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The 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship is a motor racing championship for
Formula One cars ; which used a secret innovation to exploit the effects of downforce, known as the "double-Diffuser (automotive), diffuser". This was used for two season, before later being banned by the FIA, in 2011. A Formula One car is a single-seat, ...
which is the 72nd running of the
Formula One World Championship In science, a formula is a concise way of expressing information symbolically, as in a mathematical formula or a chemical formula. The informal use of the term ''formula'' in science refers to the Commensurability (philosophy of science), genera ...
. It is recognised by the
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(FIA), the governing body of international
motorsport Motorsport, motorsports or motor sport is a global term used to encompass the group of competitive Sports, sporting events which primarily involve the use of motor vehicles, motorised vehicles, whether for racing or non-racing competition. Th ...

motorsport
, as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. The championship is being contested over twenty-three Grands Prix, which will be held around the world. Drivers and teams are scheduled to compete for the titles of World Drivers' Champion and World Constructors' Champion respectively.
Lewis Hamilton Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton (born 7 January 1985) is a Formula One drivers from the United Kingdom, British racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for Mercedes-Benz in Formula One, Mercedes, having previously driven for M ...

Lewis Hamilton
and
Mercedes Mercedes may refer to: People * Mercedes (name), a Spanish feminine name, including a list of people and fictional characters with the given name or last name Automobile-related * Mercedes (marque), the pre-1926 brand name of German automobile mo ...
are the defending World Drivers' and World Constructors' Champions respectively, having won the titles in .


Entries

The following constructors and drivers are currently under contract to compete in the 2021 World Championship. All teams are competing with tyres supplied by
Pirelli Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is a multinational tyre manufacturer based in Milan Milan (, , Milanese: ; it, Milano ) is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. Milan served as the ca ...

Pirelli
. Each team is required to enter at least two drivers, one for each of the two mandatory cars.


Team changes

McLaren McLaren Racing Limited is a British motor racing Motorsport, motorsports or motor sport is a global term used to encompass the group of competitive sporting events which primarily involve the use of motorised vehicles, whether for racin ...

McLaren
announced that they would change from using
Renault Groupe Renault ( , , , also known as the Renault Group in English; legally Renault S.A.) is a French multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries * Multinati ...
power units to ones built by
Mercedes Mercedes may refer to: People * Mercedes (name), a Spanish feminine name, including a list of people and fictional characters with the given name or last name Automobile-related * Mercedes (marque), the pre-1926 brand name of German automobile mo ...
, resuming the McLaren-Mercedes partnership that ran between and .
Racing Point Racing Point F1 Team, which competed as BWT Racing Point F1 Team and commonly known as Racing Point, was a British motor racing team and constructor that Racing Point UK entered into the Formula One, Formula One World Championship. The team wa ...
became known as
Aston Martin Aston Martin Lagonda is a British independent manufacturer of luxury Luxury may refer to: *Luxury goods In economics, a luxury good (or upmarket good) is a good (economics), good for which demand (economics), demand increases more than w ...
. The name change was brought about by the team's part owner
Lawrence Stroll Lawrence Sheldon Strulovitch (born 11 July 1959), best known as Lawrence Stroll, is a Canadian billionaire A billionaire is a person with a net worth of at least 1,000,000,000, one billion (1,000,000,000, i.e. a thousand million) units of a gi ...
investing in the
Aston Martin Aston Martin Lagonda is a British independent manufacturer of luxury Luxury may refer to: *Luxury goods In economics, a luxury good (or upmarket good) is a good (economics), good for which demand (economics), demand increases more than w ...

Aston Martin
marque.
Renault Groupe Renault ( , , , also known as the Renault Group in English; legally Renault S.A.) is a French multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries * Multinati ...
became known as
Alpine Alpine may refer to: Places * Alps, a European mountain range * Alpine states, associated with the mountain range, or relating to any lofty mountain areas * Mountainous or alpine; the mountains. Australia * Alpine, New South Wales, a Northern Vill ...
, taking on the name of Renault's sportscar brand.


