The Formula 1 it is approaching a new era and is preparing in every aspect for it. Pilots included. And is that the grid will also undergo changes thinking about what is coming from 2021. A new batch of competitors is ready to make the leap and some teams still have a place in their pits for next season.
There are five teams that already have their squads closed for 2021. The first of them is Ferrari who will continue to bet on Charles Leclerc (23 years) another year and will add to their ranks Carlos Sainz (26). In McLaren, the vacancy of the Spanish pilot will be filled Daniel Ricciardo (31) that will be paired with Lando Norris (20).
In third place is the Renault team, which will be renamed Alpine the next season. The French will have Fernando Alonso (39), who aspires to be the oldest driver on the grid. At the moment, it is one of those that are already confirmed for next year. Next to the Asturian driver on his return to Formula 1 will be Esteban Ocon (24).
Fernando Alonso, inside the 2020 Renault F1
The two teams that are also ‘closed’ are Aston Martin Y Williams. The first, the current Racing Point, will feature Sebastian Vettel (33) after his departure from Ferrari. The German pilot occupies the place of ‘Checo’ Pérez in the return of the British brand to the Great Circus and at his side he will remain Lance Stroll (twenty-one). Williams is the only team of the five already closed that will continue next year with its two current drivers: George Russell (22) and Nicholas latifi (25).
Of the ten drivers already confirmed for 2021, there are six who are not over 25 years old and only three are over 30. Already with them you can see the downward trend that the grid is taking in terms of age as it prepares for a new stage in the Formula 1 World Championship.
Mercedes, the dominator of the last six years (and on the way to the seventh in a row) in both the drivers ‘and constructors’ world championships, will continue with Valteri Bottas (31), but the continuity of Lewis Hamilton (35). The English driver, who is on his way to his seventh world championship, will renew if the rumors that point to an extension of three years and 20 million per season are confirmed.
The Red Bull debate
Another team of the greats that has not yet closed its team is Red Bull. Yes it is confirmed that the head in the box will be Max Verstappen (23), but his partner is unknown. Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have lost confidence in Alex Albon (24) and they will not ride any of their Alpha Tauri pilots. So in the Asturian brand they look out for the first time and point to one of the trio of applicants that they form ‘Czech’ Pérez (30), Nico Hulkenberg (33) and Kevin Magnussen (28). Veteran to accompany Max … if he doesn’t renew Albon by surprise.
Formula 2 pulls down the door
For the rest of the vacancies (in principle four) very young names crowd, coming from Formula 2, ready to make the jump to the highest category. Alpha Tauri, Alfa Romeo and Haas are the teams in question. And the aspiring pilots would be Mick Schumacher (21), Nikita mazepin (21), Robert Shwartzman (21), Callum Ilott (21) and Yuki Tsunoda (20).
Alpha Tauri has already confirmed to Pierre Gasly (24) for next year, but not to Daniil Kvyat (26). Should Kvyat leave, his replacement would be clear: Tsanoda. It’s what Honda wants. Alfa Romeo, for its part, will initially renew Kimi Raikkonen (41), who would continue as the ‘grandfather’ of the grill. It will be difficult for you to retain your current seat Antonio Giovinazzi (26) and if he does not do so, he will give the green light to the jump to F1 of the heir of the ‘Kaiser’ Mick Schumacher. His name is one of the most anticipated in years.
Finally there are the Haas F1. Neither Romain Grosjean nor Magnussen will follow. The first will leave the Great Circus and the second aspires to continue with another team on the grid although it will be difficult. The two cars available are up for ‘auction’ and the best placed is the young Russian Mazepin, accompanied by his father’s fortune. For the other free site, it will be necessary to see if Haas bets on another of the young people waiting at the door or on the veteran of some old (or not so old) known from the World Cup.
The F1 grid for 2021
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (not yet renewed) and Valtteri Bottas.
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
Red Bull: Max Verstappen and free seat.
McLaren: Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
Alpine: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.
Alpha Tauri: Pierre Gasly and free seat.
Aston Martin (Racing Point): Sebastian Vettel y Lance Stroll.
Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen (not yet renewed) and free seat.
Haas: Two free seats.
Williams: George Russell and Nicholas Latifi
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