F1: Can Lewis Hamilton do it again?
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F1 returns to our TV screens this weekend, after a three-month break. The new season features a whole host of new driving partnerships, as well as an unprecedented 23 Grand Prix races. This year’s campaign will run from the end of March all the way until the middle of December.
Just three pairings remain unchanged from the 2020 season, out of the 10 constructors.
Most notably, Mercedes will be looking for an unprecedented eighth consecutive title with its usual combination of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
But the Silver Arrows will likely face tough competition from Red Bull this season, with Max Verstappen leading the charge.
Red Bull has been tipped to push Mercedes all the way this season, after an impressive pre-season.
There will be 23 races in this year’s Formula One season, which is the most there’s ever been in a single campaign.
We start in Bahrain on March 28, where Hamilton has won in the past two years.
The drivers will have to wait three weeks before jetting off to Italy for the second race of the season, before flying to Portugal.
This year’s British GP will fall on July 18, while the season ends in Abu Dhabi on December 12.
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F1 2021 season calendar
- Bahrain – March 26-28
- Italy – April 16-18
- Portugal – April 30-May 2
- Spain – May 7-9
- Monaco – May 20-23
- Azerbaijan – June 4-6
- Canada – June 11-13
- France – June 25-27
- Austria – July 2-4
- Great Britain – July 16-18
- Hungary – July 30-August 1
- Belgium – August 27-29
- Netherlands – September 3-5
- Italy – September 10-12
- Russia – September 24-26
- Singapore – October 1-3
- Japan – October 8-10
- United States – October 22-24
- Mexico – October 29-31
- Brazil – November 5-7
- Australia – November 19-21
- Saudi Arabia – December 3-5
- Abu Dhabi – December 10-12
The calendar sees the return of the Portuguese GP, which was originally only designed to make a one-off comeback last season.
The Dutch GP will be taking place for the first time since 1985, while Saudi Arabia will be making its debut on the circuit.
The Saudi race will be taking place at night, on a temporary circuit in Jeddah.
Races in Azerbaijan, Monaco and Singapore return to the calendar, after being cancelled last season owing to Covid restrictions.
F1 2021 Drivers
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing)
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing)
Mick Schumacher (Haas F1 Team)
Nikita Mazepin (Haas F1 Team)
George Russell (Williams)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
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