Driver changes

Four-time World Drivers' Champion
Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel (; born 3 July 1987) is a Formula One drivers from Germany, German racing driver who competes in Formula One for Aston Martin in Formula One, Aston Martin, having previously driven for BMW Sauber, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toro Rosso ...

Sebastian Vettel
left
Ferrari Ferrari Società per Azioni, S.p.A. (; ) is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of the Alfa Romeo race division as ''Auto Avio Costruzioni'', the company built Auto Avio Co ...

Ferrari
at the end of the Championship after racing with the team for six seasons. Vettel's seat was taken by
Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro , otherwise known as Carlos Sainz Jr. or simply Carlos Sainz, (born 1 September 1994) is a Spanish racing driver competing in Formula One Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class ...
, who left
McLaren McLaren Racing Limited is a British motor racing Motorsport, motorsports or motor sport is a global term used to encompass the group of competitive sporting events which primarily involve the use of motorised vehicles, whether for racin ...

McLaren
.
Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Joseph Ricciardo ( "Ricardo"; born 1 July 1989) is an Italian-Australian racing driver who is currently competing in Formula One Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of international auto racing for Ope ...
moved from
Renault Groupe Renault ( , , , also known as the Renault Group in English; legally Renault S.A.) is a French multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries * Multinati ...
to McLaren, where he replaced Sainz. Ricciardo was replaced by double World Champion
Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Díaz (; born 29 July 1981) is a Spanish racing driver currently competing for Alpine Alpine may refer to: Places * Alps, a European mountain range * Alpine states, associated with the mountain range, or relating to any lof ...

Fernando Alonso
, who drove in Alpine's first season, having last raced in for McLaren. Vettel moved to Aston Martin, where he replaces
Sergio Pérez Sergio Michel Pérez Mendoza (; born 26 January 1990), nicknamed "Checo", is a Mexican racing driver Auto racing (also known as car racing, motor racing, or automobile racing) is a motorsport involving the racing of automobiles for comp ...

Sergio Pérez
. Pérez, who had previously signed a contract to drive for Aston Martin's predecessor,
Racing Point Racing Point F1 Team, which competed as BWT Racing Point F1 Team and commonly known as Racing Point, was a British motor racing team and constructor that Racing Point UK entered into the Formula One, Formula One World Championship. The team wa ...
, until 2022, is moved to
Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing, also simply known as Red Bull or RBR, is a Formula One racing team, racing a Honda in Formula One, Honda-powered car under an List of Formula One constructors#Team's nationality, Austrian licence and based in the United Kingdom ...
where he replaced
Alex Albon Alexander Albon Ansusinha ( th, อเล็กซานเดอร์ อัลบอน อังศุสิงห์, born 23 March 1996) is a British- Thai racing driver set to race in the 2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters alongside Liam ...
. Albon is Red Bull Racing's reserve and test driver for the 2021 season. Pérez became the first driver since
Mark Webber Mark Webber may refer to: *Mark Webber (racing driver) Mark Alan Webber (born 27 August 1976) is an Australian former professional racing driver who competed in Formula One from 2002 to 2013 and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) betwee ...
in to join the team without being previously a
Red Bull Junior Team in a Formula 3 Euro Series car in 2006, featuring prominent Red Bull sponsorship. The Red Bull Junior Team is a driver development program run by the energy drink company Red Bull GmbH in an attempt to identify potential future racing star ...
member.
Romain Grosjean Romain Grosjean (; born 17 April 1986) is a Swiss people, Swiss-French people, French Auto racing, racing driver racing under the French flag currently competing in the NTT IndyCar Series where he is contracted to drive for Andretti Autosport ...

