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F1 grid complete! The new-look 2021 field

Get up to speed with the new look of the Formula 1 grid for 2021 with eight seats changing hands and two teams changing name. Four world champions, three rookies and absolutely no shortage of exciting team-mate match-ups ahead from March

Last Updated: 08/02/21 2:42pm

MERCEDES: HAMILTON* & BOTTAS

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Engine: Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton finally has his new contract in place to begin his assault on a record eighth world title in 2021, where he will be joined in the sister Mercedes by Valtteri Bottas who stays on for a fifth consecutive campaign after agreeing a one-year extension in August. Both drivers are on single-season deals.

RED BULL: VERSTAPPEN & PEREZ

Drivers: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez

Engine: Honda

For the first time since 2007, Red Bull have gone outside their tried-and-trusted driver development programme to fill one of their seats after Sergio Perez saved from what would have been a unwarranted year on the sidelines just before Christmas. The long-time Racing Point/Force India driver, who finally became an F1 winner last month, becomes the latest driver to take on the formidable challenge of being team-mate to Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s established team leader. Honda start their final year in F1, but Red Bull remain hopeful of being able to take over the Japanese manufacturer’s engine into 2022.

MCLAREN: RICCIARDO & NORRIS

Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris

Engine: Mercedes

Two big arrivals at the upwardly-mobile Woking squad for 2021 – proven race winner Daniel Ricciardo and, seven years after their long running partnership ended, Mercedes engines. Lando Norris, still only 21, will compete in his third season in F1 after an impressive first two years of his career up against former team-mate Carlos Sainz.

ASTON MARTIN: VETTEL & STROLL

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll

Engine: Mercedes

Gone is the Racing Point name of the past two years to be replaced by that of the world-renowned Aston Martin, with both entities now under the same ownership. The high-profile rebrand is accompanied by the significant arrival of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari, with Lance Stroll staying alongside for his third season at his father’s team.

ALPINE: ALONSO & OCON

Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon

Engine: Renault

A mix of the past and future here at what was Renault for 2021. Fernando Alonso returns for a third spell at Enstone after two years away from F1 but the team name and image are undergoing a rebrand. Alpine is the name of Renault’s sporty car brand. After a challenging single year next to Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon now faces an even more successful F1 driver as his team-mate.

FERRARI: LECLERC & SAINZ

Drivers: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz

Engine: Ferrari

There may not be a world champion in Ferrari’s line-up at the start of the season for just the second time in the last quarter of a century, but in Charles Leclerc and new signing Carlos Sainz they have two of the best drivers of F1’s new generation. Leclerc usurped Vettel as the Scuderia’s team leader over the past two seasons and Sainz, a fast and accomplished performer in his own right, will provide a fresh challenge.

ALPHATAURI: GASLY & TSUNODA

Drivers: Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda

Engine: Honda

Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda arrives to join Monza race winner Pierre Gasly after impressing the team last year in his test outings for them and a race-winning rookie season of F2. Gasly has re-established his career back at the team since mid-2019 and developed into one of F1’s most consistent drivers. Like sister team Red Bull, AlphaTauri enter the final year of their present engine arrangement.

ALFA ROMEO: RAIKKONEN & GIOVINAZZI

Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi

Engine: Ferrari

One of only three teams staying with an unchanged line-up, Alfa Romeo will continue to blend the unmatched F1 experience of 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen, 41, and the improving Antonio Giovinazzi for the third year in a row. The big focus will be on trying to improve the team’s competitiveness after a tough 2020.

HAAS: MAZEPIN & SCHUMACHER

Drivers: Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher

Engine: Ferrari

In a complete change of driver direction accelerated by the financial impact of the global pandemic, Haas have swapped 300 Grands Prix worth of experience in their line-up for an all-rookie pairing. Planning for the future towards the 2022 rules overhaul, F2 champion and Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher is joined by Russian Nikita Mazepin.

WILLIAMS: RUSSELL & LATIFI

Drivers: George Russell and Nicholas Latifi

Engine: Mercedes

George Russell is the team’s exciting lead driver and will enter the third and final year of his contract at Williams, with Mercedes possibly coming calling for 2022. Nicholas Latifi remains for a second term, when both drivers and the famous team will be bidding to turn 2020 progress back into points in the first full year of its new ownership era.

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