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.
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Vettel banished memories of a poor 2014 by leading Ferrari’s charge against Mercedes and snatching three great wins.
Lewis Hamilton looked like he was cruising to the championship for much of the season, but his team mate gave him a wake-up call at the end of the year.
Sergio Perez had a strong end to 2015 but produced some high-quality but underrated performances in the first half of the year.
Nico Rosberg was usually put in the shade by Lewis Hamilton – but that all changed with six races to go.
Even though the rewards were much more meagre than they had been last year, Daniel Ricciardo still gave it his all in the Red Bull.
The breakthrough talent of 2015, Max Verstappen just misses out on a place in F1 Fanatic’s top five drivers of the year.
A much-improved Lotus allowed Romain Grosjean to demonstrate his talents, never more clearly than at Spa.
Bottas couldn’t recapture the highs of 2014 at Williams, often due to problems not of his making.
After several strong results early in the year, by the latter races Nico Hulkenberg was being shown the way by his team mate.
Daniil Kvyat had a solid first season at Red Bull – but did he really deserve to finish in front of Daniel Ricciardo?