Romain Grosjean
and
Kevin Magnussen Kevin Jan Magnussen (born 5 October 1992) is a Danish racing driver competing in the 2021 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. He will also be competing in the World Endurance Championship, in 2022, racing for ...
, who had raced for
Haas Haas may refer to: People * Haas (surname)Haas, also de Haas, is a German language, German and Dutch language, Dutch surname, also Jewish (Ashkenazic), usually from ''Hase'' or ''de Haas'', the German and Dutch words for "hare". Notable people with ...
since and respectively, left the team at the end of 2020. 2020 Formula 2 Champion
Mick Schumacher Mick Schumacher (; born 22 March 1999) is a German racing driver Auto racing (also known as car racing, motor racing, or automobile racing) is a motorsport involving the racing of automobiles for competition. Auto racing has existed sinc ...
– the son of seven-time World Champion
Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher (; ; born 3 January 1969) is a German former racing driver who competed in Formula One Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of international racing for single-seater An open-wheel car ( ...

Michael Schumacher
– took one of the seats at the team, while the other was filled by
Nikita Mazepin Nikita Dmitryevich Mazepin ( rus, Ники́та Дми́триевич Мазе́пин, p=nʲɪˈkʲitə ˈdmʲɪtrʲɪjɪvʲɪtɕ mɐˈzʲepʲɪn; born 2 March 1999) is a Russian racing driver Auto racing (also known as car racing, m ...
, who finished fifth in the Formula 2 Championship.
Yuki Tsunoda Yuki Tsunoda (Japanese language, Japanese: 角田 裕毅, ''Tsunoda Yūki''; born 11 May 2000) is a Formula One drivers from Japan, Japanese racing driver who is racing for Scuderia AlphaTauri in Formula One. Supported by Honda since 2016 throug ...

Yuki Tsunoda
, who finished third in 2020 Formula 2 Championship, graduated to Formula One with
Scuderia AlphaTauri Scuderia AlphaTauri, or simply AlphaTauri, and competing as Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda, is an Italian Formula One racing team and List of Formula One constructors, constructor. It is one of two Formula One constructors owned by Austrian beverage ...
, replacing
Daniil Kvyat Daniil Vyacheslavovich Kvyat (born 26 April 1994) is a Russian auto racing, racing driver who competed in Formula One between 2014–2017 and 2019–2020, racing under the Russian flag. He became the second Formula One drivers from Russia, Form ...
, who moved to Alpine as their reserve driver. Tsunoda became the first Japanese Formula One driver since
Kamui Kobayashi is a Japanese professional racing driver who, , competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship The FIA World Endurance Championship is an auto racing world championship organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and sanctioned by the ...
in .


Calendar

The 2021 calendar consists of twenty-three events, subject to a suitable financial arrangement being reached for the
Canadian Grand Prix The Canadian Grand Prix (french: Grand Prix du Canada) is an annual auto race held in Canada Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its Provinces and territories of Canada, ten provinces and three territories extend ...
, the reinstatement of the suspended São Paulo Grand Prix contract, and permissive
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regulations set by local governments and the Formula One Group.


Calendar expansion and changes from 2020 to 2021

Liberty Media Liberty Media Corporation (commonly referred to as Liberty Media or just Liberty) is an American mass media Mass media refers to a diverse array of media Media may refer to: Physical means Communication * Media (communication) ...
, the sport's commercial rights holders, announced that there would be scope for the 2021 calendar to expand beyond the planned twenty-two races of the 2020 calendar. The sporting regulations were amended to allow for a maximum of twenty-five Grands Prix per year. * The
Portuguese Grand Prix The Portuguese Grand Prix (''Grande Prémio de Portugal'') is a motorsports Motorsport, motorsports or motor sport is a global term used to encompass the group of competitive sporting events which primarily involve the use of motorised ve ...
at the
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve The Algarve International Circuit ( pt, Autódromo Internacional do Algarve), commonly referred to as Portimão Circuit, is a race circuit located in Portimão, Portugal. The project includes a karting track, technology park, five-star hotel, ...
in Portimão, which was originally intended to make a one-off return in 2020, is due to be the third round of the championship. * The
Dutch Grand Prix The Dutch Grand Prix ( nl, Grote Prijs van Nederland) is a Formula One motor racing event held at Circuit Zandvoort, North Holland, Netherlands, from 1950 to 1985 and from 2021 Formula One World Championship, 2021 onwards. It was a part of the W ...
is due to be revived, with the race scheduled to take place at the
Circuit Zandvoort Circuit Zandvoort (), known for sponsorship reasons as CM.com Circuit Zandvoort, and previously known as Circuit Park Zandvoort until 2017, is a motorsport race track located in the dunes north of Zandvoort, Netherlands, near the North Sea coast ...

