The 2021 Formula One Season, formally known as the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship is set to be the 72nd season of the FIA Formula One World Championship, awarding titles to the highest scoring driver and constructor. The season is among the most anticipated in F1 history, featuring a major budget cap and the return of Aston Martin as a de jure constructor.[1][2]

The season had also been touted as having a major rulebook change, which would see the reintroduction of "ground-effect" to F1.[1] However, as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rulebook changes were pushed back to the 2022 season.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

Teams and Drivers[edit | edit source]

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C41 P 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen[4] Poland Robert Kubica[5]
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN[6][7] Ferrari[8] 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi[4]
AlphaTauri-Honda AT02 P 10 France Pierre Gasly[9]
Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda[10] Honda 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda[11]
Alpine-Renault A521 P 14 Spain Fernando Alonso[12]
France Alpine F1 Team Renault 31 France Esteban Ocon[13]
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR21 P 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel[14]
United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team[2][15] Mercedes 18 Canada Lance Stroll
Ferrari SF21 P 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc[16] United Kingdom Callum Ilott[17]
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow[6] Ferrari 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr.[18]
Haas-Ferrari VF-21 P 9 ?* Nikita Mazepin[19] Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi[20]
United States Haas F1 Team[6] Ferrari[21] 47 Germany Mick Schumacher[22]
McLaren-Mercedes MCL35M P 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo[23]
United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team[6] Mercedes[24] 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris[25]
Mercedes W12 P 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[26]
Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport[6] Mercedes 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas[27]
Red Bull-Honda RB16B P 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez[28] Thailand Alexander Albon[28]
Austria Red Bull Racing[6] Honda[10] 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen[29]
Williams-Mercedes FW43B P 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi[30] Israel Roy Nissany[31]
United Kingdom Williams Racing[32] Mercedes[33] 63 United Kingdom George Russell[34]
  • * Mazepin will race under a neutral flag after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) extended the World Anti-Doping Agency's ban on athletes competing under a Russian flag. The court also ruled that the ban applied to all FIA-sanctioned World Championships.[35]

Car launch dates[edit | edit source]

Team Car Date Where
McLaren MCL35M 15 February Online
AlphaTauri AT02 19 February TBA
Alfa Romeo C41 22 February Warsaw, Poland
Red Bull RB16B 23 February TBA
Alpine A521 2 March TBA
Mercedes W12 2 March Online
Aston Martin AMR21 3 March TBA
Haas VF-21 4 March (livery) TBA
Williams FW43B 5 March TBA
Ferrari SF21 10 March TBA

Changes from last season[edit | edit source]

Team changes[edit | edit source]

  • On January 2020, Lawrence Stroll, father of Racing Point driver Lance Stroll has bought a 16.7% stake in Aston Martin. The Racing Point team will hence be known as the Aston Martin Racing team.
  • On September 6 2020, the day of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, it was announced that the Renault team will be rebranded as the Alpine team, as part of a restructure practice.

Driver changes[edit | edit source]

Mid-season Changes[edit | edit source]

Team changes[edit | edit source]

Driver changes[edit | edit source]

Season Calendar[edit | edit source]

The races that were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Australian, Chinese and Japanese Grands Prix have returned in the season calendar. The Dutch Grand Prix, supposedly returning in 2020 but was also canceled is also returning to the calendar.

Saudi Arabia is due to host an F1 race for the first time in the city of Jeddah in the form of a street circuit[36].

Following a new 5-year deal, the Brazilian Grand Prix will be renamed as the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

World Championship Schedule[edit | edit source]

Original schedule[edit | edit source]

