Choosing the team of the year was a toss-up between Haas, Force India and Red Bull – in the end the American newcomers to Formula 1 get the nod because they are a shining example how a team should tackle the sport at the highest level.
Perhaps their only failing was signing up the hopeless Esteban Gutierrez who simply does not deserve to be in Formula 1 no matter what Ferrari thinks. Indeed the Maranello outfit did Haas no favours recommending the Mexican to the debutantes.
On the other hand in Romain Grosjean they had a talented hard charger who was sensational for the team in their early races. Things got tense in the final stages of the races as failures abounded and the reality of life in Formula 1 manifested itself with the team.
Nevertheless they did the business and established themselves as serious contenders, making up for the Gutierrez gaffe by signing Kevin Magnussen to partner Grosjean. An inspired decision to have the ice cool Dane partnering the emotional Frenchman.
Force India deserves the accolade too. They are the epitome of a well run Formula 1 team, using limited resources to maximum potential and beating some bigger outfits in the process.
Red Bull were also candidates for our Team of the Year because they bounced back from a torrid 2015. Jumped up the pecking order by mid-season and in the latter races really gave Mercedes a run for their money, or at least gave it their best shot with strategy and thing out the box.
Promoting Max Verstappen was a stroke of genius and since then have managed their drivers to keep harmony in their team… for now.
But in the end the biggest applause has to go to Haas for a job well done by the newcomers.