Circuit Zandvoort
. The race will mark the first time the Dutch Grand Prix has been run since . The Dutch Grand Prix had been included on the calendar, but was cancelled in response to the
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. * The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is due to make its debut, with a night race to be held on a temporary circuit in the city of
Jeddah Jeddah ( ), also spelled Jedda, Jiddah or Jidda ( ; ar, جِدَّة, Jidda, ), is a city in the Hejaz The Hejaz (, also ; ar, ٱلْحِجَاز, al-Ḥijāz, lit=the Barrier, ) is a region in the west of Saudi Arabia (''Shahada ...

Jeddah
. Further plans to move the Grand Prix to Qiddiya in 2023 were also made public. The race is scheduled to take place at night, the third venue to host a night race after the
Singapore Singapore (), officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign state, sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude () north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bor ...
and Bahrain Grands Prix. * The Vietnamese Grand Prix would have made its debut, with the race scheduled to take place in the capital
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Hanoi
on the . The Vietnamese Grand Prix had been included on the calendar, but was cancelled in response to the
COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic A pandemic (from , , "all" and , , "local people" the 'crowd') is an of an that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple or worldwide, affecting a substantial numbe ...
. The Grand Prix was dropped from the 2021 calendar because of the arrest on corruption charges of a Hanoi's People's Committee Chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung, a key official responsible for organising the race. Further changes to the calendar are planned following the disruption to the 2020 championship brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic: * The
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan (, ; az, Azərbaycan ), officially the Republic of Azerbaijan ( az, Azərbaycan Respublikası ), is a country in the Transcaucasia, Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it is boun ...
,
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and Singapore Grands Prix return to the calendar. These Grands Prix were removed from the re-issued 2020 schedule because of the logistical difficulties associated with establishing a
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on short notice. * The
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, Brazilian,
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,
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, French,
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and United States Grands Prix also return. The 2020 races, together with the debut of the Mexico City Grand Prix, were cancelled because of the pandemic. The Brazilian Grand Prix will be renamed as the São Paulo Grand Prix in deference to the increased involvement from local government. * The 70th Anniversary,
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,
Sakhir Sakhir ( ) is a desert A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. The lack of vegetation exposes the unprotected surface of the gr ...
, Styrian,
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and Tuscan Grands Prix are not included in the list of 2021 planned races. These Grands Prix were specifically introduced into the 2020 calendar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that as many races as possible could be held. Liberty Media was also reported to have come to an
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with race organisers to host a second race in the United States. Plans to hold the race at a circuit in Miami Gardens were unveiled. A second proposal to move the
Brazilian Grand Prix The São Paulo Grand Prix ( pt, Grande Prêmio de São Paulo), previously known as the Brazilian Grand Prix ( pt, Grande Prêmio do Brasil) is a Formula One championship race which is currently held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Inte ...
from
São Paulo São Paulo (, ; Portuguese for 'Saint Paul') is a city in the Southeast Region, Brazil, Southeast Region of Brazil. Listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, GaWC as an global city, alpha global city, the Municipalities of ...

São Paulo
to a new circuit in
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Rio de Janeiro
was also suspended.


Calendar changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The original calendar that was approved by the
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included the
Chinese Grand Prix The Chinese Grand Prix () is a round of the Formula One World Championship. It is currently held at the Shanghai International Circuit, Jiading, Shanghai Shanghai (, , Standard Chinese, Standard Mandarin pronunciation: ) is one of the ...
, which was due to take place on 11 April. However, the event was postponed due to travel restrictions related to the
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COVID-19 pandemic
. The at the
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, better known as Imola, is a motor racing Motorsport, motorsports or motor sport is a global term used to encompass the group of competitive sporting Sporting may refer to: *Sport, recreatio ...

