Formulation 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen battle, 5 GP winners and extra — F1 predictions for brand new season

Formulation 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen battle, 5 GP winners and extra — F1 predictions for brand new season

Listed below are a few of our predictions for the brand new Formulation 1 season which kickstarts with Bahrain GP.

Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen battle, five GP winners and more — F1 predictions for new season

File picture of Lewis Hamilton. AP

The primary race weekend of the 2021 Formulation 1 season is underway in Bahrain and as with each season, listed here are a few of our predictions for the yr.

Championship battle

After all, each season in Formulation 1 delivers a championship battle. However the important thing query at all times has been – who’re the title protagonists? Within the hybrid-turbo period, the battle has both been between the 2 Mercedes drivers or between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Nonetheless, within the final couple of seasons after Vettel-Ferrari pale away, Hamilton has been virtually unchallenged in his title quest (Sorry, Valtteri!).

In 2021, we predict that the battle of the 2 generations, Hamilton vs Verstappen, will lastly be at play. Our perception is fueled by three components – first, Crimson Bull Racing-Honda’s strong buildup to the primary race. Second, Hamilton-Mercedes’ struggles by the pre-season take a look at. And third, the reported discomfort between the World Champions over their most-recent contract extension.

Sure, Mercedes has the expertise and may of their operation to get well from their shaky pre-season type, however there’s no denying that they are going to arrive on the first race of the season on the back-foot. As for Crimson Bull Racing-Honda, they’ve had their finest pre-season in years and can have momentum on their facet. By the top of the qualifying hour in Bahrain, we are going to get much more perception into how this battle will evolve by the season. And since we’re sticking our neck out, we choose Max Verstappen to say the Drivers’ Championship in 2021.

 

Finest of the remainder

Simply in case the Crimson Bull Racing vs Mercedes rivalry doesn’t present up (prefer it didn’t within the final a number of seasons), we are able to assure that the mid-field is the place the motion will probably be. In reality, pre-season testing signifies, and it might be a false indication, that Alpha Tauri and Alfa Romeo Racing will be a part of the likes of Ferrari, Mclaren, Aston Martin and Alpine within the mid-field this season. That’s 12 drivers, together with the likes of Alonso, Vettel, Ricciardo and a number of other different proficient ones, combating for positions from P5 until P17.

The mid-field driver rivalries will headline in 2021, simply as we wrote in our earlier column the place we explored ‘whats new in 2021’. There are a number of team-driver reputations at stake: Alpine-Alonso and Vettel-Aston Martin, extra particularly. Additionally, the mid-field groups have different approaches to the season. Alpine are sticking to their energy unit designs from 2020 whereas Honda (powering Alpha Tauri) and Ferrari have fully new energy models for the season. Within the case of Honda, they’ve really superior their 2022 energy unit for use in 2021. Aston Martin’s ‘Mercedes strategy’ delivered good ends in 2020 (once they raced as Racing Level) and they’ll proceed down an analogous path this season, too.

Probably the most-exciting within the mid-field needs to be Mclaren and their reunion with Mercedes. The group that clinched the ‘better of the remainder’ (third place within the Constructors’ Championship) final season can have the championship-winning energy models of their automobiles from 2021. Their feat was much more spectacular given the truth that they didn’t have the third quickest bundle. For 2021, we predict that Mclaren-Mercedes would be the ‘better of the remainder’ by a cushty margin.

5 Grand Prix winners

Expectedly, each the Crimson Bull Racing and Mercedes drivers will rating wins in 2021 – bringing the tally of race winners to 4. Nonetheless, we predict we can have a shock winner in 2021. The shock may not be as large as Pierre Gasly successful the Italian Grand Prix final yr in his Alpha Tauri, however will probably be a shock nonetheless.

Mick Schumacher will not rating some extent 

For the Schumacher followers on the market, this one is a disappointing prediction, little doubt. However such a no-score might be all the way down to Haas’ racing automotive for 2021 than the reigning Formulation 2 champion’s expertise. Nonetheless, scoring factors isn’t the one option to shine, as proved by George Russell. We count on Schumacher to shine in qualifying or within the few probabilities that may come his method by the 23-race calendar.

Out of the three rookies making their debut in Formulation 1 in 2021, we predict that Alpha Tauri’s Yuki Tsunoda will probably be voted because the ‘finest rookie’ of the season. His performances will probably be a perform of his Honda-powered race automotive and expertise.

Alonso-Vettel redemption

Each the previous World Champion drivers are out to hunt redemption in 2021. Alonso, returning with Alpine, will showcase why he’s nonetheless the most effective drivers in Motorsport. Nonetheless, we predict that he gained’t end within the top-10 within the Drivers’ Championship. As for Vettel, he’ll regain his outdated self at Aston Martin and handle a top-8 end.

No world champion will retire 

In 2021, 4 World Champions will race in Formulation 1 – Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen. Of those 4, two have contracts that expire on the finish of the season – Hamilton and Raikkonen. Nonetheless, we predict that each drivers will proceed racing in Formulation 1 in 2022. In reality, we don’t count on as many driver adjustments in 2022 as we’ve seen in 2021. However for the motive force adjustments that can happen, we predict that they are going to be big-ticket promotions.

COVID-19 will affect Formulation 1 

After efficiently co-existing with COVID-19 in 2020, Formulation 1 will try and execute its longest calendar in historical past ever in 2021. We count on the game to proceed to be impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We predict that the primary affect will probably be seen on the calendar with at the least just a few rounds being changed or cancelled. The opposite affect will probably be on the drivers and different group personnel and right here’s hoping that everybody is ready to race safely on and off observe.

Jehan Daruvala – top-3 in Formulation 2

Final week, we spoke to Indias lone Formulation 2 racer Jehan Daruvala relating to his season preparations. The Crimson Bull Junior Driver will race within the sequence for the second yr in succession. He listed Robert Shwartzman, Christian Lungaard and Dan Ticktum as his key title rivals. We predict that Jehan will end the season within the top-3 of the championship and earn himself a spot within the Formulation 1 younger drivers’ take a look at on the finish of the season.

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