The 2021 Formulation One season begins with Apply 1 & 2 on Friday evening and qualifying on Saturday evening, earlier than the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday evening, LIVE on Kayo.
Formulation One makes its approach again to our screens this weekend because the 2021 season kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday evening.
There will probably be new drivers debuting, new groups debuting and new guidelines debuting in addition to all the standard spills and thrills to look out for.
Right here is all the pieces you want to know forward of the brand new season…
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The primary race of the season begins this weekend in Sakhir with the Bahrain Grand Prix, LIVE on Kayo and Fox Sports activities 506.
We are going to get our first glimpse of the drivers in motion throughout Apply 1 on Friday evening, starting at 22.30 (AEDT) earlier than Apply 2 begins at 02.00 (AEDT) Saturday morning. Apply 3 will get underway at 23.00 on Saturday evening, with Qualifying at 02.00 on Sunday morning. Lights out on the race itself is at 02.00 on Monday morning.
Lewis Hamilton (Britain)
With a document 95 race wins and a record-sharing seventh world title, Hamilton has performed what many thought was unimaginable, occupy the identical lofty pedestal as Michael Schumacher. The newly knighted Sir Lewis, who additionally has extra pole positions and podiums than another driver within the championship’s historical past, will now be favorite to earn the correct to be thought-about Formulation One’s GOAT with an eighth title in what could possibly be his swansong.
Valtteri Bottas (Finland)
He has emerged as a lot greater than only a token teammate chasing crumbs off Hamilton’s plate, though he’s nonetheless most of the time ‘quickest on Friday’ follow however not 48 hours later when it issues most. For Hamilton, Bottas “does his speaking on the observe, I’ve an enormous respect for him”. That got here after the Finn had disadvantaged him of pole within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. He has signed, like Hamilton, a one-year contract extension till the tip of this season.
Charles Leclerc (Monaco)
The Monegasque will probably be anticipating a greater season than final, which shouldn’t be exhausting after a misfiring automobile contributed to the group’s worst efficiency in 40 years. He completed eighth, making the rostrum solely twice, and will probably be anxious to forge new and altogether extra optimistic recollections with an improved automobile to capitalise on his prodigious expertise.
Carlos Sainz (Spain)
He changed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso at McLaren and now four-time champion Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari to kind the group’s’ youngest pairing previously 50 years. In Sainz Ferrari really feel they’ve discovered an excellent match for his or her household, pointing to his technical capability, expertise and character. Final time period Sainz got here in sixth, along with his new teammate two locations behind.
Max Verstappen (Netherlands)
Unbridled capability, a razor sharp aggressive streak and streetcar racing nous have contributed to his place as inheritor obvious to Hamilton’s crown. A drop in kind by Pink Bull and Mercedes’ relentless excellence has counted in opposition to his title goals, however a win within the final race of 2020 and powerful kind in testing final week counsel Mercedes might not have issues all their very own approach this time period. Verstappen was better of the remainder to the Mercedes males final time period, with two wins and 11 podiums. An enchancment is on the playing cards, with Honda supplying a brand new engine of their remaining season. It will be one almighty leaving present if the Dutchman was to interrupt Hamilton and his group’s hegemony.
Sergio Perez (Mexico)
Issues regarded bleak for the favored Mexican when it comes to remaining on the grid for 2021 within the run as much as the penultimate race of final season. He was out of contract with Racing Level and with out a win from 189 begins. However he conjured up a stirring maiden victory to earn a name from Pink Bull to exchange Alexander Albon who stays as check driver after an inconsistent first season.
Lando Norris (Britain)
Ninth with 97 factors to Hamilton in his second season in F1 final yr, the 21-year-old Englishman is assured of being greater than a match for his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo after proving an equal accomplice to Ferrari’s new driver Carlos Sainz. He anticipates making ripples within the F1 pool in 2021. “I’m in that earlier part of my profession however I nonetheless must carry out very nicely, and there are not any excuses for me anymore.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia)
The person with the golden smile is relying on McLaren’s upturn in fortunes after a barren spell to assist reignite his profession after a quiet two years with Renault. Beneath the floor of his endearing good nature lurks a fiercely bold streak, which at 31 and after 9 full seasons, is stronger than ever earlier than. His flashy good greatest was dimmed by his under-performing French group over the previous two years. At McLaren, he’ll need to turn out to be higher acquainted with the rostrum after solely two visits previously two seasons.
Fernando Alonso (Spain)
The 2005 and 2006 world champion with Renault returns to his past love after a two-year flirtation with Le Mans, the Dakar Rally and Indy 500. He insists that at 39, a two-year exile, and jaw surgical procedure following a biking accident final month, he’s in the perfect form of his profession. Alonso final fired up an F1 automobile in anger in a McLaren in 2018 however says he’s now a extra full driver after profitable Le Mans twice however failing to win the Indy 500 and emulate Graham Hill by finishing the so-called Triple Crown of profitable the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and Indy 500.
Esteban Ocon (France)
Ocon says he’s eager to relive “that podium feeling” after experiencing it for the primary time when second in Bahrain for the rebranded Renault group. Quick, decided, unafraid of robust battles, and at 24 he’s impatient for his first win within the prime division after graduating as GP3 champion in 2015, proving himself with Manor and Drive India and a yr’s sabbatical ‘on the bench’ at Mercedes.