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
in
Imola Imola (; rgn, Jômla or ) is a city and ''comune The (; plural: ) is a Administrative division, local administrative division of Italy, roughly equivalent to a township or municipality. Importance and function The provides essential ...

Imola
, which was originally intended to be a one-off Grand Prix in
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, was retained in its place. Additionally, the
Australian Grand Prix The Australian Grand Prix, is a motor race held annually in Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australian conti ...
, which had been due to take place on 21 March as the inaugural Grand Prix of the championship, was postponed to 21 November because of the pandemic. The dates for the
São Paulo São Paulo (, ; Portuguese for 'Saint Paul') is a city in the Southeast Region, Brazil, Southeast Region of Brazil. Listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, GaWC as an global city, alpha global city, the Municipalities of ...
,
Saudi Arabian Saudis ( ar, سعوديون ''Suʿūdiyyūn'') or Saudi Arabians are a nation A nation is a community of people formed on the basis of a common language, history, ethnicity, or a common culture, and, in many cases, a shared territory. A nation ...
and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix were changed to accommodate this.


Regulation changes

The 2021 championship was due to introduce significant changes to the regulations, including the sport's governance, car designs and the sporting rules but these were delayed in March 2020 in response to the disruption caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic A pandemic (from , , "all" and , , "local people" the 'crowd') is an of an that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple or worldwide, affecting a substantial numbe ...

COVID-19 pandemic
. These rule changes will instead be introduced in .


Financial regulation

The championship is due to introduce a budget cap, with teams limited to spending a maximum of $145 million per year. Teams will be required to use more commercially available materials and to submit their annual expenditure. Some teams argued to further reduce the budget cap to $100 million, citing concerns that the long-term financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the future of as many as four teams. Formula One managing director
Ross Brawn Ross James Brawn (born 23 November 1954) is a British Formula One Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of international racing for single-seater An open-wheel car (formula car, or often single-seater car i ...

Ross Brawn
stated that the sport's intention is to reduce the budget cap further in the coming years. The value of the budget cap is set for twenty-one races; each additional race increases the budget cap by $1 million, and vice versa: each race removed from the scheduled twenty-one race calendar deducts the budget cap by $1 million. However, the budget cap does not include marketing budget, driver's salary and the salaries of the team's top three executives. There will be additional restrictions put in place dictating how prize money can be spent. The cap will only apply to expenditure related to car performance, which will remain in place until 2026. In the event that a team breaks the financial regulations, the team can be penalised in a combination of three separate ways. For a procedural violation teams will be fined on a case-by-case basis. Teams can be given a range of punishments for exceeding their annual budget which include being deducted championship points, having reduced testing time, a race ban, or—for the most severe cases—disqualification from the championship.


Technical regulations

Teams will be limited in what components can be modified for the 2021 season, with this requirement introduced to ease financial pressures on teams brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams can apply for special dispensation to make changes, most notably in the case of
McLaren McLaren Racing Limited is a British motor racing Motorsport, motorsports or motor sport is a global term used to encompass the group of competitive sporting events which primarily involve the use of motorised vehicles, whether for racin ...

McLaren
who were given permission to modify their car to accommodate the switch from
Renault Groupe Renault ( , , , also known as the Renault Group in English; legally Renault S.A.) is a French multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries * Multinati ...
to
Mercedes Mercedes may refer to: People * Mercedes (name), a Spanish feminine name, including a list of people and fictional characters with the given name or last name Automobile-related * Mercedes (marque), the pre-1926 brand name of German automobile mo ...
engines. This prompted the FIA to introduce a token system whereby teams will be given a series of tokens which can be exchanged for the introduction of specific component upgrades. However, some aerodynamic rule changes were enacted by the FIA. The floor of the cars will be 'clipped' in order to reduce downforce for 2021. In 2020 the floor was permitted to run in a straight line from an area adjacent to the cockpit back to a point ahead of the rear tyre. However, from 2021 that point ahead of the tyre will be moved inboard, making the floor edge a diagonal line when viewed from above. This change is expected to reduce downforce levels by 5%. Further, some slots on the edge of the floor will be removed, brake duct winglets will be narrowed by and diffuser fences will be narrowed by . These three changes are expected to reduce downforce levels by a further 5%, meaning the 2021 regulations will see a total 10% reduction in downforce. However, it is expected that teams will increase downforce by 4–5% over the winter, so the anticipated overall downforce reduction is approximately 5%. The "dual-axis steering" system developed by
Mercedes Mercedes may refer to: People * Mercedes (name), a Spanish feminine name, including a list of people and fictional characters with the given name or last name Automobile-related * Mercedes (marque), the pre-1926 brand name of German automobile mo ...
in 2020 is banned starting from 2021. The dual-axis steering system allows the driver to adjust the
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of the front wheels to optimise mechanical grip by pulling or pushing on the steering wheel.


