10 things you want from the 2021 F1 season ・ Race Fans – Motorsports

Is there a more competitive championship? Is there a championship?Here are the 10 things I want to see the most 2021 F1 season..

… to actually start at some point

Formula 1 initially planned to launch the longest 23-race championship in history on March 21st. But the New Year was only two days. The first race turned out to be suspicious..

Pandemics are getting worse in many countries. The UK, home to most of F1’s 10 teams, is in its third blockade. It’s probably too much to expect the Australian Grand Prix to be the only race to be postponed or canceled this year.

But in 2020, Formula 1 demonstrated how effective and safe the race could be in a pandemic. We hope that there will be far fewer Grand Prix cancellations this year as vaccination programs are beginning to roll out around the world. Getting the fans back on track is a great sight, but this may also be an unrealistic hope at this stage.

Bottas fighting Hamilton

Bottas needs to put pressure on Hamilton this year

With little change in technical regulations for the new season, it’s likely that the Drivers’ Championship will once again be an all-Mercedes contest. In that case, because of the highly competitive season Valtteri Bottas You need to step up and fight your teammates more often.

It’s a lot of work. Lewis Hamilton By being content with any area of ​​his game, he did not accumulate seven world championships and 95 race wins. However, Bottas has proved that he can beat his teammates to pole position and believes he made a profit in last year’s race pace.

If he’s close enough to keep Hamilton honest and a little lucky, he may see a title battle that lasts at least longer than last season.More important for Botta, it may be the best chance to take his seat, what we have seen now George Russell it can.

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Those who fight Mercedes

The team is close enough to Mercedes and is not beyond the realm of potential to offer its own fight for the title. But last year only Red Bull was close enough to beat them.

Trucks worth getting a “TBC” slot

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Outdro Mod Algarve, 2020
The rare Algarve truck was perfect for F1

The current venue for Round 4 has not yet been declared 2021 F1 calendar.. A variety of possible locations have been proposed, but given the logistics difficulties posed by the pandemic, European destinations seem most realistic.

Imola seems to be the most likely option.. But while it’s a great historic and picturesque circuit, I’d like you to choose a country where F1 hasn’t raced yet and choose a circuit that’s more suitable for modern F1 cars.

The rugged Algarve trucks in Portugal were my first choice, or Istanbul Park in Turkey, both of which had time to settle on the new road.

Vettel rediscovers his touch

It was hard to see Sebastian Vettel Recall that in the disastrous 2020 campaign, this was the same driver who won four world championships and more races than any driver bar Hamilton or Michael Schumacher.

Vettel clearly has much better capabilities than it produced last year. Powered by his Mercedes, the Aston Martin could be one of the most competitive cars on the grid this season. So I hope he’s back at his best here because of the standards of competition on the grid this year.

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The safety car period at the beginning of the race is short

Safety car, Sochi Autodrom, 2020
Early safety car periods tend to ruin the race

F1’s highly complex tire strategy rules require drivers to make one pit stop per race, so the initial period of the safety car will fit the hard tire compound and run to the end without re-pitting. By giving them the opportunity, they tend to end their tactical diversity. The last race in Abu Dhabi was just one of the most boring examples of this event last season.

There are no signs that F1 will give the team great strategic freedom in the near future. That’s why hopefully you’ll avoid having too many early safety car periods ruining the race in 2021.

New team to sign up

We are well within the realm of wishful thinking here, especially given the enormous economic challenges that arise from pandemics. And, of course, it’s not a major issue for the $ 200 million fee new entrants will have to pay starting this year.

Still, F1 needs more cars, as the number of talented drivers who lost their seats at the end of last season shows. However, if new financial regulations and future changes in technical rules make F1 team ownership a truly attractive outlook, it can eventually become unbalanced.

Alonso’s class talks about itself

Fernando Alonso, Renault, Yas Marina, 2020
Podium must be Alonso’s potential

During the last stint in F1 at McLaren, Fernando Alonso No one doubted how much he valued his performance, even if his hardware restrictions meant he was competing for a few point finishes on a good day.

I was quickly tired of my heart pounding. And even if it was justified, it wasn’t well reflected in him, his team, or the sport.

But given Renault’s 2020 campaign, Alonso’s Alpine should be a much more competitive offer. Hopefully, when he comes back, he can produce performances that don’t require headlines like “Alonso praises the best drive ever after finishing in 12th place.”

2013 does not repeat

The· 2021 F1 season It will be the final year of the current technical rules before a drastic review of the rules takes place. When this happened last time, the main teams at the time pushed ahead with the development of the current car, dominated later this year, and the other teams were busy with new hardware. The result was double dominance. Red Bull dominated the last nine races of 2013, with Mercedes taking over as F1’s dominant force at the beginning of the next season.

But there is good reason to believe that it will never happen again this year. F1 is confident that the field will be closer due to the new aerodynamic regulations that have been extensively studied for 2022. In addition, there was another year to identify and shut down development tools that the team didn’t want to abuse.

Final race with DRS

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2020
DRS bandage is still clogged

Next year’s car will also aim to produce a much closer race and easier overtaking. This should mean that F1’s drag reduction system is in its 11th year and can finally be deprecated.

Sadly, there are still no signs that the adjustable rear wing flap will be discontinued in 2022. This is a smack of F1’s lack of ambition.

If the artificial pushbutton passage system remains, there is no incentive to guarantee that F1 will be obsolete with the new rules. The temptation to defend it from the fear that overtaking would be too difficult without it remains strong. Sure, it’s better to focus on restoring the natural race by removing the gimmicks and getting the 2022 aerodynamic package right.

But there is a problem here. As long as the first wish comes true, we will solve this wish not come true and the other eight points in front of it. As last year showed, it doesn’t make sense to set your hopes too high for a season that may still be terribly confused by factors far beyond F1 control.

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What are you most looking forward to this year? What is your number one hope for the coming season? I have your opinion in the comments.

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