Yuki Tsunoda (Japan)
If his startling exhibiting in pre-season testing is something to go by this diminutive newcomer is poised to make a sizeable impression on his first season within the quick lane. With solely Max Verstappen in entrance of him Tsunoda outperformed his hero Lewis Hamilton and a number of others to clock the second-best time. On Sunday again at Sakhir, he plans to depart warning within the pits and “push from the beginning. I don’t need to fear about making errors. I simply need to go for it and assault.” The primary Japanese driver to compete in Formulation One since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014 stands at simply 1.59 metres (5ft 3in) and has hit the gymnasium to bulk up after confessing that he “couldn’t even elevate” his head after driving 123 laps in Abu Dhabi testing in December. He was named FIA rookie of final yr after ending third in his debut season with British group Carlin within the Formulation 2 championship.
Pierre Gasly (France)
A yr after demotion from Pink Bull to their sibling group the personable Frenchman conjured up his debut Grand Prix success in a chaotic race at Monza for less than his group’s second ever win. He took time to recuperate from a bruising expertise alongside Verstappen at Pink Bull and the 2016 GP2 champion will probably be eager to construct on final season’s kind. Aged 25 and with innate pace and craft the highway is obvious for him to take pleasure in his greatest season but.
Sebastian Vettel (Germany)
The four-time champion with Pink Bull endured a depressing final season with Ferrari, coming in a humiliating thirteenth within the drivers’ championship. However now the German is again speaking a couple of fifth world title for the rebranded Racing Level group. He concedes he was not at his greatest in 2020, however says he has made peace with that and the winner of 53 Grands Prix, solely Hamilton and Schumacher have received extra, believes he nonetheless has all of the substances to win the championship once more for the well-known British marque returning for the primary time to F1 since 1960.
Lance Stroll (Canada)
The 22-year-old son of group proprietor Lawrence Stroll might have had a cushioned arrival within the sport however his performances have helped silence those that questioned whether or not he deserved his place on the grid on benefit. Uncooked pace, aggressive zeal and a helpful partnership with former teammate Sergio Perez helped produce his first pole place in Istanbul, outpacing Hamilton and firm in treacherous situations. He got here in tenth within the season standings on 74 factors, a tally to construct on this time period.
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)
Hamilton wasn’t the one record-breaker in 2020 with the daddy of the grid beginning a document 323rd race on the Eifel Grand Prix on the Nurburgring. He arrived a fresh-faced 21-year-old at Sauber in 2001, went on to gather the 2007 world title with Ferrari, and now could be having fun with the twilight of his profession along with his first group albeit below a special title. A modest sixteenth place and 4 factors final time period is a goal he’ll take pleasure in eclipsing.
Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy)
He matched his extra illustrious teammate’s factors haul final time period after extending his tenure on the group with a flourish to the tip of an unimpressive opening half to 2019. Runner-up in GP2 to Gasly and may goal at persevering with his progress with a safe midfield place.
Mick Schumacher (Germany)
9 years after dad Michael’s final race the Schumacher title is again on the grid with the F1 legend’s son Mick graduating as Formulation Two champion to drive for Haas. The 22-year-old says he’s proud to observe in his well-known father’s footsteps, however one other son of a world champion has warned of the pressures he should face. “It’s not simple to be the ‘son of’. And with Mick, it’s 10 instances tougher, as a result of Michael’s period was not so way back and he was rather more profitable,” mentioned Nico Rosberg.
Nikita Mazepin (Russia)
The group’s second rookie is the 22-year-old son of billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, a non-executive director of Russian firm Uralkali, the principle title accomplice of the Haas group. He takes his place solely after the group needed to maintain an inner investigation over a social media video seemingly confirmed him making an unsolicited try to the touch a girl’s breast.
George Russell (Britain)
For his second season Russell was tipped for stardom by Mercedes chief Toto Wolff after the 23-year-old stepped in for the COVID-19 quarantining Hamilton in Bahrain, upstaging Valtteri Bottas in Friday follow. He would probably have stolen the present within the race itself just for a bungled pit cease and puncture that left him in ninth. With modified possession, former champion Jenson Button in as a senior advisor, the gifted Russell can method the marketing campaign with loads of optimism.
Nicholas Latifi (Canada)
Like Lance Stroll, the 25-year-old Latifi is the son of a billionaire. In his second season after graduating because the group’s reserve driver final time period and nonetheless looking for his first level.
26-28 March: Bahrain Grand Prix
16-18 April: Italian Grand Prix
30-2 April/Might: Portuguese Grand Prix
7-9 Might: Spanish Grand Prix
20-23 Might: Monaco Grand Prix
4-6 June: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
11-13June: Canadian Grand Prix
25-27 June: French Grand Prix
2-4 July: Austrian Grand Prix
16-18 July: British Grand Prix
30-1 July/August: Hungarian Grand Prix
27-29 August: Belgian Grand Prix
3-5 September: Dutch Grand Prix
10-12 September: Italian Grand Prix
26-26 September: Russian Grand Prix
1-3 October: Singapore Grand Prix
8-10 October: Japanese Grand Prix
22-24 October: US Grand Prix
29-31 October: Mexican Grand Prix
5-7 November: Brazilian Grand Prix
19-21 November: Australian Grand Prix
3-5 December: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
10-12 December: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton 1/2
Max Verstappen 12/5
Valtteri Bottas 14/1
Sergio Perez 16/1
Daniel Ricciardo 33/1
Sebastian Vettel 66/1