Sporting regulations

Teams will be required to allow a driver who has competed in fewer than two Grands Prix to replace one of their race drivers in a Friday practice session over the course of the season. Whilst these rules are intended to give a chance to more non-Formula One drivers to test a Formula One car, the wording of this rule means that teams satisfy the requirement if one of their regular drivers is in their rookie season. Following
Mercedes Mercedes may refer to: People * Mercedes (name), a Spanish feminine name, including a list of people and fictional characters with the given name or last name Automobile-related * Mercedes (marque), the pre-1926 brand name of German automobile mo ...
' tyre error during the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, where George Russell was given front tyres allocated to
Valtteri Bottas Valtteri Viktor Bottas (; born 28 August 1989) is a Finland, Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes-Benz in Formula One, Mercedes, Formula One drivers from Finland, racing under the Finnish flag. Having previousl ...
during a pit stop, the FIA has adjusted the rules on tyre usage; drivers using mixed compound sets or using sets allocated to another driver on their cars will be permitted to complete two laps before the driver must pit to correct the error before facing a penalty. Under the previous rules, drivers could be disqualified as soon as such error had occurred. The race time limit for red flagged races will also be reduced from 4 hours to 3 hours.


Race weekend structure

For the 2021 season the schedule of a race weekend is due to be revised. Under the pre-existing regulations a race weekend spans four days with the Thursday before the race being reserved for media and promotional events and scrutineering; however, under the new regulations all of Thursday's events will be moved to the Friday morning with the times between Friday's activities being reduced. Cars will be under ''
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'' conditions following the end of free practice three instead of qualifying, further restricting teams and drivers making major changes to setups ahead of the race. The length of the two Friday practice sessions will be cut from 90 minutes (as had been the case since the season) to 60 minutes. The 2021 W Series for female drivers has been added to the list of support racing series alongside Formula 2, Formula 3 and
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. The 2021 W Series season will start at
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Circuit Paul Ricard
where it will be a support event for the
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in late June and will end in Mexico City in late October, supporting the debut of the Mexico City Grand Prix. FIA Formula 2 Championship, Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championship, Formula 3 will support Formula One on alternate weekends, rather than the same ones as a cost saving measure.


Proposed changes

Teams will discuss and vote on the trialling of Saturday sprint races at some Grands Prix. The proposal states that qualifying for these sprint races would take place on Friday afternoon in place of the normal second free practice session and that the races would be approximately one third of a full Grand Prix distance with drivers in the top eight places receiving points and the total points allocation about half that of a full Grand Prix. If the trial is approved and is successful it is proposed that sprint races will be introduced across a wider number of events for the season.


Season summary


Pre-season

Winter testing switched from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmeló to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, with three days of running beginning on 12 March. Formula One declined an offer from Bahrain to provide Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations for all personnel attending pre-season testing and the season's opening Grand Prix. However, several teams and drivers opted to accept the Bahrain government's offer.


Results and standings


Grands Prix


Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top ten classified drivers and the driver who set the fastest lap. The driver with the fastest lap has to be within the top 10 to receive the point. In the case of a tie on points a countback system is used where the driver with the best results is ranked higher, if the best result is identical then the next best result is considered. The points are awarded for every race using the following system:


World Drivers' Championship standings


World Constructors' Championship standings


Notes


References


External links

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