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix 21 March
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Official Title [[2021 Australian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Albert Park Circuit
Location Australia Melbourne, Australia
Lap distance 5.303 km (3.296 mi)
Race distance 307.574 km (191.158 mi)
Date 21 March Laps 58
Local time 14:10 AEDT UTC 3:10
2 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix 28 March
Sakhir1.png
Official Title [[2021 Bahrain Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Bahrain International Circuit
Location Bahrain Sakhir, Bahrain
Lap distance 5.412 km (3.364 mi)
Race distance 308.238 km (191.571 mi)
Date 28 March Laps 57
Local time 18:10 AST UTC 16:10
3 China Chinese Grand Prix 11 April
ShanghaiCircuit1.png
Official Title [[2021 Chinese Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Shanghai International Circuit
Location China Jiading, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Lap distance 5.451 km (3.388 mi)
Race distance 305.066 km (189.6 mi)
Date 11 April Laps 56
Local time 14:10 CST UTC 07:10
4 Flag of None.png ? TBC 25 April
Official Title TBC
Circuit TBC
Location Flag of None.png ? TBC
Date 25 April Laps
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 9 May
Catalunya2007.png
Official Title [[2021 Spanish Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Location Spain Barcelona, Spain
Lap distance 4.655 km (2.893 mi)
Race distance 307.104 km (190.866 mi)
Date 9 May Laps 66
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 23 May
Circuit Monaco 2007.png
Official Title [[2021 Monaco Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.337 km (2.074 mi)
Race distance 260.286 km (161.769 mi)
Date 23 May Laps 78
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
7 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Grand Prix 6 June
Baku City Circuit.png
Official Title [[2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Baku City Circuit
Location Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
Lap distance 6.003 km (3.731 mi)
Race distance 306.049 km (190.211 mi)
Date 6 June Laps 51
Local time 16:10 AZT UTC 13:10
8 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 13 June
CircuitGillesVilleneuve.png
Official Title [[2021 Canadian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Location Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Lap distance 4.361 km (2.71 mi)
Race distance 296.548 km (184.306 mi)
Date 13 June Laps 70
Local time 14:10 EDT UTC 19:10
9 France French Grand Prix 27 June
Circut Paul Ricard 2018 layout map.png
Official Title [[2021 French Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Le Castellet
Location France Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Lap distance 5.842 km (3.631 mi)
Race distance 309.626 km (192.434 mi)
Date 27 June Laps 53
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
10 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 4 July
Circuit Red Bull Ring.png
Official Title [[2021 Austrian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Red Bull Ring
Location Austria Spielburg, Styria, Austria
Lap distance 4.318 km (2.684 mi)
Race distance 306.452 km (190.461 mi)
Date 4 July Laps 71
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 18 July
SilverstoneArena2010.png
Official Title [[2021 British Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Silverstone
Location United Kingdom Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Lap distance 5.891 km (3.661 mi)
Race distance 306.198 km (190.303 mi)
Date 18 July Laps 52
Local time 14:10 BST UTC 14:10
12 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix 1 August
Hungaroring.svg
Official Title [[2021 Hungarian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Hungaroring
Location Hungary Mogyoród, Hungary
Lap distance 4.381 km (2.723 mi)
Race distance 306.630 km (190.572 mi)
Date 1 August Laps 70
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
13 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 29 August
Track map of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.svg
Official Title [[2021 Belgian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Location Belgium Spa, Belgium
Lap distance 7.004 km (4.353 mi)
Race distance 308.052 km (191.456 mi)
Date 29 August Laps 44
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
14 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 5 September
Official Title [[2021 Dutch Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Circuit Zandvoort
Location Netherlands Zandvoort, Netherlands
Lap distance 4.307 km (2.677 mi)
Race distance TBA km (Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "'". mi)
Date 5 September Laps TBA
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
15 Italy Italian Grand Prix 12 September
Monza2000.png
Official Title [[2021 Italian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location Italy Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Lap distance 5.793 km (3.6 mi)
Race distance 306.720 km (190.628 mi)
Date 12 September Laps 53
Local time 15:10 CEST UTC 14:10
16 Russia Russian Grand Prix 26 September
Russian Grand Prix 2014.png
Official Title [[2021 Russian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Sochi Autodrom
Location Russia Sochi, Russia
Lap distance 5.848 km (3.635 mi)
Race distance 309.745 km (192.508 mi)
Date 26 September Laps 53
Local time 14:10 MSK UTC 12:10
17 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix 3 October
Singapore Street Circuit 2015.svg
Official Title [[2021 Singapore Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Marina Bay Street Circuit
Location Singapore Marina Bay, Singapore
Lap distance 5.063 km (3.147 mi)
Race distance 308.706 km (191.862 mi)
Date 3 October Laps 61
Local time 20:10 SGT UTC 13:10
18 Japan Japanese Grand Prix 10 October
SuzukaCircuit2005.png
Official Title [[2021 Japanese Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Suzuka Circuit
Location Japan Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Lap distance 5.807 km (3.609 mi)
Race distance 307.471 km (191.094 mi)
Date 10 October Laps 53
Local time 14:10 JST UTC 06:10
19 United States United States Grand Prix 24 October
CircuitoftheAmericas2012.png
Official Title [[2021 United States Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Circuit of the Americas
Location United States Austin, Texas, USA
Lap distance 5.513 km (3.426 mi)
Race distance 308.405 km (191.675 mi)
Date 24 October Laps 56
Local time 13:10 CST UTC 19:10
20 Mexico Mexico City Grand Prix 31 October
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 2015.png Official Title [[2021 Mexico City Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Location Mexico Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Lap distance 4.304 km (2.675 mi)
Race distance 305.354 km (189.779 mi)
Date 31 October Laps 71
Local time 13:10 ZCT UTC 19:10
21 Brazil São Paulo Grand Prix 14 November
Interlagos1990.png
Official Title [[2021 São Paulo Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Location Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Lap distance 4.309 km (2.678 mi)
Race distance 305.909 km (190.124 mi)
Date 14 November Laps 71
Local time 14:10 BRT UTC 17:10
22 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 28 November
Official Title [[2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Jeddah Street Circuit
Location Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date 28 November Laps
23 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 5 December
Circuit Yas-Island.svg
Official Title [[2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Yas Marina Circuit
Location United Arab Emirates Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Lap distance 5.554 km (3.452 mi)
Race distance 305.355 km (189.779 mi)
Date 5 December Laps 55
Local time 17:10 GST UTC 13:10

