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Who wins the F1 World Drivers' Championship 2021?

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2021 F1 World Drivers Championship

The 2021 World Championship will see the paddock travel to a record 23 tracks across the world, in a mammoth season that will span all the way from March until the start of December. This kind of hectic schedule would take its toll on anyone, and the 20 drivers that will make up the 2021 grid have their work cut out.

Driver Changes

There has been a fair bit of interchanging between teams already announced for next season, with 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari to join Aston Martin, who are rebranding from this year’s Racing Point.

The vacant Ferrari seat will be taken by Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who is moving on from a fairly successful spell with McLaren. His McLaren seat will be taken up by Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is jumping ship from Renault after just 2 years with the French outfit.

Fernando Alonso will be returning to the sport after an extended absence to fill the second seat at Renault.

At the time of writing, the only drives officially available are both Haas seats, the Red Bull seat that is currently heled by Alex Albon, the Alpha Tauri seat currently held by Daniel Kvyat and the Mercedes seat currently held by Lewis Hamilton.

Haas look likely to give their seat to two rookies, with Mick Schumacher and Nakita Mazepin the favourites to be given the nod, but Callum Ilott is also sniffing around.

At Red Bull it remains to be seen if Alex Albon will retain the backing of the team after a poor 2020, and of they decide to pull the trigger, the available experienced duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will likely battle it out to get a drive at one of the best teams on the grid.

Likewise, with Alpha Tauri, it is uncertain whether Daniel Kvyat will be given the nod for 2021, but if he is dropped by the Italian outfit, the seat will almost certainly go to rookie Yuki Tsunoda.

At Mercedes, a new contract for Hamilton is imminent, and it would be one of sports greatest ever shocks if he is not in a silver arrow come 2021.

World Championship Challengers

The regulation freeze for 2021 means that it is very likely that Mercedes will likely be dominant again, making the World Championship a straight shootout between Lewis Hamilton and his teammate, Valteri Bottas. 7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton - which also is the odds favourite to be awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 - will be huge favourite, after dominating his teammate in recent year’s but Bottas will be out to prove a lot of doubters wrong and will undoubtedly be fired up.

Outside Mercedes, Max Verstappen and Red Bull will most likely be the nearest challengers, but their car will likely be short of being able to mount a serious challenge.

McLaren (Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo), Ferrari (Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc), Renault (Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon), and Racing Point (Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll) will all be battling out in an intriguing midfield battle in order to be named ‘best of the rest’.