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Sport Formula 1 drivers and teams 2021: Aston Martin returns, Renault rebrands for new F1 season

20:47  27 january  2021
20:47  27 january  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The 2021 Formula 1 driver grid is almost ready for lights out.

While there's one seat left up for grabs this year — really, a mere formality at this point — the F1 driver field is just about set for the next season of Formula 1 racing.

Currently, the last empty seat belongs to Team Mercedes, but it's widely expected that Lewis Hamilton will return behind the wheel of a car come the 2021 season. Team principal Toto Wolff recently said that the two sides are still negotiating, and that certain "curveballs" have been thrown into the process to strike a deal.

Red Bull's Christian Horner mulled the decision as to who would be Max Verstappen's partner heading into the 2021 season, with rumor making its way to truth, as Sergio Perez, formerly of Racing Point, makes the move over to Red Bull. Alex Albon is without a team and a car for this upcoming year.

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Both fortunately and unfortunately, the extremely entertaining duo of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz has been split, with Sainz taking up a seat next to Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari. Longtime Ferrari racer Sebastian Vettel heads to Aston Martin, formerly Racing Point, in 2021.

Here's what you need to know about the F1 field in 2021:

F1 drivers 2021

There are eight drivers set to either make their debuts for either F1 or a new team this upcoming season.

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Team Driver 2020 points (Finish) Team debut
Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen 4 (16th) 2019
Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi 4 (17th) 2018
AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly 75 (10th) 2017
AlphaTauri Yuki Tsunoda N/A 2021
Alpine Esteban Ocon 62 (12th) 2020
Alpine Fernando Alonso N/A 2021
Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel 33 (13th) 2021
Aston Martin Lance Stroll 75 (11th) 2019
Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jr. 105 (Sixth) 2021
Ferrari Charles Leclerc 98 (Eighth) 2019
Haas Mick Schumacher N/A 2021
Haas Nikita Mazepin N/A 2021
McLaren Daniel Ricciardo 119 (Fifth) 2021
McLaren Lando Norris 97 (Ninth) 2019
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas 223 (Second) 2017
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 347 (First) 2013
Red Bull Max Verstappen 213 (Third) 2016
Red Bull Sergio Perez 125 (Fourth) 2021
Williams Nicholas Latifi 0 (21st) 2020
Williams George Russell 3 (18th) 2019

Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign a contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season, but it's widely expected that he'll do so before the start of the season.

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There are also several drivers without a seat who raced full time in 2020: Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Romain Grosjean (Haas), Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) and Alex Albon (Red Bull) are currently without a car. Albon was replaced by Sergio Perez, who had an excellent year alongside Lance Stroll in 2020.

Formula 1 teams 2021

The field is largely the same for 2021, with a few teams going through a commercial rebrand.

  • Alfa Romeo
  • AlphaTauri
  • Alpine (formerly known as Renault)
  • Aston Martin (formerly known as Racing Point)
  • Ferrari
  • Haas
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes
  • Red Bull
  • Williams

Renault will now be known as Alpine and Racing Point is bringing Aston Martin back into the F1 fold with a commercial rebrand.

Williams Racing will maintain the same mantle after the midseason sale by Claire Williams.

The January spending table: West Ham spent more than LaLiga COMBINED .
A subdued January transfer window provided some late drama on the last day as Southampton and Everton signed two attackers while Liverpool completed a late trolly dash for two centre-backs. Across January itself though, clubs were cautious with the Covid-19 pandemic mostly forcing managers to stick with what they've got for the remainder of the campaign.Aside from the final day, the most notable deals saw Aston Villa sign Morgan Sanson from Marseille in a £14m deal, West Ham turn Said Benrahma's move into a permanent deal for £20m and Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard join Arsenal on loan.

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