Formula 1 drivers and teams 2021: Aston Martin returns, Renault rebrands for new F1 season

The 2021 Formula 1 driver grid is almost ready for lights out.

The last empty seat belonged to Team Mercedes, but after some months of waiting, Lewis Hamilton returns behind the wheel of a Mercedes come the 2021 season. Team principal Toto Wolff recently said that certain “curveballs” had been thrown into the process to strike a deal, but the two sides came together in early February to get a pact done.

Red Bull’s Christian Horner mulled the decision as to who would be Max Verstappen’s partner heading into the 2021 season, with rumor making its way to truth, as Sergio Perez, formerly of Racing Point, makes the move over to Red Bull. Alex Albon is without a team and a car for this upcoming year.

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The F1 world got a little taste of the future when Williams driver George Russell stepped into a Mercedes car while Hamilton sat out after testing positive for coronavirus. While Russell is slated to be behind the wheel of a Mercedes in the future, it doesn’t look like that year will be in 2021.

Both fortunately and unfortunately, the extremely entertaining duo of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz has been split, with Sainz taking up a seat next to Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari. Longtime Ferrari racer Sebastian Vettel heads to Aston Martin, formerly Racing Point, in 2021. 

Here’s what you need to know about the F1 field in 2021:

F1 drivers 2021

There are eight drivers set to either make their debuts for either F1 or a new team this upcoming season.

Team Driver 2020 points (Finish) Team debut
Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen 4 (16th) 2019
Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi 4 (17th) 2018
AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly 75 (10th) 2017
AlphaTauri Yuki Tsunoda N/A 2021
Alpine Esteban Ocon 62 (12th) 2020
Alpine Fernando Alonso N/A 2021
Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel 33 (13th) 2021
Aston Martin Lance Stroll 75 (11th) 2019
Ferrari Carlos Sainz Jr. 105 (Sixth) 2021
Ferrari Charles Leclerc 98 (Eighth) 2019
Haas Mick Schumacher N/A 2021
Haas Nikita Mazepin N/A 2021
McLaren Daniel Ricciardo 119 (Fifth) 2021
McLaren Lando Norris 97 (Ninth) 2019
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas 223 (Second) 2017
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton 347 (First) 2013
Red Bull Max Verstappen 213 (Third) 2016
Red Bull Sergio Perez 125 (Fourth) 2021
Williams Nicholas Latifi 0 (21st) 2020
Williams George Russell 3 (18th) 2019

There are also several drivers without a seat who raced full time in 2020: Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Romain Grosjean (Haas), Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) and Alex Albon (Red Bull) are currently without a car. Albon was replaced by Sergio Perez, who had an excellent year alongside Lance Stroll in 2020.

Haas replaced both drivers with rookies for 2021, including Mick Schumacher, son of the legendary Michael Schumacher.

Formula 1 teams 2021

The field is largely the same for 2021, with a few teams going through a commercial rebrand.

  • Alfa Romeo
  • AlphaTauri
  • Alpine (formerly known as Renault)
  • Aston Martin (formerly known as Racing Point)
  • Ferrari 
  • Haas
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes
  • Red Bull
  • Williams

Renault will now be known as Alpine and Racing Point is bringing Aston Martin back into the F1 fold with a commercial rebrand.

Williams Racing will maintain the same mantle after the midseason sale by Claire Williams.

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