016, as he spent last year on the sidelines at McLaren. The Dane has also given Renault all of its six points since returning to the sport as a constructor earlier this year and his teammate Jolyon Palmer is yet to get of the mark.

While Manor is in the same position is was in 2015, last in the table with no points, it is joined on zero by Sauber. The Swiss team is known to be seriously struggling financially, but its 2016 season reached new depths when Marcus Ericsson drove into Felipe Nasr in Monaco, shortly after the Brazilian had ignored an order to let his teammate through.

Felipe Nasr

What do you make of the F1 standings in 2016 compared to 2015? Which drivers have impressed and which ones do you think are struggling? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more discussion.
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