2021 Formula One World Championship

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The 2021 Formula One World Championship was the 72nd season of the Formula One World Championship. The motor racing championship is the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars.

Entries[change | change source]

The following constructors and drivers were under contract to compete in the 2021 World Championship. All teams competed with tyres supplied by Pirelli. Each team was required to enter at least two drivers, one for each of the two mandatory cars.

Teams and drivers that competed in the 2021 World Championship
Entrant Constructor[1] Chassis Power unit Race drivers
No. Driver name Rounds
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C41[2] Ferrari 065/6[3] 7
88
99
Finland Kimi Räikkönen[a]
Poland Robert Kubica
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
1–13, 15–22
13–14
All
Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri-Honda AT02[4] Honda RA621H[5] 10
22
France Pierre Gasly
Japan Yuki Tsunoda
All
All
France Alpine F1 Team[6] Alpine-Renault A521[7] Renault E-Tech 20B[8] 14
31
Spain Fernando Alonso
France Esteban Ocon
All
All
United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team[9] Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR21[10] Mercedes-AMG F1 M12[11] 5
18
 Sebastian Vettel
Canada Lance Stroll
All
All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow[b] Ferrari SF21[13] Ferrari 065/6[14] 16
55
Monaco Charles Leclerc
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
All
All
United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team[15] Haas-Ferrari VF-21[16] Ferrari 065/6[17] 9
47
Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin[c][d]
 Mick Schumacher
All
All
United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren-Mercedes MCL35M[19] Mercedes-AMG F1 M12[20] 3
4
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom Lando Norris
All
All
 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12[21] Mercedes-AMG F1 M12[22] 44
77
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Finland Valtteri Bottas
All
All
Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16B[23] Honda RA621H[24] 11
33
Mexico Sergio Pérez
Netherlands Max Verstappen
All
All
United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes FW43B[25] Mercedes-AMG F1 M12[26] 6
63
Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom George Russell
All
All
Sources:[12][27]

Free practice drivers[change | change source]

Across the season, five drivers drove as a test or third driver in free practice sessions. Callum Ilott and Robert Kubica drove for Alfa Romeo Racing at two and three Grands Prix respectively, while Roy Nissany and Jack Aitken drove for Williams at three Grands Prix and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, respectively.[12] Zhou Guanyu drove for Alpine at the Austrian Grand Prix.[12]

Team changes[change | change source]

McLaren announced that they would change from using Renault power units to ones built by Mercedes, resuming the McLaren-Mercedes partnership that ran between 1995 and 2014.[28] Racing Point became known as Aston Martin. The name change was brought about by the team's part owner Lawrence Stroll investing in the Aston Martin marque.[29] Renault became known as Alpine, taking on the name of Renault's sportscar brand.[6]

Driver changes[change | change source]

Mick Schumacher made his Formula One debut with Haas.
Nikita Mazepin (left) made his Formula One debut with Haas replacing Kevin Magnussen (right), who was Haas's reserve and test driver for the 2021 season.

Four-time World Drivers' Champion Sebastian Vettel left Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Championship after racing with the team for six seasons.[30] Vettel's seat was taken by Carlos Sainz Jr., who had left McLaren.[31] Daniel Ricciardo moved from Renault to McLaren, where he replaced Sainz.[32] Ricciardo was replaced by double World Champion Fernando Alonso, who drove in Alpine's first season, having last raced in 2018 for McLaren.[33]

Vettel moved to Aston Martin, where he replaced Sergio Pérez.[34][35] Pérez, who had previously signed a contract to drive for Aston Martin's predecessor, Racing Point, until 2022,[36] moved to Red Bull Racing where he replaced Alex Albon, who was Red Bull Racing's reserve and test driver for the 2021 season.[37] Pérez became the first driver since Mark Webber in 2007 to join the team without being previously a Red Bull Junior Team member.[38]

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, who had raced for Haas since 2016 and 2017 respectively, left the team at the end of 2020.[39] 2020 Formula 2 Champion Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, took one of the seats at the team[40] while the other was filled by Nikita Mazepin, who finished fifth in the Formula 2 Championship.[41][42]

Yuki Tsunoda, who finished third in 2020 Formula 2 Championship, graduated to Formula One with Scuderia AlphaTauri, replacing Daniil Kvyat, who moved to Alpine as their reserve driver.[43] Tsunoda became the first Japanese Formula One driver since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014.[44]

Mid-season changes[change | change source]

During the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, Kimi Räikkönen tested positive for coronavirus.[45] He was replaced at Alfa Romeo Racing by reserve driver Robert Kubica, who last raced at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, driving for Williams.[46] Räikkönen was also replaced by Kubica at the subsequent Italian Grand Prix.[47]

Nikita Mazepin did not take part in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to positive of coronavirus tests. Haas only fielded one car at the event, rather than replacing Mazepin by reserve driver Kevin Magnussen.

