Formulation 1 2021: From Hamilton vs Verstappen to Schumacher vs Russell, driver rivalries set to dominate upcoming season
We check out the highest driver rivalries that can dominate the upcoming season of Formulation 1.
For the 2021 Formulation 1 season, seven out of the ten groups have a brand new driver line-up — which means whereas a number of drivers are the identical from the earlier seasons, they are going to be racing in numerous equipment. Moreover, there are three drivers making their debut this season. In our ‘what’s new in Formulation 1 in 2021’ column, we highlighted that new driver rivalries will headline this season. Right here’s a take a look at among the many:
Perez-Verstappen vs Hamilton-Bottas
Within the hybrid-turbo period, Purple Bull Racing has hardly ever launched a championship assault towards Mercedes. But it surely’s the one rivalry now we have all been ready for. The pre-season hype coupled with Purple Bull Racing’s type in testing signifies that we might lastly have a Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton battle to observe this season. Might the 2021 Formulation 1 season be the one wherein the previous guard fingers over the baton to the brand new?
The attention-grabbing combine on this battle is Sergio Perez. A Perez vs Hamilton battle has hardly ever been a headline within the sport and this may change in 2021. Whether or not it’s for race wins or to assist Verstappen declare a race win stays to be seen, however 4 drivers battling for podium positions is unquestionably higher than three!
— Formulation 1 (@F1) March 22, 2021
Schumacher vs Russell
The 2 Formulation 2 champions have by no means raced in the identical junior class earlier than. In our highlight story on Schumacher Jr., we cited that emulating George Russell’s profession at Williams could be a great goal for his first season. Given Haas and Williams’ type over the past couple of seasons, there is a excessive chance that the 2 will battle towards one another in qualifying and the race. Each drivers are members of illustrious junior driver applications, Schumacher from Ferrari and Russell from Mercedes, and are waiting-in-line for his or her promotion. So there is a good likelihood that 2021 would solely be the begin to a career-long rivalry between the 2.
Alonso vs Vettel vs Ricciardo vs Leclerc
In Formulation 1’s uber-competitive mid-field, there are 4 groups — Ferrari, Alpine, Mclaren, and Aston Martin. As occurred in 2020, the shape issue between these groups will fluctuate by the season and the battle between the groups’ alpha drivers will probably be entertaining. Fernando Alonso is returning to Formulation 1 after a two-year break. Sebastian Vettel is trying to re-establish himself with Aston Martin. Daniel Ricciardo is out to jot down his underdog story with Mclaren whereas Charles Leclerc will probably be main Ferrari in his third season with the workforce.
And naturally, including to this combine could be their team-mates — Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari), Lando Norris (Mclaren), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin). Aside from the inter-team rivalries, there are additionally intra-team rivalries to observe. Ocon would love to make use of his battles towards Alonso to remind the paddock of his expertise and re-stake his declare for a seat at Mercedes. Likewise, for Lance Stroll — his means towards Vettel will assist rewrite his picture among the many followers. Stroll has been overwhelmed by a team-mate in 4 out of his 5 seasons within the sport. As for Sainz Jr., he could be out to shed the ‘quantity two’ driver tag.
— Formulation 1 (@F1) March 16, 2021
Tsunoda vs Gasly
Yuki Tsunoda’s rise by the ranks of Motorsport has everybody impressed. In solely three years, he’s gone from racing Formulation 3 automobiles to Formulation 1. Clearly, he’s the in-demand expertise within the Purple Bull Racing camp and he will probably be up towards Pierre Gasly, the winner of the Italian Grand Prix from final 12 months. Whereas the 2 will work collectively to maximise probabilities for Alpha Tauri, they are going to be locked in a battle to hunt a promotion to Purple Bull Racing in 2022, ought to the chance come up.
On paper, Tsunoda’s possibilities of promotion to Purple Bull Racing are greater than Gasly’s. Sure, that is regardless of the Japanese driver not having pushed a single aggressive lap in 2021 (it’s extra so due to Gasly’s demotion in 2019 and him being a recognized amount). In any case, Tsunoda is the unproven expertise within the Purple Bull Racing automotive and is towards the mighty Max Verstappen.
Norris vs Ricciardo
Within the mid-field, Mclaren perceivably have the most-intense and evenly matched driver line-up. Amidst the hype of Leclerc, Verstappen, and Russell’s expertise, Norris’ means within the cockpit is usually missed. The younger Briton intently matched Sainz Jr. of their two years collectively at Mclaren. Understandably, Norris’ largest problem will probably be towards the highly-regarded Ricciardo in equal equipment. If matching Sainz Jr. did nicely for Norris’ picture within the sport, matching Ricciardo will solely do extra. And naturally, be careful for Norris-Ricciardo’s off-track antics, too.
Perez vs Albon
Whereas this rivalry gained’t be fought immediately on-track, count on Purple Bull Racing to repeatedly consider Perez’s expertise towards Alexander Albon. On the finish of final season, the British-Thai racer was pressured to surrender race driver duties and settle because the workforce’s reserve driver. Perez’s contract with Purple Bull Racing runs just for the present season so the second seat subsequent to Verstappen remains to be up for grabs! Like we stated earlier than, Tsunoda has an out of doors likelihood, too. However all these combos would exit of the window if Hamilton retires (his contract was prolonged for 2021 solely) and Verstappen jumps ship to Mercedes!
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