Formula 1: This Is Your 2021 Team And Driver Line-up


Formula 1: This Is Your 2021 Team And Driver Line-up

We are on the cusp of what could be the closest fought Formula 1 Championship of the modern turbo-hybrid era. With all 10 teams seemingly better prepared for this year’s challenge than they were in pandemic-stricken 2020, pre-season testing has shown that title defenders Mercedes-AMG will have it tougher than ever in 2021.

With a packed 23-race F1 calendar set for the 2021 season, including the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, every team will have their jobs cut out for them in this crucial but transitional year before a monumental change in rulesets take effect in 2022.

Alongside, the introduction of budget caps and sliding-scale aerodynamic testing hours are aimed to give smaller teams the necessary resources to catch up to the front runners, and make the racing even closer. 

When 'the lights go out' - its all to play for in 2021, so here's your lineup of cars and drivers:

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team W12

Though the current-champions got off to a rocky start in pre-season testing, Mercedes said that they are satisfied with their pre-season testing programme. Though we know it's always a case of improving on perfection with regards to how untouchable Mercedes is on the grid (and their ability to sandbag opponents), this season will be its toughest yet.

  • Chassis: W12
  • Power unit: Mercedes
  • Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren F1 Team MCL35M

2021 marks the return of a partnership between McLaren and Mercedes after these two powerhouses of F1 parted ways in 2014. The MCL35M proved sublime during pre-season testing even though the team had to adapt an entirely new engine to the previous (MCL35) chassis. All eyes will be on McLaren as they try to improve on last year’s 3rd position in the constructor’s standings

  • Chassis: MCL35M
  • Power unit: Mercedes
  • Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris

Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing RB16B

Red Bull has emerged as the team to beat after pre-season testing. With a flawless test program at Bahrain and the cars seemingly whipping out the fastest lap times on a whim, this just could be Red Bull’s year to the big dance. A major contributor to the car’s overall pace has been its phenomenal aero updates and the monumental improvements Honda has achieved with the power unit.

  • Chassis: RB16B
  • Power unit: Honda
  • Drivers: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow

Scuderia Ferrari SF21

Ferrari comes into 2021 with a comprehensively revised aero package, upgraded rear suspension and a more powerful engine. Pre-season testing has been positive but it remains to be seen if Ferrari will rejoin the top-flight teams in 2021.

  • Chassis: SF21
  • Power unit: Ferrari
  • Drivers: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz

Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team

Aston Martin Cognizant F1 AMR21

Though the AMR21 suffered from some engine and electrical problems in pre-season testing – the team have said they have found a way past the teething issues and will be charging hard with “newcomer” Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel.

  • Chassis: AMR21
  • Power unit: Mercedes
  • Drivers: Sebastien Vettel and Lance Stroll

Alpine F1 Team

Alpine F1 Team A521

Though Alpine had no major highlights during pre-season testing, the team pretty much achieved all its objectives and has good reason to believe its Renault-engined A521 is up to the task. The team was also hard at work testing out different aero packages to fine-tune its setup and strategy.

  • Chassis: A521
  • Power unit: Renault
  • Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AT02

AlphaTauri has emerged as a possible front-runner in the 2021 season. With a well-oiled team, superb aero improvements made in the off-season (proven during pre-season testing) and sporting the latest-generation Honda engine, the team could emerge as the best of the midfield or take the fight directly to the top 3 teams.

  • Chassis: AT02
  • Power unit: Honda
  • Drivers: Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen C41

No other team racked up as many laps in pre-season testing as Alfa Romeo. Though development work has been modest in the off-season, the team can feel confident about the overall reliability of its Ferrari-engined C41 car and its experienced driver lineup.

  • Chassis: C41
  • Power unit: Ferrari
  • Drivers: Kimi Raikonnen and Antonio Giovinazzi

Williams Racing

Williams Racing FW43B

Williams has had some challenges with its aero package (especially in windy sections of a track), but with power coming from a monstrous Mercedes power unit and uber-fast George Russel at the wheel, they can still count on some good finishes in the season.

  • Chassis: FW43B
  • Power unit: Mercedes
  • Drivers: George Russel and Nicholas Latifi

Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 VF21

With no major developments planned for the 2021 season, this will be a year of attrition for Haas, who will be looking to make the most of out every start - though the team can still count on performance improvements of its Ferrari power unit. 2021 also sees the return of a hallowed surname with Haas.

  • Chassis: VF-21
  • Power unit: Ferrari
  • Drivers: Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin