F1 2021 is set to kick off in the last weekend of March — two weeks later than usual, and in Bahrain instead of Australia. The pandemic's still running havoc on the calendar, but at this point, we're just grateful that the races are happening at all. After a particularly eventful offseason, there'll be a lot to keep an eye out for in these coming months. In preparation, we've answered all the questions that you'll inevitably ask sooner or later.
Are there any new races at F1 2021?
A Saudi Arabia grand prix is now on the calendar, apparently for the next decade. However, activists and human rights groups are calling upon drivers to boycott the race due to the country's deplorable human rights record. The GP has been heavily criticized as an attempt at sportswashing.
Is the F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2021 happening?
As of now, the Singapore grand prix is on the 2021 schedule for the first weekend of October. Fingers crossed, the pandemic will be in the rearview by then and we'll get to enjoy one of F1's only street races.
How's Lewis Hamilton doing?
Well, Hamilton's one championship away from number eight now, which would take him past Michael Schumacher and all but solidify his claim as the greatest. It's extremely likely that he makes it happen in 2021 too. This season really isn't one to miss out on.
What about the rest of them? Is the F1 2021 driver line-up different?
Yes, there've been eight driver changes over the off-season.
F1's first Japanese driver
Yuki Tsunoda will debut with Alpha Tauri at the age of 20.
Max Verstappen might finally have some competition
Sergio Perez, whose F1 career was thought to be over, has secured a seat at Red Bull after some clinical finishes across the back end of the 2020 season. As a result, Alex Albon has been demoted to the reserves — no surprises there.
A Schumacher at HAAS
Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher's son Mick is making his F1 debut this year after winning the F2 championship in 2020. He's accompanied by another newcomer in Nikita Mazepin. However, him, we're a lot less excited about. Mazepin's controversial antics have already led to an outcry on social media, with fans calling for his removal using the hashtag #SayNoToMazepin.
The return of a legend
Fernando Alonso is out of retirement and now at Alpine (formerly Renault). He has taken Daniel Ricciardo's seat as the former makes his way to McLaren.
Who's seat did Ricciardo take?
Carlos Sainz. He's now headed to Ferrari.
Well, who's seat did Sainz take?
Sebastian Vettel. He's now at Aston Martin.
Aston Martin has an F1 team now?
The Racing Point team has been rebranded to Aston Martin starting this season. Vettel is taking Sergio Perez's spot, and that's a full circle.
What do the F1 2021 cars look like?
I'm so glad you asked.
How can I catch up on previous F1 seasons?
The Netflix Formula 1: Drive To Survive series is a must-watch, whether you're a fan of racing or simply a fan of drama. Each season of the show covers a year of F1, starting from 2018. The F1 2020 season will soon be available to watch in ten condensed episodes as season three comes out on March 19.
The F1 2021 season will be available to stream on F1TV.