Which F1 team will be the biggest threat to Mercedes in 2021?・ RaceFans – Motorsports

Of the 17 races last year, Mercedes won 13 wins and 15 pole positions, not to mention the seventh consecutive championship title.

Can your opponent escape it just as easily? 2021 F1 season?? Who poses the greatest threat to three stars? Take part in the first vote of the new year.

Red bull


Verstappen approves 2020 with his second victory

To Max VerstappenIn addition to Hamilton, Red Bull definitely has the best driver in F1 right now. He won twice last year and, arguably more impressively, finished the season just nine points below the second Mercedes, despite being far less competitive and reliable.

Red Bull has made significant progress throughout 2020. This is a good sign for them during the season when teams can only make limited changes to their cars.Arrival Sergio Perez Alongside Verstappen, they have offered the most experienced driver lineup for many years.


The team’s performance in the second half of 2020 was flattered by how little development Mercedes was doing. They ended up losing engine supplier Honda at the end of the year, which was only distracting and manufacturers made all the right turmoil about giving maximum commitment to their programs until they left, but this is a burden. I still don’t know if it will be done.

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Lando Norris, McLaren, Monza, 2020
McLaren often led Midfield last year.

McLaren has made progress in recent seasons, finishing the “best of the rest” in 2020. They will benefit from switching to a Mercedes class-leading power unit that previously used Renault.

Arrival Daniel Ricciardo This means that for the first time since 2018, a proven race winner has joined the lineup. And recently announced a significant increase in funding.


McLaren definitely overperformed by finishing third last year, as their cars were often not the third fastest. Incorporating a new power unit means more compromises elsewhere. And while new investments are welcome, they arrived after much of the 2021 car development work was completed.They also lost Carlos Sainz Jnr, Rival Ferrari, who scored the highest score in the last two seasons.

Aston Martin


Last year’s most improved team and apparently the third fastest in live performance, thanks to the Mercedes-inspired RP20. This car has revolutionized the team’s design philosophy. After spending a year adapting to it, it will change its brand name as Aston Martin in 2021.

They also strengthened their driving power with the addition of four world champions Sebastian Vettel..


A big question mark remains in the driver lineup. Lance Stroll Perez decisively outperformed in two seasons as teammates and Vettel arrived following a disastrous 2020 campaign. Many vehicles can rediscover his touch on whether the driver Ferrari cut loosely.



Fernando Alonso, Renault, Yas Marina, 2020
Double Champion Alonso is back on the renamed Renault team

In the fifth season after returning to F1 as a full constructor, Renault had the most competitive show to date in 2020, winning three podiums. By the end of the season, they were definitely competitive on a variety of tracks. This is a precursor to the first year under a new identity as Alpine.

2nd champion Fernando Alonso Pulled back into the fold, he took every opportunity to drive a car last year and appeared in a “young driver” test on the latest machines.


Ricardo led the team brilliantly last year, but lost to McLaren. Not only is this a blow to their driving strength, but it is also a clear sign that he was not ready to bet his future on the project. Their credibility was too often poor in 2020. Esteban Ocon Discovered at his expense.

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Istanbul Park, 2020
Despite Ferrari’s tough 2020 campaign, Leclerc was impressed

They may have just recorded the worst championship performance in 40 years, but Ferrari’s great resources mean their potential cannot be ignored. Charles Leclerc You can expect to drive a great season throughout 2020 and lead their responsibilities while the new signature Sainz (wise appointment) finds his foot.


Ferrari was far from last year’s pace, not just the power unit. You also need to find great benefits from their chassis. The team’s pit stops were a weakness, and sometimes their tactics were confusing.

I say

Fernando Alonso, Renault, Yas Marina, 2020
Alonso and Alpine are my choices to shine in 2021

In terms of live performance, Red Bull was much closer to Mercedes than any other team last year, so it’s hard to look back on the past. However, they have a habit of getting lost during the off-season, and it’s still unclear if they will deal with it well before the New Year begins. Honda’s motive to throw 100% last season is also doubtful.

Big changes that can shake things are happening elsewhere. If McLaren achieved immediate net performance gains by connecting Mercedes power units, they could pose a serious threat. If the scene changes bring Vettel back to its best, his Mercedes-powered Aston Martin could be a regular sight with a sharp end. And Ferrari cut off their work to get back to good, but the improved power unit was able to bring them back long ago.

But the midfield team that most impresses me as a potential threat to Mercedes this year is Alpine. They may have suffered the turmoil of losing Ricardo, but in all other respects they are making clear and consistent profits. They developed the infrastructure and the resulting improvements in chassis and power units were visible. On top of that, Alonso’s formidable power to return to the wheel is an attractive combination.

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Which team do you think will be the biggest threat to Mercedes this year? Please vote below and comment in the comments.

Which team will pose the biggest threat to Mercedes in 2021?

  • Red bull (40%)
  • McLaren (40%)
  • Aston Martin (0%)
  • Takayama (0%)
  • Ferrari (0%)
  • Another team (20%)

Total number of voters: Five

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