My 2021 Formula 1 Constructors Predictions
Will the new drivers and teams throw a spanner in the works for Mercedes?
The 2020 Formula 1 season was an unexpected series of events to say the least. The top 3 might have been the only normal part of that season, and because of that, I've decided to share my predictions for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
1 - Mercedes
I don't think that I really have to say anything here. Mercedes have won every constructors championship since the beginning of the V6 Turbo-Hybrid era, and they show no signs of ending their reign now. I firmly believe that Mercedes will finish the upcoming season in first place again. As for the 2022 regulations, maybe things will be different, you can never know.
2 - McLaren
Weren't expecting this one were you? It's a gamble to say that McLaren will end up bettering their last years 3rd place by one, but also highly plausible. At the time of writing this, only McLaren, Alpha Tauri and Alfa Romeo have unveiled their 2021 contenders, and from the initial pictures and videos, it looks promising. From a completely redesigned nose cone at the front a Mercedes PU at the back and a proven race winning Australian in the middle, McLaren look like they're heading on the right path for the future.
3 - Red Bull Racing
Although their new recruitment of Sergio Perez is definitely a step in the right direction for Red Bull, I don't think that it will give the team from Milton Keynes enough of an advantage to consistently finish ahead of the new Mercedes powered McLarens.
4 - Ferrari
Despite having a dismal 2020 season, Ferrari are looking to reclaim that top spot that they are so used to being in, and are doing so slowly but surely. By their very high standards, it was a failure – and they have accepted that. But now, the Scuderia has begun putting the steps in place to move up the rankings and with a fresh driver in Carlos Sainz, an all-new engine, and a revised aero package – the Prancing Horse looks ready to fight back.
5 - Aston Martin
Last year going by the name of 'Racing Point', the pink team managed to find themselves in 4th place due to some questionably legal tactics. Nonetheless, they made a fair effort last year, and with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel joining the team for 2021, both parties should only be looking forwards in 2021.
6 - Alpine
Fernando Alonso is a big name in Formula 1, and motorsport in general. This year, the two time world champion (who achieved those championships) with this very same team, is paired with recent podium debutant Esteban Ocon. Despite 2 odd podiums from Daniel Ricciardo last year, it didn't seem as if Renault were consistent, and look like being consistent this year either - and Fernando is well past his best before date so I wouldn't be expecting any rapid pace from him this season either.
7 - Alpha Tauri
Despite a fluke win in Monza of last year, Alpha Tauri didn't see another podium throughout the season, and replacing multiple podium sitter Daniil Kvyat with 3rd place F2 finisher Yuki Tsunoda might have not be the teams brightest decision.
8 - Williams
There was only one place for Williams to go after the last few years, and I think that this year will be the year that George Russel and Nicholas Latifi will finally break through Williams' point drought. Russel has shown that he is capable of winning a grand prix if given a competitive car. Fingers crossed that Williams can provide the drivers with a better can than we've seen previously.
9 - Alfa Romeo
Let's be honest, we love Kimi and Antonio, however Kimi is getting on a bit and Antonio hasn't quite broke through yet. That being said though, we have seen great race-craft from both drivers in the form of Raikkonen's 11 car overtake in one lap of the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2020.
10 - Haas
Haas have gone back to the drawing board this year, Recruiting the son of 7 time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, Mick Schumacher, and son of Russian billionaire Nikita Mazepin. The car has not yet been revealed, although I don't think that anyone is overly optimistic about their current driver and sponsor situation.
What do you think of my predictions? What do you think the Constructor standings will look like at the end of the year?