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Formula 1: 2021 Season

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Although the 2020 season finished less than a month ago it’s time to get ready for 2021. Let’s take a look at what’s planned for this year:

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12th-14th March - Bahrain International Circuit

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team (2nd March)
- [44] Lewis Hamilton 
- [77] Valtteri Bottas

Red Bull Racing (Launch TBC)
 - [11] Sergio Perez
 - [33] Max Verstappen

McLaren F1 Team (15th February)
 - [3] Daniel Ricciardo
 - [4] Lando Norris

Aston Martin F1 Team (TBC)
 - [5] Sebastien Vettel
 - [18] Lance Stroll

Alpine F1 Team (Launch TBC)
 - [14] Fernando Alonso
 - [31] Esteban Ocon 

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow (10th March)
 - [16] Charles Leclerc
 - [55] Carlos Sainz

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda (19th February)
 - [10] Pierre Gasly
 - [22] Yuki Tsunoda

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen (Launch: February 22nd)
 - [7] Kimi Räikkönen
 - [99] Antonio Giovinazzi

Haas F1 Team (Launch TBC)
 - [9] Nikita Mazepan
 - [47] Mick Schumacher

Williams Racing (5th March)
 - [6] Nicholas Latifi
 - [63] George Russell 

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  • 21 March – Australia (Melbourne)
  • 28 March – Bahrain (Sakhir)
  • 11 April – China (Shanghai)
  • 25 April – TBC (TBC)
  • 9 May – Spain (Barcelona)
  • 23 May – Monaco (Monaco)
  • 6 June – Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • 13 June – Canada (Montreal)
  • 27 June – France (Le Castellet)
  • 4 July – Austria (Spielberg)
  • 18 July – United Kingdom (Silverstone)
  • 1 August – Hungary (Budapest)
  • 29 August – Belgium (Spa)
  • 5 September – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
  • 12 September – Italy (Monza)
  • 26 September – Russia (Sochi)
  • 3 October – Singapore (Singapore)
  • 10 October – Japan (Suzuka)
  • 24 October – USA (Austin)
  • 31 October – Mexico (Mexico City)
  • 14 November – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
  • 28 November – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
  • 5 December – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)

Will keep the above updated as more is available.

I really enjoyed 2020 and hope this season will be another close midfield battle. It would be great if Mercedes can be reigned in a little but given the minimal rule changes this year I think that’s very unlikely. Things I’m looking forward to:

  • Hamilton becoming the (statistically) outright greatest of all time. I’m not a fan but glad he’s the one doing it.
  • The return of Alonso, my all time favourite driver. With the progress of Renault/Alpine I can see him winning a race this year.
  • McLaren continuing their good form and Ricciardo maybe getting back on the top of the podium.
  • More random things happening due to the ongoing pandemic situation. Of course with the avoidance of any harm to people.
  • Schumacher in F1 and hopefully doing well.
  • Mazepan hopefully being gone soon.
  • More great stuff from Russell and the deserved promotion to Mercedes for 2022.

I enjoyed doing the predictions for 2020 and want to continue something. Not sure whether we do something similar to last year of just forum predictions or find a fantasy league to take part in? Any suggestions on that one?

What are you all looking forward to this year?

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Looks like some interesting moves on the calendar are being talked about:

  • Australia being postponed
  • Portugal replacing China
  • Imola replacing Vietnam

It will be a big shame if we don’t get an Australian GP again, if they don’t do it on the proposed slot I really doubt they will do it at all. The other two replacements I think I prefer to the original plans.

Given things seem like they’re going to get worse before they get better I can totally see another jumbled up race calendar, at least in the first half of the year. I almost wish F1 could be like this every year.

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A bit of old news but we have the first car for 2021:

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Nothing particularly unexpected but continues to look great IMO.

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On 2/5/2021 at 12:35 AM, Will said:

I set up a N-Europe Fantasy League for us.

Cool, I think that'll be more fun than predictions as forgetting to play a round won't be such a big deal. Would be interesting to see how this worked previous seasons, is picking Hamilton in your team pretty much essential to be competitive?

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This page seems to have some interesting info on the fantasy scoring. Basically I think you have to choose Hamilton to stand a chance of winning, and then your other drivers need to average better than their regular competitors for where you will specifically finish. Maybe if you average out the mid-field guys you could stand a chance of winning but I think more likely to yield a good result is having Hamilton in there.

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