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MountainTiger
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Formula 1 2021 Season Thread
It's time. Let's get the new season started.

The Grid

Driver and Team Lineup

Vettel moves to Aston Martin, Ricciardo to McLaren, Perez to Red Bull and Sainz to Ferrari. Haas has a whole new lineup in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. AlphaTauri brings in Yuki Tsunoda to replace Kvyat. Last but certainly not least, Fernando Alonso returns to F1 in the Alpine team.

Rules Changes

1. No slots in the floor
2. Smaller rear brake duct winglets
3. Smaller diffuser fences
The above changes are intended to reduce aero grip and make it easier for cars to follow closely behind another car.
4. Cost cap
5. Sliding scale limits on aerodynamic testing
6. Higher minimum weight restrictions
These changes will hopefully make the sport more competitive.
7. No copying of parts (suck it Aston Martin)
8. New tire compounds
9. No DAS (suck it Mercedes)
10. Automatic tire allocations
11. FP1 & FP2 now 60 minutes instead of 90
12. New "greener" materials allowed such as bamboo, hemp and flax
13. Larger (18") rims and lower profile tires

Read more on rules changes

Calendar

Pre-season testing schedule and race calendar

This year there are only 3 days of testing as opposed to 6-8 days. Also the testing has been moved to Bahrain from Barcelona. I like the shorter test time. Should throw a spanner into the works to some degree. The teams will still be trying to figure out their cars a few races into the season.

Also we have a 23(!) race calendar this year. They will start at Bahrain two weeks after test week. Australia has been moved back to late in the year, there are new venues in Saudi Arabia (subject to circuit homologation) and at Zandvoort. Imola is back on the calendar again. No German GP. Also the Hanoi street race from last year has been dropped from this year's calendar (so far).

This Year's Cars

McLaren
McLaren livery reveal video
Pics on Instagram
Daniel driving a lap at Silverstone
The McLaren secrets revealed at its F1 shakedown

AlphaTauri
AlphaTauri car launch
More from motorsport.com
Five takeaways
Shakedown run at Imola

Alfa Romeo
Car Reveal
More photos
First take

Red Bull
RB16B Unveiling
Red Bull presents its 2021 car
Checo's debut
Reaction

Mercedes
Season launch
More unveiling
What are they hiding?

Alpine (formerly Renault)
Alpine reveal (best livery so far, IMO)
Alpine presents the A521
Inside the A521
Shakedown run
Inside look

Aston Martin (formerly Racing Point)
The AMR21 unveiled
First Aston Martin F1 car in over 60 years
Vettel's shakedown run

Haas
Haas unveiling
Haas reveals 2021 livery

Williams
First look at the new Williams
FW43B revealed
Tech changes in the FW43B
Shakedown run at Silverstone

Ferrari
First look at the SF21
Ferrari unveiling

Image: https://i.redd.it/it6m48vsi8m61.png
This post was edited on 3/10 at 2:00 pm


Tbonepatron
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In! Let’s gooooo!!!


VABuckeye
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In!!!! Vrooooom


contraryman
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I don’t contribute much but read the thread religiously.


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Lsut81
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Lets Go!!!

Best news I’ve heard thus far is Redbull getting Honda specs for their own PU


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kengel2
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I dont think anyone tops mercedes again.

But i do think that the 2- say 6 pack will be extremely competitive.

Also, does William finally claw their way out of last? Haas definitely has their work cut out to keep that from happening.


buzwa
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Let's go Haas!


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theone
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In!!

Excellent post Mountain thanks for starting us off.

Edit:

Agree on disliking rule 10 in your list. I liked the tire options and letting teams go for it not sure the advantages of changing it, assume costs. In general, I like seeing the teams have as many options as possible.
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theone
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Predictions!

1. Merc ( I think RB is closer though)
2. RB (car will be better, Sergio same as Albion)
3. Mclaren. (Strong maybe here)
4. Aston Martin (baby Stroll cost them 3rd)
5. Ferrari (drivers brurt force to 5 via Biatto f-ups)
6. Toro Rosso (engines!)
7. Alpine (Alonso disruption factor)
8. Alfa (At least Kimi still here)
9. Williams ( money, good engine and George)
10. Haas (bunch of wankers)


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Whooohooo!


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MountainTiger
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not sure the advantages of changing it, assume costs

It had to have been something Pirelli wanted. The other part of that is that Pirelli only has to notify the teams of which compounds will be on offer 2 weeks before the race. It used to be 9 weeks for European events and 15 weeks for the fly-away races. I think that change has more to do with Covid than anything else in case the schedule starts getting rearranged mid-season.
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Almost time for the quest for 8!!


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WildcatMike
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Captain Crackysack
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Hopefully USGP will be full tilt by oct 24th. Might have to take a road trip


Them
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Here for Haas.

If Schumacher does anything even resembling living up to the family name, it’ll be a very good season.


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TheOfficial
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In!! Can’t wait!


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Cocotheape
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Hoping McLaren can take the next step this year, but not sure since they had to use development tokens on fitting the merc engine.

Need lots of wet races this year, the only thing that slows Merc down

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GumpInLex
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This is legit the most excited i’ve been for any sport to start back since i can remember.

Really hope McLaren has adapted to the new Mercedes PU and don’t fall behind.

I’m half Australian, so definitely love seeing my boy Danny Ricc with the team.

The wife (no pics) is Thai and we really like Alex Albon as well. Shame he’s been relegated to reserve driver, but i honestly believe unless RB get their shite together with the suspension and make the car more stable, theres a decent chance that Sergio will be putting in similar results. I truly believe the RB16’s shitty stability showed how brilliant Of a driver Max is, moreso than it was an indictment of Alex. You could see flashes of brilliance in 2019 when the car was much more stable.

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Pretty sure the TBC date has been confirmed to be Portimao.


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