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Looking ahead to F1 in 2021

Driver line-up:

Team Drivers (number)
Mercedes Unconfirmed (as of Jan01) but surely it will be Sir Lewis Hamilton (44) Valtteri Bottas (77)
Red Bull Max Verstappen (33) Sergio Perez (11)
Ferrari Charles Leclerc (16) Carlos Sainz (55)
McLaren Daniel Ricciardo (3) Lando Norris (4)
Renault Alpine Fernando Alonso Esteban Ocon (31)
AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly (10) Yuki Tsunoda
Racing Point Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel (5) Lance Stroll (18)
Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen (7) Antonio Giovinazzi (99)
Haas Mick Schumacher Nikita Mazepin
Williams George Russell (63) Nicholas Latifi (6)

2020 drivers without a 2021 race seat:

  • Alexander Albon (23)
  • Daniil Kvyat (26)
  • Kevin Magnussen (20)
  • Romain Grosjean (8)


Date Location
Mar21 Australia (Melbourne) postponed to Nov21
Mar28 Bahrain (Sakhir)
Apr11 Apr18 China (Shanghai) replaced by Italy (Imola)
Apr25 May02 TBC Portugal (Portimao)
May09 Spain (Barcelona)
May23 Monaco
Jun06 Azerbaijan (Baku)
Jun13 Canada (Montreal)
Jun27 France (Le Castellet)
Jul04 Austria (Spielberg)
Jul18 Britain (Silverstone)
Aug01 Hungary (Hungaroring)
Aug29 Belgium (Spa)
Sep05 Netherlands (Zandvoort)
Sep12 Italy (Monza)
Sep26 Russia (Sochi)
Oct03 Singapore (Marina Bay)
Oct10 Japan (Suzuka)
Oct24 USA (Austin)
Oct31 Mexico (Mexico City)
Nov14 Nov07 Brazil (Sao Paulo)
Nov21 Australia (Melbourne) postponed from Mar21
Nov28 Dec05 Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
Dec05 Dec12 Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

TBC: “Imola is frontrunner to fill vacant slot” – Imola date now Apr18 and May02 still TBC.

New rules
There are some big changes coming for the 2022 season, so there aren’t many changes for 2021

  • Teams must now operate within strict limits on spending. A cost cap of $145 million has come into effect, though there are exceptions to this, including driver salaries and marketing costs.
  • Friday’s practice sessions will now last 60 minutes each instead of 90, cutting teams’ track time before qualifying from four hours to three.
  • In order to curb potential increases in downforce, some new aerodynamic restrictions have been imposed. These include a reduction in the size of the floor ahead of the rear wheels.

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  1. And already… “The Australian Grand Prix is likely to be postponed due to concerns over Covid-19, forcing a delay to the start of the 2021 F1 season.” “Construction of the temporary circuit must begin before the end of January in order for the race to go ahead as scheduled. A decision on whether the grand prix will go ahead in March therefore needs to be taken within the next two weeks. Ticket sales have not begun for the March race.”

    1. “The F1 schedule retains a record 23 races, but the 2021 season will now start a week later with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28, with the Australian Grand Prix moving later in the year. Due to the ongoing travel restrictions in place the 2021 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place on its planned date, with Imola returning to the F1 calendar in that slot.”

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