Updated Schedule[edit | edit source]

On January 12, an updated schedule was announced, which saw the Australian Grand Prix being postponed and rescheduled from its original date on March 21 to November 21, following an announcement that the race would have to be postponed due to the country's strict COVID-19 quarantine measures. The Imola circuit makes its return to the calendar, while the Chinese Grand Prix is also postponed to a yet-to-be announced date[37].

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix 28 March
Sakhir1.png
Official Title Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Bahrain International Circuit
Location Bahrain Sakhir, Bahrain
Lap distance 5.412 km (3.364 mi)
Race distance 308.238 km (191.571 mi)
Date 28 March Laps 57
Local time 18:00 AST UTC 15:00
2 Emilia-Romagna Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix 18 April
Imola2010.jpg
Official Title Formula 1 Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna 2021
Circuit Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Location Italy Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Lap distance 4.909 km (3.051 mi)
Race distance 309.049 km (192.075 mi)
Date 18 April Laps 63
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
3 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix 2 May
Autódromo do Algarve alt.svg
Official Title [[2021 Portuguese Grand Prix|]]
Circuit Algarve International Circuit
Location Portugal Portimao, Algarve, Portugal
Lap distance 4.653 km (2.892 mi)
Race distance 307.098 km (190.863 mi)
Date 2 May Laps 66
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 9 May
Catalunya2007.png
Official Title Formula 1 Gran Premio De España 2021
Circuit Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Location Spain Barcelona, Spain
Lap distance 4.655 km (2.893 mi)
Race distance 307.104 km (190.866 mi)
Date 9 May Laps 66
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
5 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 23 May
Circuit Monaco 2007.png
Official Title Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2021
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.337 km (2.074 mi)
Race distance 260.286 km (161.769 mi)
Date 23 May Laps 78
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
6 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Grand Prix 6 June
Baku City Circuit.png
Official Title Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Baku City Circuit
Location Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
Lap distance 6.003 km (3.731 mi)
Race distance 306.049 km (190.211 mi)
Date 6 June Laps 51
Local time 16:00 AZT UTC 12:00
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 13 June
CircuitGillesVilleneuve.png
Official Title Formula 1 Heineken Grand Prix du Canada 2021
Circuit Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Location Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Lap distance 4.361 km (2.71 mi)
Race distance 296.548 km (184.306 mi)
Date 13 June Laps 70
Local time 14:00 EDT UTC 18:00
8 France French Grand Prix 27 June
Circut Paul Ricard 2018 layout map.png
Official Title Formula 1 Grand Prix de France 2021
Circuit Le Castellet
Location France Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Lap distance 5.842 km (3.631 mi)
Race distance 309.626 km (192.434 mi)
Date 27 June Laps 53
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
9 Austria Austrian Grand Prix 4 July
Circuit Red Bull Ring.png
Official Title Formula 1 myWorld Großer Preis Von Österreich 2021
Circuit Red Bull Ring
Location Austria Spielburg, Styria, Austria
Lap distance 4.318 km (2.684 mi)
Race distance 306.452 km (190.461 mi)
Date 4 July Laps 71
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
10 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 18 July
SilverstoneArena2010.png
Official Title Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Silverstone
Location United Kingdom Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Lap distance 5.891 km (3.661 mi)
Race distance 306.198 km (190.303 mi)
Date 18 July Laps 52
Local time 15:00 BST UTC 14:00
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix 1 August
Hungaroring.svg
Official Title Formula 1 Magyar Nagydíj 2021
Circuit Hungaroring
Location Hungary Mogyoród, Hungary
