My brief(ish) summary on the 2021 F1 Season!

So far...

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F1's 2021 season may only be three races through, but it already seems to be looking more promising than 2020 season. I've seen a few others do a short commentary, so here's mine. I would love to hear you other F1 fans in the comments - share your opinions!

Mercedes-AMG Petronas

Let's start with the reigning champs. As always, the Hamilton-Bottas driver lineup is looking strong. Is the W12 quite as dominant as last years W11? I'd argue not, just in that rivals have stepped up their game. It still seems to be on top, however. There was speculation over whether George Russell would sign for the team in 2021, but nothing came of it. Hamilton and Bottas are both on rolling one-year contracts, and I would put money on the fact that Valtterri will leave at the same time as Lewis. Bottas is a good wingman driver (even if he does not want to be seen that way) and when they let new talent in, they would probably prefer that Hamilton was gone.

2021 performance so far

Red Bull Racing

As Merc's closest competitors, it's all down to Checo and Max to disrupt Lewis' 8th WDC dream. Will they? I don't think so. Perez has been setting some blistering quali times, but doesn't seem to have become fully accustomed to the Red Bull yet. Verstappen is close to the top, but doesn't seem to have the consistency of a WDC at the moment. Whether they do beat Merc or not, the fact of the matter is that they're a hell of a lot closer now that Albon is gone.

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

McLaren Racing

God, McLaren have really pulled it together recently. Around 2018, McLaren really seemed to be like a midfield team. They weren't getting the podiums, weren't getting the times, weren't getting the drivers. Now, though, McLaren looks to be the solid 3rd constructor. Lando Norris is their rising star, and Danny Ric is the man we've all come to love. Probably the most iconic driver lineup in 2021, a stunning livery and they're getting better and better results (if we ignore Portimao!)

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

Ferrari

Can Ferrari build back up to the top? I hope so. They're iconic, and yet you could liken the second half of their 2020 season to a Williams. They're hedging a lot of bets on Leclerc with his monster contract, and Sainz must prove his worth to stay. The SF2021 performs like a mid fielder, but maybe 2022 can see them back at the top?

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

The Rest

Aston Martin Cognizant -

What happened to the brilliant Racing Point car? Sebastian, you're one of my heroes but I think it's time to retire. Lance, you're proving you may be more than just a pay driver.

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

Alpine -

Rebrand of Renault but same performance really. Alonso, do you still have the magic? Ocon, you're consistent but as of yet haven't been outstanding.

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

AlphaTauri -

Gasly must prove his worth to Red Bull this season. Yuki is a future World Champion. I stand by that.

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

Alfa Romeo Racing -

Not much to say at all. Driver lineup is average, car is a back marker. Hopefully there's only an upwards trajectory from here.

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

Williams -

What's happening? How did it all go so downhill?

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

Haas -

Get your sh*t sorted out!

I don't even need to mention Mazespin.

2021 PERFORMANCE SO FAR

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Bahrain

What an interesting kickoff. First time seeing the new cars, fans hoping that their team will come out on top. Should Verstappen have had to return the position? Yes, there's a difference between running off track and running off track to overtake. I think he chose the wrong place to let Lewis past though, he had no chance of catching back up!

1st - HAM, 2nd - VER, 3rd - BOT

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Imola

Wet races are always interesting, but this was a highlight. From the onboard, you get the sense of how little the drivers can see when they're pinning it at 200mph in close proximity to other cars down a windy and narrow straight with no grip! I was hoping for a Ver, Nor, Lec finish after Lewis drove himself into a gravel hole, but Lewis showed his skill by carving through the pack (albeit aided by the red flag). The red flag in question? Russell's punt into Bottas. While it was incredible that Russell was overtaking Bottas, it was completely his fault. His comical anger both straight afterwards and in the interviews juxtaposed the footage showing it was his miscalculation. Accidents happen, though.

1st - VER, 2nd - NOR, 3rd - HAM

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Portimao

God, this was dreary. Apart from a couple of midfield tussles at the start, this was 60 laps of snoozefest. Boring.

P.S. Mazespin was definitely voted Driver of the Day hence why it wasn't shown until later. #F1conspiracyconfirmed?

RACE EXCITEMENT

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