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The 2021 Formula 1 Season

Calendar Edit

# Grand Prix Circuit Name Circuit Results
1. Australia Australian GP Albert Park Albert Park PP: United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
P1: Netherlands Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
P2: Thailand Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
P3: Spain Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
2. Bahrain Bahrain GP Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir PP: Spain Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
P1: Spain Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
P2: Australia Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
P3: Thailand Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
3. Vietnam Vietnamese GP Hanoi Street Circuit Hanoi PP:
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4. China Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuit Shanghai PP:
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5. Netherlands Dutch GP Circuit Park Zandvoort Zandvoort PP:
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6. Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo PP:
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7. Azerbaijan Azerbaijan GP Baku City Circuit Baku PP:
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8. Canada Canadian GP Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Gilles Villeneuve PP:
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9. Austria Austrian GP Red Bull Ring Red Bull Ring PP:
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10. France French GP Circuit Paul Ricard Paul Ricard PP:
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11. United Kingdom British GP Silverstone Circuit Silverstone PP:
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12. Hungary Hungarian GP Hungaroring Hungaroring PP:
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13. Germany German GP Nurburgring Nurburgring PP:
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14. Belgium Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa-Franchorchamps PP:
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15. Italy Italian GP Autodromo Nazionale di Monza Monza PP:
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16. Singapore Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit Marina Bay PP:
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17. Russia Russian GP Sochi Autodrom Sochi PP:
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18. Japan Japanese GP Suzuka International Speedway Suzuka PP:
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19. United States USA GP Circuit of the Americas Austin PP:
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20. Mexico Mexican GP Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Hermanos Rodriguez PP:
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21. Brazil Brazilian GP Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Interlagos PP:
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22. United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit Yas Marina PP: Netherlands Firstname Lastname (Team Name)
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Calendar changes Edit

  • Following a very uninteresting Grand Prix in 2020, the Spanish GP was dropped in favor of the German GP returning to the Nurburgring,for the first time since 2013. The circuit had been bought by Arab investors and now has enough money to run Formula One races. It is under contract to run until 2025.

Pariticipants Edit

Engine # Driver Rounds Reserve drivers
Germany Mercedes AMG-Petronas F1 Germany Mercedes 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1-22 Finland Valtteri Bottas
63 United Kingdom George Russell 1-22
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1-22 Netherlands Nyck De Vries
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc 1-22
Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Japan Honda 23 Thailand Alexander Albon 1-22 Switzerland Sebastien Buemi

Russia Daniil Kvyat

33 Netherlands Max Verstappen 1-22
France Renault F1 Team France Renault 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 1-22 China Guanyou Zhou

United Kingdom Jack Aitken

31 France Esteban Ocon 1-22
United Kingdom McLaren Mercedes Germany Mercedes 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 1-22 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne

India Jehan Daruvala

55 Spain Carlos Sainz 1-22
United States Orlen Haas F1 Team Italy Ferrari 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 1-22 India Jehan Daruvala
88 Poland Robert Kubica 1-22
United Kingdom SportPesa Racing Point F1 Germany Mercedes 11 Mexico Sergio Perez 1-22 United Kingdom Jack Aitken
18 Canada Lance Stroll 1-22
Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Japan Honda 10 France Pierre Gasly 1-22 Russia Daniil Kvyat
39 Estonia Juri Vips 1-22
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing Italy Ferrari 7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 1-22 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi

Sweden Marcus Ericsson

25 Russia Robert Shwartzman 1-22
United Kingdom ROKiT Williams Racing Germany Mercedes 78 Denmark Christian Lundgaard 1-22 Brazil Sergio Sette Camara
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 1-22

Driver/team changes Edit

  • Toro Rosso reverted the name change to Alpha Tauri for 2020 since it was largely unpopular with fans.
  • Valtteri Bottas was demoted to Mercedes's third driver after the 2020 season to make way for George Russell getting promoted from Williams. He picked up a Formula E drive with the german team.
  • Ferrari, Racing Point and McLaren kept their lineups for third consecutive years.
  • Red Bull extended the contract with both Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon for another season following a successful 2020 where they took 7 wins and 15 podium finishes beating Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship.
  • Haas fired Romain Grosjean after a 13th consecutive no-point finish at the 2020 Hungarian GP. Robert Kubica rode the rest of the season for them and scored 15 points earning himself a 2021 drive alongside Kevin Magnussen.
  • Antonio Giovinazzi was let go after an unsuccesful 2020 season in which he only scored 9 points compared to teammate Kimi Raikkonen's 37. Alfa Romeo picked up F2 runner-up and Ferrari Academy driver Robert Shwartzman to partner Kimi Raikkonen for 2021.
  • Williams hired Pascal Wehrlein, despite his 3-year absence from the sport, and picked up Christian Lundgaard, who placed 3rd in Formula 2.
  • Toro Rosso retained Pierre Gasly and hired F2 winner Juri Vips to become the first Estonian in Formula 1. Daniil Kvyat became a Red Bull and Toro Rosso test driver and picked up a WRC drive.