Lap distance 4.381 km (2.723 mi)
Race distance 306.630 km (190.572 mi)
Date 1 August Laps 70
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 29 August
Track map of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.svg
Official Title Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Location Belgium Spa, Belgium
Lap distance 7.004 km (4.353 mi)
Race distance 308.052 km (191.456 mi)
Date 29 August Laps 44
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
13 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 5 September
Circuit Zandvoort.png
Official Title Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Circuit Zandvoort
Location Netherlands Zandvoort, Netherlands
Lap distance 4.307 km (2.677 mi)
Race distance 306.648 km (190.583 mi)
Date 5 September Laps 72
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix 12 September
Monza2000.png
Official Title Formula 1 Heineken Gran Premio D'Italia 2021
Circuit Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location Italy Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Lap distance 5.793 km (3.6 mi)
Race distance 306.720 km (190.628 mi)
Date 12 September Laps 53
Local time 15:00 CEST UTC 13:00
15 Russia Russian Grand Prix 26 September
Russian Grand Prix 2014.png
Official Title Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Sochi Autodrom
Location Russia Sochi, Russia
Lap distance 5.848 km (3.635 mi)
Race distance 309.745 km (192.508 mi)
Date 26 September Laps 53
Local time 15:00 MSK UTC 12:00
16 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix 3 October
Singapore Street Circuit 2015.svg
Official Title Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Marina Bay Street Circuit
Location Singapore Marina Bay, Singapore
Lap distance 5.063 km (3.147 mi)
Race distance 308.706 km (191.862 mi)
Date 3 October Laps 61
Local time 20:00 SGT UTC 12:00
17 Japan Japanese Grand Prix 10 October
SuzukaCircuit2005.png
Official Title Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Suzuka Circuit
Location Japan Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Lap distance 5.807 km (3.609 mi)
Race distance 307.471 km (191.094 mi)
Date 10 October Laps 53
Local time 14:00 JST UTC 05:00
18 United States United States Grand Prix 24 October
CircuitoftheAmericas2012.png
Official Title Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Circuit of the Americas
Location United States Austin, Texas, USA
Lap distance 5.513 km (3.426 mi)
Race distance 308.405 km (191.675 mi)
Date 24 October Laps 56
Local time 14:00 CST UTC 19:00
19 Mexico Mexico City Grand Prix 31 October
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 2015.png Official Title Formula 1 Gran Premio De La Ciudad De México 2021
Circuit Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Location Mexico Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Lap distance 4.304 km (2.675 mi)
Race distance 305.354 km (189.779 mi)
Date 31 October Laps 71
Local time 13:00 ZCT UTC 19:00
20 Brazil São Paulo Grand Prix 7 November
Interlagos1990.png
Official Title Formula 1 Grande Prêmio De São Paulo 2021
Circuit Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Location Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Lap distance 4.309 km (2.678 mi)
Race distance 305.909 km (190.124 mi)
Date 7 November Laps 71
Local time 14:00 BRT UTC 17:00
21 Australia Australian Grand Prix 21 November
Albert Park.png
Official Title Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Albert Park Circuit
Location Australia Melbourne, Australia
Lap distance 5.303 km (3.296 mi)
Race distance 307.574 km (191.158 mi)
Date 21 November Laps 58
Local time 17:00 AEST UTC 6:00
22 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 5 December
Official Title Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Jeddah Street Circuit
Location Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date 5 December Laps
Local time 19:00 AST UTC 16:00
23 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 12 December
Circuit Yas-Island.svg
Official Title Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021
Circuit Yas Marina Circuit
Location United Arab Emirates Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Lap distance 5.554 km (3.452 mi)
Race distance 305.355 km (189.779 mi)
Date 12 December Laps 55
Local time 17:00 GST UTC 13:00

