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The 2021 Formula 1 season has a very interesting driver lineup

We’ll see if these people made the right career choices

This year's driver changes will certainly bring spice to the 2021 Formula 1 season. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

It’s confirmed. The other seat for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team for the 2021 Formula 1 season has been filled up, and it’s no less than Lewis Hamilton himself (of course). And with that, the driver lineup for this year’s championship is finally complete. Here’s what it looks like.

Fed up with this guy? Expect to see more of him on the podium this year. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES F1


  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Valterri Bottas

Interestingly, Hamilton’s contract is only good for one year in the driver’s ninth season with Mercedes. There are no talks yet of what will happen afterward, but it’s safe to assume that he’ll probably want to extend his dominance in the sport. Bottas is once again the team’s number two man, after having filed for a contract extension in August 2020.

Will Perez have the goods to match Verstappen's pace? PHOTO FROM RED BULL

Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen
  • Sergio Perez

With Red Bull having demoted Alex Albon as a test driver in favor of Sergio Perez for the “cursed” seat number two for one year, some exciting times are ahead of this team, especially with the experienced Mexican driver having put on a spectacular performance last season. Will he finally be able to be the “Bottas” Red Bull badly needs? What will happen to Red Bull once Honda finally pulls out of F1 for good?

Sainz must be wondering if he made the right decision to move to Ferrari. PHOTO FROM FERRARI


  • Charles Leclerc
  • Carlos Sainz Jr.

After experiencing one of their worst seasons, will the storied team finally get their mojo back especially with the arrival of a new driver? Well, considering that last year’s car wasn’t exactly their best and team principal Mattia Binotto has rather modest expectations this year, we can only hope that this transition period should serve them well once the new regulations come into play.

Given Racing Point's performance last year, Vettel might go back to his winning ways. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

Aston Martin

  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Lance Stroll

Here is admittedly one of the most hyped teams for the 2021 season. All eyes are on the rebranded Racing Point team now flying the Aston Martin flag. After a spectacular midfield performance with its previous car, will the team finally allow Vettel to stretch his legs and possibly snag another drivers’ title?

Ricciardo and the Mercedes engine should be a winning combination for McLaren. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1


  • Daniel Ricciardo
  • Lando Norris

This duo will probably end up as one of 2021’s most beloved pairing—often being referred to as the “meme team.” It isn’t all just the drivers, too, as the McLaren’s cars are receiving a big change in the form of a Mercedes engine. It has been a while since we heard McLaren and Mercedes together, which will surely make this team worth watching.

Japan desperately needs an F1 driver it can be proud of. Tsunoda has potential. PHOTO FROM ALPHATAURI


  • Pierre Gasly
  • Yuki Tsunoda

With Pierre Gasly concluding last year’s season on a high note, he’ll be at the helm of Red Bull’s junior team with F2 graduate Yuki Tsunoda taking the seat vacated by Daniil Kvyat. Tsunoda, in particular, is quite interesting, marking the return of a Japanese driver to the grid since Kamui Kobayashi raced for Caterham back in 2014.

Will Alonso's experience produce results for the Alpine team? PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1


  • Fernando Alonso
  • Esteban Ocon

With the former Renault team rebranding to its sports-oriented brand, signing the legendary Fernando Alonso to race for it was a no-brainer—though we’d say that it wasn’t exactly the least controversial thing Alonso had been involved in. Ocon remains in the second seat.

Fans will certainly keep their eyes on the young Schumacher's first F1 season. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1


  • Mick Schumacher
  • Nikita Mazepin

The Internet had such a field day with this team. After the departure of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, the pairing of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher—the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher—Haas has been surrounded in controversy, especially with the behavior of its Russian driver. Will Guenther Steiner be able to shape these two rookies into something greater?

Is Raikkonen gunning for the world record for most starts in F1? PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

Alfa Romeo

  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Antonio Giovinazzi

Not much has actually changed for this team, which may be a good thing for fans of the Iceman and the Italian Jesus. There was speculation before that F2 prodigy Callum Ilott would end up here after a field test during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but it looks like that’ll have to wait.

Russell definitely has skill. We just hope that the Williams machine can deliver as well. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1


  • George Russell
  • Nicholas Latifi

All eyes were on George Russell as he strapped himself into the black Mercedes F1 car during the Sakhir Grand Prix. What would’ve been an amazing maiden victory ended tragically for the young driver. Prior to Hamilton signing his contract, dozens of people were clamoring for a second chance for Russell to get behind the wheel of the Mercedes car. That might all change in 2022, as him and teammate Latifi have yearlong drives for the legendary British team.

Sam Surla

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