With the Formula 1 season set to begin in Bahrain on the 26th March, all of the teams have now launched. We’ve taken a closer look at the field, looking at each team, their car and their drivers. Who do you think will triumph?
Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (44) & Valtteri Bottas (77)
Mercedes finally confirmed their driver line-up in February, retaining Lewis Hamilton for another year in his search to become an eight-time world Champion. The familiar face of Valtteri Bottas will join him once again, and he looks to build on his second-place finish in 2020 and put more pressure on his British team mate.
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Red Bull Racing F1 Team
Drivers: Max Verstappen (33) & Sergio Perez (11)
Max Verstappen will stay with Red Bull until at least 2023, which is huge for the team. The young Dutch whiz is already looking like a future World Champion and will be hoping to pile the pressure on Mercedes this year. Sergio Perez also joins the Red Bull team this year, after losing his seat with Racing Point (now Aston Martin).
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McLaren F1 Team
Drivers: Lando Norris (4) & Daniel Riccardo (3)
Lando Norris continues his impressive start to his Formula 1 career, going into his third year with McLaren. He will be joined by fan favourite Daniel Riccardo who departed Renault (now Alpine) at the end of the 2020 season. Riccardo, who has been in the F1 since 2012 will be looking to knock on the door of the top teams after finishing fifth in the Championship last year.
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Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (5) & Lance Stroll (18)
After leaving Ferrari the five-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has joined the returning Aston Martin F1 Team, alongside Lance Stroll who gained the only podium for the team (formerly Racing Point) last season. Aston Martin return to Formula 1 for the first time in over 40 years and will certainly be looking to make a big statement this season.
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Alpine F1 Team
Drivers: Fernando Alonso (14) & Esteban Ocon (31)
The two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso is back, which is a big statement from Alpine, who will aim to be the best of the rest in their fight against the likes of McLaren, Ferrari & Aston Martin. Esteban Ocon will line-up for Alpine again for the 2021 season after retaining his seat and getting 62 points last year.
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Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow
Drivers: Charles Leclerc (16) & Carlos Sainz (55)
Carlos Sainz arrives at Ferrari to replace Seb Vettel and the young Spaniard has certainly done nothing but impress in recent years. Last year Sainz finished 5th in the World Championship with McLaren ahead of his new team-mate Charles Leclerc. Leclerc considered to be a future World Champion, alongside the likes of Verstappen & Russell, will be looking to resurrect Ferrari after a terrible 2020 season and show the Formula 1 world what he and his team are capable of.
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Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Drivers: Pierre Gasly (10) & Yuki Tsunoda (22)
Pierre Gasly is back for another season with AlphaTauri after dropping down from RedBull in 2019. Gasly improved massively and impressed the Formula 1 world last year, with his victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Yuki Tsunoda will join Gasly at AlphaTauri from the Formula 2 World Championship, after finishing a respectable third place, one point behind second place Callum Ilott.
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Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN
Drivers: Kimi Räikkönen (7) & Anotnio Giovinazzi (99)
Another familiar pairing for the 2021 season is down at Alfa Romeo. Both Kimi Räikkönen & Anotnio Giovinazzi will race together for the next three years as team-mates. They will be hoping to be a bit more competitive this year after gaining just 8 points for the team in 2020.
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Haas F1 Team
Drivers: Mick Schumacher (47) & Nikita Mazepin (9)
A brand-new fresh line-up for Haas F1 in 2021 – the team decided to drop both Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen after a disappointing 2020 season. Both Schumacher & Mazepin come to Formula 1 from Formula 2. Mick Schumacher, the son of former seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, won the Formula 2 Championship last season and will have many eyes watching him throughout this season.
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Drivers: George Russell (63) & Nicholas Latifi (6)
Williams will have a very different look this year in terms of management, but the drivers line-up the same as 2020. George Russell or ‘Mr Saturday’ will be hoping to continue the fine form he showed last season, regularly getting out of Q1 and beating his team-mate every time in Qualifying. Nicholas Latifi still has a lot to do to prove himself in Formula 1, but with a new Team Principal at the helm, could there be exciting things to come from Williams?
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