Changes from last season[edit | edit source]

Races not on calendar[edit | edit source]

The Styrian, 70th Anniversary, Tuscan, Eifel, Turkish and Sakhir Grands Prix from 2020 were not repeated, as they were specifically introduced into the 2020 calendar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that as many races as possible could be held.

Races removed from calendar[edit | edit source]

The Vietnamese Grand Prix, set to host its inaugural race in 2020, was dropped from the provisional 2021 calendar, due to corruption charges on Hanoi's People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung, a key official responsible for organizing the race.

Schedule Changes[edit | edit source]

The Dutch Grand Prix has been moved from early in the season to between the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, with the Russian and Singapore Grands Prix swapping places.

Testing[edit | edit source]

Pre-season testing was originally planned to take place at Barcelona from March 2 to 4, but following calendar changes which saw the Australian Grand Prix postponed, teams agreed to host pre-season testing at Bahrain from March 12 to 14[38], two weeks before the season-opening race.

No. Test Circuit Date Report
1 Bahrain 2021 Pre-season Testing Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit 12-14 March 2021 Report

Regulations[edit | edit source]

The 2021 season would see a major overhaul of the technical regulations, following two years of consultations between the FIA, Liberty Media, constructors and drivers following the creation of the FIA Working Group.[39] The main focus of the project was to improve and increase the amount of overtaking in F1, as years of aerodynamic development had made turbulence produced by other cars a major issue.[39] There were also plans to implement a budget cap to control spending, change the rim size of tyres to 18" and increased part standardisation.[40]

Technical[edit | edit source]

The major results of the Working Group's investigations would result in the legalisation of "ground effect", which had been banned in F1's rulebook since 1983.[41] Pirelli, meanwhile, were to implement a new 18" tyre to replace the old 13" that had been F1's standardised tyre size since the 1970s, while teams also agreed to use standardised tyre warmers.[42] The former change was implemented to make F1 more road relevant, increase aerodynamic stability, and for aesthetic considerations, with trials being conducted throughout 2020.[40]

Aerodynamics[edit | edit source]

For 2021 constructors will be allowed to develop the underside of their cars (ie the floor) to make it the main generator of aerodynamic grip via the use of of ground effect.[40] This was combined with heavy restrictions on development of aerodynamic devices on the top side of the car, with simplified front and rear wings as well as restrictions on the development of bargeboards.[40] The study by the FIA Working Group suggested that these changes would reduce the downforce loss from following another car from 45% in 2019 to 14% in 2021.[43]

Bodywork[edit | edit source]

For 2021 all external components of an F1 car must be coated in rubber to help insulate marshals and team engineers from the electrical systems on board each car.[40] Elsewhere, front wings were to be mounted directly to the nosecone, resulting in a lower nose overall, while rear wings were to be mounted higher and with a larger surface area.[40] This was intended to not only make a bigger hole in the air, but also throw the wake from the back of an F1 car higher into the air, creating a larger slipstream effect.[40]

Standardised Parts[edit | edit source]

From 2021 a number of standardised parts will have to be used by F1 teams, designed to reduce budgets, reduce the competitive gap between teams, and tempt more customer-style teams to the series.[40] The main systems to be made universal were the gearbox and fuel system, while the front tray on the floor would also be standardised to restrict development.[40][44] Otherwise, each individual part would fall under one of the following categories:

