Why an Ignorant American Is Stoked for Bahrain!
The most important return to F1 in 2021 is MINE.
Hey everybody. It’s been a couple of years since I shared my uninformed opinions on F1 with you, and what a couple of years, right?
Some of us have been quite busy coughing, others have been busy pulling down statues and throwing bricks, but now that the COVID-19 vaccine is here and we’ve burned most of what can be burned, it’s time to get excited about motorsports again.
And I am oh so excited for the 2021 F1 season. Here I’ll share my top 5 reasons why this year is shaping up to be a “cracker” of a season. If you want to hear more from me, head over to my tribe, Ignorant American F1, and click around until you find the podcast that I’m starting. It’s full of the ignorance and enthusiasm that Formula One apparently needs, and has a cool (in my completely biased opinion) theme song. You can look for new episodes after each race.
Enough cross-promotion! Time for a LIST. Why am I, an ignorant American, so excited for the 2021 F1 season, you didn’t ask? I’ll tell you anyway:
1. The pink cars turned green and the yellow cars turned blue.
That Aston Martin Green is one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen, especially on a race car. Alpine’s blue is fine, too. What I’m really interested in is what these two teams can do with the new partnerships they’ve wrangled during the off season. I think Vettel still has some juice left in him, and I think Alonso has become an egotistical maniac, and I think all of that means the midfield battle this year will be one for the books.
2. Mercedes has some real competition in Red Bull.
The RB16b is a fast car, and looks reliable. Is it Mercedes fast? I doubt it. Is Max Verstappen as good as Hamilton? No, Max is getting good, but Lewis is legendary. I love Sergio Perez and I’m so stoked that he gets to drive for the Bulls, but he’s no Bottas. That being said, gear boxes fail, tires puncture, front wings shred, pit crews forget how to tighten nuts, and sometimes it rains. All that means that with the dash of chaos that flavors each race, Red Bull will be perfectly positioned to score major points this year if anything exciting happens for the Mercs. And I will be watching like a hawk when it does.
3. It's the longest F1 season in history.
If all the races make, this F1 season will take us right around the world to exciting places like Saudia Arabia, “Canada,” and Austin, Texas. It will be fascinating to see these countries post COVID-19, and from a motorsport perspective. As I talk about in this week’s podcast, I can’t wait to get a glimpse at the global village and see how everybody is doing.
4. There's still coronavirus in the air, so anything can happen.
I can’t say that I love the pandemic, but I do love wild cards, and COVID-19 continues to be a major one. Races might be cancelled or postponed, drivers might be substituted, and all that means that the run-up to each race will be full of nail-biting drama. I hope this stupid virus goes away as quickly as possible, but in the meantime it adds a sharp edge to Formula One that will at least be interesting.
5. The season starts in Bahrain!
The last time we saw Bahrain on camera, which was only just in November, there was a pink car upside down and a Frenchman on fire (I was SO relieved that Grosjean was fine, that was a horrible moment). To go back there right away and do the whole thing again, with new teams and crazy fruit-basket of old and new drivers is going to be wild. I can’t wait to see what happens on Sunday, and then to comment on it next week.
If you’ve made it this far, I have a question for you:
If you think Mercedes was sandbagging at testing, why? Who are they trying to fool, or was it just a bad test day? Let me know in the comments.
To my tribe members, thanks for keeping your tires warm. To everybody else, come join us. We’re seldom right, but never in doubt, and we know how to have a good time, which we all certainly need.