Season description Edit

Pre-season Edit

During the tests at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya multiple cars looked good - Mercedes and Red Bull looked like the top teams alongside McLaren, with Ferrari a little bit behind. Alfa Romeo led the midfield along with Renault, and Williams stepped up their game to be a strong midfielder again following horrible 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Round 1 - Australia Edit

Lewis Hamilton looked very strong, taking the first two practice sessions with Max Verstappen stealing the third. Ferrari struggled and barely made the top ten. Renault looked strong with consistent P5s and P6s, and Racing Point looked to be in the worst form taking the last places in 2 of the practice sessions.

Qualifying Edit

Q1 saw the elimination of both Toro Rossos, both Williams and Kubica. In Q2 Renault's work was left useless after Daniel Ricciardo's engine died forcing him into P15. Surprisingly, George Russell didn't make the cut due to Mercedes' miscalculation and had to start 12th, behind Shwartzman but in front of both Racing Points. In Q3 Lewis Hamilton took pole position by just 0.053s over Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon. Leclerc took 6th and Vettel 8th to the disappointment of Ferrari fans. Carlos Sainz took 4th ahead of his teammate, with Hulkenberg slotting between the Ferraris and the top 10 rounded up by Raikkonen and Magnussen in 10th. In post-quali interviews, Hamilton expressed his happiness while the Ferrari drivers complained and Russell was disappointed.

Race Edit

Hamilton had a poor start and was overtaken by both Red Bulls immediately. At turn 3 Lundgaard braked too late and plunged his Williams into Ricciardo's Renault, senidng both cars out of the race. A safety car followed, which ended on lap 5. Leader Verstappen got a good restart, but the same couldn't be said about Albon, who was overtaken by Hamilton for second. An epic battle followed in the next few laps, as the Red Bull and Mercedes cars traded positions. However, in doing so, they allowed the McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz to get closer. Verstappen was the first to box at lap 23, with his advantage of 7 seconds over 2nd Hamilton. Albon and Hamilton both followed into the pits immediately. Sergio Perez, who started the race on mediums and as such hasn't boxed yet, took the lead for a few laps. In the back, Russell struggled to get past Kubica's Haas, but eventually did so through the pits after a long pitstop from the Haas team. Nothing seemed to change throughout most of the Grand Prix, with Verstappen holding a comfortable advantage over Hamilton (who was 3 seconds ahead of Albon). However, on lap 38, Hamilton's engine failed, and he was forced to retire. He was so frustrated he threw his wheel out of the car. This allowed Albon to pass into 2nd, but not comfortably - Sainz's pace on hards was better than Albon's and he soon approached him on lap 45. Albon defended fiercely and didn't let the McLaren pass him for the rest of the race. On lap 48, Shwartzman and Ocon, running in 9th and 10th collided at the end of the main straight. Shwartzman's front wing was ripped off and Ocon suffered a left rear puncture. Both drivers went into the pits to fix the damage, but Shwartzman had his floor broken in the accident and was soon forced to retire on lap 51. Ocon finished the race but took last place. Nothing changed until the race end - Max Verstappen won before Alexander Albon, making it a Red Bull 1-2, and Carlos Sainz from McLaren completed the podium.

Place Driver Team Grid Laps Points Notes
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull 02 58 25
2 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull 03 58 18
3 Spain Carlos Sainz United Kingdom McLaren 04 58 15
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren 05 58 13
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 06 58 10
6 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 08 58 8
7 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Switzerland Alfa Romeo 09 58 6
8 Mexico Sergio Perez United Kingdom Racing Point 13 58 4
9 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso 17 58 2
10 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas 10 58 1
11 United Kingdom George Russell Germany Mercedes 12 58
12 Poland Robert Kubica United States Haas 16 57
13 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point 14 57
14 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Williams 18 57
15 Estonia Juri Vips Italy Toro Rosso 20 57
16 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 07 57
DNF Russia Robert Shwartzman Switzerland Alfa Romeo 11 50 Damage
DNF United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 01 37 Engine
DNF Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 15 0 Collision with LUN
DNF Denmark Christian Lundgaard United Kingdom Williams 19 0 Collision with RIC

Post-race standings Edit

Place Driver Points | Place Team Points
1. Netherlands Max Verstappen 25 1. Austria Red Bull 43
2. Thailand Alexander Albon 18 2. United Kingdom McLaren 28
3. Spain Carlos Sainz 15 3. Italy Ferrari 18
4. United Kingdom Lando Norris 13 4. Switzerland Alfa Romeo 6
5. Monaco Charles Leclerc 10 5. United Kingdom Racing Point 4
6. Germany Sebastian Vettel 8 6. Italy Toro Rosso 2
7. Finland Kimi Raikkonen 6 7. United States Haas 1
8. Mexico Sergio Perez 4 8. Germany Mercedes 0
9. France Pierre Gasly 2 9. United Kingdom Williams 0
10. Denmark Kevin Magnussen 1 10. France Renault 0

Round 2 - Bahrain Edit

Ferrari announced that they would bring a bunch of upgrades to the next Grand Prix. Being ahead in the engine department, they were expected to finish well on a track with lots of straights. An improvement was shown, with Charles Leclerc even winning the 2nd practice session and the duo finishing top5 in the others. Red Bull and McLaren looked great like Australia and Mercedes struggled.