2021 Part Categories
Category Description Parts
Listed Parts that must be developed by the constructor/entrant themselves. Chassis; Monocoque
Standard Any part that is standardised according to the technical rulebook, with a universal supplier for the entire championship. Gearbox; Fuel system; Halo
Transferable Parts and systems that constructors may develop themselves and then sell to their competitors. Engine; Clutch; Rear suspension
Prescribed Parts that teams must develop themselves but according to a heavily restricted rulebook. Wheel rims
Open-sourced Constructors and entrants may collaborate to develop these parts and they may be sold to other entrants. DRS; Steering wheel
Source:[40]

This classification system was not only intended to outline where and how much a car could be developed, but also ensure that there was some form of base playing field for the 2021 season.[40]

Engines[edit | edit source]

There were plans to change the engine formula in 2021, although this was dropped by the FIA as a result of maintaining costs and a lack of external interest from other major manufacturers.[40]

Sporting[edit | edit source]

The main change for the 2021 season to the sporting rules would be the implementation of a budget cap, albeit one that only applied to the development and performance of the car.[40] There were also to be changes to the race weekend format, designed to make a Grand Prix weekend fit into three days rather than four, as well as extensions to the Parc Ferme rules.[40]

Finances[edit | edit source]

For 2021 a budget cap of $175 million would be implemented, with teams legally required to submit financial material to the FIA to ensure that they do not exceed the limit.[45] Furthermore, this budget cap would be somewhat fluid, with an increase of $1 million planned for each race if the calendar exceeded 21 races, while it would decrease by $1 million should the calendar feature fewer than 21 races.[45] This budget cap, which will be regulated by the new Cost Cap Administration, would be active until 2026, with a variety of penalties able to be enforced should a team break them:

2021 Financial Penalties
Breach Description Potential Penalty
Procedural Late submission or inaccuracy of accounts. Fine (variable)
Minor Overspend Overspend on the cost cap by 5% or less. ibid; Reprimand; Point deduction; Race ban; Testing Limits
Material Overspend Overspend by more than 5% of the cost cap. ibid; Exclusion from the World Championship
Source[45]

The Cost Cap will not, however, apply to an entire constructor/entrant's budget, and is instead focused on restricting development.[45] Elements excluded include marketing budgets, driver and senior staff wages and other non-F1 programmes such as factory supported Heritage teams.[45] Furthermore, there would be a separate cost cap of $15 million for teams selling customer engines, while logistic costs will be monitored separately.[45]

Points[edit | edit source]

The point scoring system would remain unchanged for 2021, and would continue to follow the FIA's standardised system:

2021 FIA Formula One World Championship Points Table
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th FL
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 1

Race Weekend[edit | edit source]

For 2021 the FIA and F1 would eliminate Thursday's schedule of media commitments, which would instead be held on Friday morning.[40] This would result in a more condensed race weekend, while all teams would be required to run a young driver in at least two FP1 sessions across the season.[46] Furthermore, Parc Ferme rules would be implemented from the end of FP3 rather than the end of Q1 in qualifying, in order to reduce the amount of setup work teams could do.[40]

FIA Super Licence[edit | edit source]

The FIA Super Licence would be slightly tweaked for 2021, with a relaxation on restrictions for young drivers running in free practice.[46] Any driver wishing to run in FP1 or 2 would only require an FIA International A Licence in 2021, although it would also be open to any driver who had competed in two or fewer Grand Prix.[46] Each FP1/2 appearance would also grant a driver one SL point if they completed over 100km.[46]

Season Report[edit | edit source]

Season Results[edit | edit source]

Testing[edit | edit source]

Race result[edit | edit source]

Championship Standings[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Videos and Images:

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V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers AlbonFittipaldiIlottKubicaNissany
Cars Alfa Romeo C41AlphaTauri AT02Alpine A521Aston Martin AMR21Ferrari SF21Haas VF-21McLaren MCL35MMercedes W12Red Bull RB16BWilliams FW43B
Tyres Pirelli
Races BahrainImolaPortugalSpainMonacoAzerbaijanCanadaFranceAustriaBritainHungaryBelgiumNetherlandsItalyRussiaSingaporeJapanUnited StatesMexicoSao PauloAustraliaSaudi ArabiaAbu Dhabi
Postponed/Canceled Races China
Tests Bahrain
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