The 2021 season is already upon us. Pre-season testing is done, the drivers are raring to go, and Bahrain is eager to host them. This is a historic 23 race season, with every team except Williams, Mercedes, and Alfa Romeo seeing a shake-up in their driver lineup. So with so much uncertainty added to the uncertainties of the new Covid reality, here are our five bold predictions for the new season.
Sebastian Vettel will win a Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel had a torrid last couple of years with Scuderia Ferrari, notching up just a single win. This was despite the *ahem ahem* illegal power unit in 2019. But you could sense that Ferrari were high on Leclerc, pivoting quickly to make him the face of Ferrari. Vettel’s Ferrari was largely un-drivable last year, and he would be buzzing to move from such an unstable car into one who just won a race.
2021 will be the year Sebastian Vettel, a four-time World Champion, will regain his ruthless streak from his Red Bull days and will push his Aston Martin to the limit. With 23 races in 23 largely different locations, Aston Martin and Vettel will usher into the new era with a Grand Prix victory this year.
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Sergio Perez had an amazing 2020 with Racing Point. He finished fourth in the Drivers championship, ahead of Alex Albon’s likes in a Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, and Charles Leclerc. What’s more impressive about this achievement is that Perez finished fourth even though he missed TWO RACES after testing positive Covid-19.
2021 is a big year for Perez. The Mexican has been rewarded with a potentially race-winning car at Red Bull, which had flawless pre-season testing. If one driver can extract the maximum out of their car, it is Sergio Perez. We predict Perez to pick-up the new season from where he left the previous one and go from strength to strength.
Valtteri Bottas has shown that his Mercedes is extremely uncompetitive if it gets pulled into a midfield scrap. Bottas also has an erratic track record, with the Finn lacking consistency and the ruthless streak needed to win and compete with Lewis consistently. 2021 could be the year when Red Bull finally sees both their drivers finish ahead of a Mercedes driver, and we predict Sergio Perez to beat Valtteri Bottas in the driver’s championship.
Williams will not finish at the bottom of the table.
Turn away now if you are a Haas fan. 2021 will be a nightmare season for Haas, with team principal Guenther Steiner already playing down expectations and stating that his focus is strictly on the new regulations coming into effect from 2022. With the car getting progressively worse as the 2020 season progressed and two rookie drivers at the helm for the new season, 2021 could be a long, LONG season for Haas. This is exactly why we believe that Williams will not finish at the bottom of the F1 table and they will collect their first points since Hockenheim 2019.
Scuderia Ferrari will finish behind Alpha Tauri this year.
Ferrari had a terrible car in 2020, with both the drivers decisively calling it “Un-drivable.” Thanks to the tweak in rules, their 2021 car will not be very different from 2020. Thus, the Tifosi can expect another frustrating year, and Ferrari might, very early into the 2021 season, give-up on this season and focus their energies on the new rules coming in.
Meanwhile, Alpha Tauri have had spectacular pre-season testing, with Yuki Tsunoda finishing second on the time charts on Day 3. With a race winner in Pierre Gasly going from strength to strength last season and the exciting Yuki Tsunoda settling in well into the other car,
Alpha Tauri might just finish the job they came so close to last season and beat Ferrari in 2021.