Grands Prix results[change | change source]

Round Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
2 Italy Emilia Romagna Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
3 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix Finland Valtteri Bottas Finland Valtteri Bottas United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
5 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Charles Leclerc United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
6 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Grand Prix Monaco Charles Leclerc Netherlands Max Verstappen Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
7 France French Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen Netherlands Max Verstappen Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
8 Austria Styrian Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
9 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen Netherlands Max Verstappen Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
10 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton France Pierre Gasly France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault Report
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen None Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
13 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen[e] Australia Daniel Ricciardo Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
15 Russia Russian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
16 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Finland Valtteri Bottas[f] Finland Valtteri Bottas Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Report
17 United States United States Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
18 Mexico Mexico City Grand Prix Finland Valtteri Bottas Finland Valtteri Bottas Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
19 Brazil São Paulo Grand Prix Finland Valtteri Bottas Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
20 Qatar Qatar Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Netherlands Max Verstappen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
21 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
22 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Netherlands Max Verstappen Netherlands Max Verstappen Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda Report

World Drivers' Championship standings[change | change source]

Pos. Driver BHR
Bahrain
EMI
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
AZE
Azerbaijan
FRA
France
STY
Austria
AUT
Austria
GBR
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
TUR
Turkey
USA
United States
MXC
Mexico
SAP
Brazil
QAT
Qatar
SAU
Saudi Arabia
ABU
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 2P 1 2 2F 1 18daggerF 1PF 1P 1PF Ret1 P 9 1P 1P Ret2 P 2 2 1P 1 22 2F 2 1PF 395.5
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1 2PF 1 1P 7F 15 2 2F 4 12 2P 3 2F Ret 1 5 2F 2 1 1P 1PF 2 387.5
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 3F Ret 3PF 3 Ret 12 4 3 2 33 Ret 12 3 31 5 1PF 6 15PF 31 P Ret 3 6 226
4 Mexico Sergio Pérez 5 11 4 5 4 1 3 4 6 16F Ret 19 8 5 9 3 3 3 4F 4 Ret 15dagger 190
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 8 5 11 7 2 8 11 6 5 6 3 10 7 6 3 8 7 6 63 7 8 3 164.5
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris 4 3 5 8 3 5 5 5 3 4 Ret 14 10 2 7PF 7 8 10 10 9 10 7 160
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc 6 4 6 4 DNSP 4P 16 7 8 2 Ret 8 5 4 15 4 4 5 5 8 7 10 159
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 7 6 9 6 12 9 6 13 7 5 11 4 11 13 F 4 13 5 12 Ret 12 5 12 115
9 France Pierre Gasly 17dagger 7 10 10 6 3 7 Ret 9 11 5F 6 4 Ret 13 6 Ret 4 7 11 6 5 110
10 Spain Fernando Alonso Ret 10 8 17 13 6 8 9 10 7 4 11 6 8 6 16 Ret 9 9 3 13 8 81
11 France Esteban Ocon 13 9 7 9 9 Ret 14 14 Ret 9 1 7 9 10 14 10 Ret 13 8 5 4 9 74
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 15 15dagger 13 13 5 2 9 12 17dagger Ret DSQ 5 13 12 12 18 10 7 11 10 Ret 11 43
13 Canada Lance Stroll 10 8 14 11 8 Ret 10 8 13 8 Ret 20 12 7 11 9 12 14 Ret 6 11 13 34
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 9 12 15 Ret 16 7 13 10 12 10 6 15 Ret DNS 17 14 9 Ret 15 13 14 4 32
15 United Kingdom George Russell 14 Ret 16 14 14 17dagger 12 Ret 11 12 8 2 17dagger 9 10 15 14 16 13 17 Ret Ret 16
16 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 11 13 Ret 12 11 10 17 11 15 15 10 18 WD 8 12 13 8 12 14 15 Ret 10
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi 18dagger Ret 18 16 15 16 18 17 16 14 7 9 16 11 19dagger 17 15 17 16 Ret 12 Ret 7
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 12 14 12 15 10 11 15 15 14 13 13 13 14 13 16 11 11 11 14 15 9 Ret 3
19 Germany Mick Schumacher 16 16 17 18 18 13 19 16 18 18 12 16 18 15 Ret 19 16 Ret 18 16 Ret 14 0
20 Poland Robert Kubica 15 14 0
21 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin Ret 17 19 19 17 14 20 18 19 17 Ret 17 Ret Ret 18 20 17 18 17 18 Ret WD 0
Pos. Driver BHR
Bahrain
EMI
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
AZE
Azerbaijan
FRA
France
STY
Austria
AUT
Austria
GBR
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
TUR
Turkey
USA
United States
MXC
Mexico
SAP
Brazil
QAT
Qatar
SAU
Saudi Arabia
ABU
United Arab Emirates
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Notes:

  • dagger – Driver did not finish the Grand Prix but was classified, as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.
  • double-dagger – Half points were awarded at the Belgian Grand Prix as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed. Fastest laps were not recognised in the final classification.

Non-championship race[change | change source]

Date Grand Prix Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
11 July Netherlands Assen Grand Prix Assen Netherlands Max Verstappen[g] Finland Valtteri Bottas Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari Report
  1. Kimi Räikkönen was entered into the Dutch Grand Prix, but later withdrew after testing positive for coronavirus.
  2. Ferrari entered round 1 as "Scuderia Mission Winnow Ferrari", rounds 2–6, 15, 17–22 as "Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow", and rounds 7–14, 16 as "Scuderia Ferrari".[12]
  3. Nikita Mazepin is Russian, but he competed as a neutral competitor using the designation RAF (Russian Automobile Federation), as the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a ban on Russia competing at World Championships. The ban was implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency in response to state-sponsored doping program of Russian athletes.[18]
  4. Nikita Mazepin was entered into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but later withdrew after testing positive for coronavirus.
  5. Valtteri Bottas finished first in sprint qualifying, but was required to start the race from the back of the grid for exceeding his quota of power unit elements. Max Verstappen was promoted to pole position in his place.[48]
  6. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in qualifying, but received a ten-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of internal combustion engines.[49] Valtteri Bottas was promoted to pole position in his place.[50]
  7. Max Verstappen set the fastest time in qualifying, but did not start the race after he tested positive of coronavirus. Pole position was left vacant on the grid. Valtteri Bottas, in the second slot, was the first driver on the grid. Verstappen is still considered to have held pole position.[51]

Notes[change | change source]

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