Qualifying Edit

Q1 didnt start well for Juri Vips, who crashed on his first lap losing control of his Toro Rosso at turn 10. After a red flag, Q1 saw the elimination of Vips, Stroll, Perez, Magnussen and Lundgaard. In Q2 the Red Bulls attempted to get through on meds but failed, while McLaren's Carlos Sainz actually managed to do it. Norris topped the session, before Vettel, Albon, Verstappen and Leclerc. The axe fell on Shwartzman, Wehrlein, Raikkonen, Kubica and Pierre Gasly. A five-team Q3 started with Ocon and Ricciardo setting very good laps unleashing some hidden pace, and being ahead of the Red Bulls with Albon leading Max, and the Ferraris, McLarens with Mercedes clearly off the pace of the top 4. On the second course of laps, Sainz was overall faster before Verstappen while surprisingly Renault locked out 2nd row with Ocon in 3rd and Ricciardo 4th. The rest of the grid ended up being Albon, Leclerc, Norris, Vettel, Hamilton and Russell.

Race Edit

Sainz started well and already had a second of an advantage by lap 1, while Max had a terrible start and fell behind the Renaults. Stroll and Magnussen touched which forced the Canadian to pit with a broken front wing. Leclerc took 5th from Albon with DRS at the start of lap 3, and held it for 7 laps despite the clearly faster duo of Albon and Norris in the best cars showcasing his skill. On lap 11 Juri Vips retired stopping on track with an engine issue. A safety car ensued, during which Haas took the risk and pitted Kubica in 13th onto a fresh set of meds, moving to a two-stop strategy. It was a godsend for Stroll, who caught up to the pack. The fresh start negated the advantage of Sainz and the Renaults. It ended on lap 15 and Verstappen in 4th was able to jump Ricciardo, his former teammate. Sainz pulled away from the rest once again, with 2nd to 4th keeping close. Ocon fiercely defended against Verstappen, while Ricciardo kept on Verstappen's tail thanks to Ocon and DRS. Eventually, on lap 27, the inevitable happened - Verstappen went into the back of Ocon sending both cars into a spin. Ricciardo profited and went through to take 2nd, and these two were passed by the following Norris and Albon. Ocon recovered before Verstappen, who was forced to pit with a broken front wing, coming out only 12th, and retiring just 2 laps later. Due to Ocon's damage, he soon folded to Leclerc. In the meantime, McLaren quickly reacted pitting Sainz and getting an almost free pit stop coming out 2nd only to Ricciardo, which effectively cemented Sainz's win. A pit stop battle of Albon and Norris followed, during which Red Bull's amazing crew got a full second faster pit stop (1.87s to 2.89s) and was able to jump McLaren's Norris and take 3rd. Albon soon pulled away. The race ended with Sainz taking a victory by a margin of over 45 seconds. Renault's Ricciardo cruised to 2nd and a bad race for Red Bull ended with 3rd for Albon just over McLaren's Norris. Kubica's two-stopper paid off and on the last lap he overtook the struggling Ocon for 8th.

Place Driver Team Grid Laps Points Notes
1 Spain Carlos Sainz United Kingdom McLaren 01 57 26
2 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 04 57 18
3 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull 05 57 15
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren 07 57 12
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 06 57 10
6 United Kingdom George Russell Germany Mercedes 10 57 8
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 09 57 6
8 Poland Robert Kubica United States Haas 13 57 4
9 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 03 57 2
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 08 57 1
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Switzerland Alfa Romeo 12 57
12 Mexico Sergio Perez United Kingdom Racing Point 18 57
13 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point 19 57
14 Germany Pascal Wehrlein United Kingdom Williams 14 57
15 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso 20 57
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas 17 56
17 Russia Robert Shwartzman Switzerland Alfa Romeo 15 56
18 Denmark Christian Lundgaard United Kingdom Williams 16 56
DNF Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull 02 29 Collision with OCO
DNF Estonia Juri Vips Italy Toro Rosso 20 11 Engine

Round 3 - Vietnam Edit

Following a boring 2020 race won by the dominating Mercedes team with Lewis Hamilton, everyone hoped for a more exciting race in 2021.

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