The starting grid is now confirmed for the 2021 Formula 1 season. Small update on transfers.
As 2021 looks like a year of transition in Formula 1, with new technical regulations planned for 2022 and a schedule still shaken up by the Covid, the transfer market turned out to be a real set of musical chairs.
The whole thing was launched in early 2020 by Ferrari’s decision not to renew Sebastian Vettel’s contract. The latter therefore found refuge at Racing Point, now Aston Martin. To succeed him at Ferrari, Carlos Sainz left his McLaren seat and was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo, from Renault. On the side of Renault precisely, now Alpine, Fernando Alonso is making his comeback, alongside Esteban Ocon.
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At Red Bull, Alex Albon’s performance disappointed; he is replaced by Sergio Pérez. Daniil Kvyat is also pushed towards the exit and gives way to Yuki Tsunoda, protected from Honda. Finally, the Haas team, in financial difficulties, called on the services of the wealthy Nikita Mazepin, and Ferrari driver Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son.
And since the signing of Lewis Hamilton’s new contract at Mercedes last Monday, the grid is now complete. Here is the list of drivers for each team:
Mercedes : Lewis Hamilton – Valtterri Bottas
Red Bull : Max Verstappen – Sergio Pérez
Mclaren : Daniel Ricciardo – Lando Norris
Aston Martin : Sebastian Vettel – Lance Stroll
Alpine : Fernando Alonso – Esteban Ocon
Ferrari : Charles Leclerc – Carlos Sainz Jr.
ATlpha Tauri : Pierre Gasly – Yuki Tsunoda
Alfa romeo : Kimi Räikkönen – Antonio Giovinazzi
Haas : Mick Schumacher – Nikita Mazepin
Williams : George Russell – Nicholas Latifi