Formula One: While Hamilton defines his continuity in Mercedes and Vettel prepares to arrive at Aston Martin, Schumacher looks for a seat in F1, and Verstappen waits to know who will be his teammate in 2021
2021 comes with many modifications in Formula One. Two teams will change their names, and there will be a profound movement of drivers. The transfer market still has nine seats available, and rumors are skyrocketing. Subsequent to affirming the arrival of Fernando Alonso to the classification and the appearance of Sebastian Vettel in Aston Martin, the most energizing inquiries are fixated on what will occur the fate of champion Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes, in realizing who will be Max Verstappen’s accomplice in Red Bull and the distinct chance of recruiting Mick Schumacher.
THE CONFIRMED MOVEMENTS IN FORMULA ONE
The domino effect in the category began in May when Ferrari surprised the world, giving low to the German Sebastian Vettel to hire Carlos Sainz Jr. The seat left free by the Spanish was covered with the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who created a gap in Renault (Alpine from 2021) for the return to the category of the two-time champion Fernando Alonso.
In this wave of transfer, Vettel remained without a team for next year until, in the last hours, he confirmed what an open secret was: in 2021, he will be part of Aston Martin, a team that today bears the name of Racing Point.
This is how Formula One seats are for next year. Thus, only four of the ten Formula One team have their two confirmed drivers: Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, and Williams.
IS MICK SCHUMACHER ARRIVING?
Mick Schumacher is part of the Ferrari Drivers Academy.
The 21-year-old German is having a brilliant season in Formula 2. Mattia Binotto, Ferrari director, has already acknowledged that they could find him a smaller team in F1 to add experience. All roads lead to the possibility of replacing a Kimmi Räikkönen, who at 40 is seriously considering retirement after 18 seasons in the division.
Alfa Romeo has not affirmed both of its two drivers for the present, so there are a few possibilities for those positions: the ebb and flow Räikkönen, and the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi realize that they have the Schumacher as referenced before in the shadows, yet also other youthful abilities of the F2 who are important for the Ferrari Driver Academy, for example, the British Callum Ilott (21 years of age, pioneer of the Drivers’ Championship) and the Russian Shwartzman (20 years of age, third in the competition).
It should not be overlooked that Haas – another team to which Ferrari provides the engines as with Alfa Romero – did not tell who its drivers will be for 2021. The options are endless and range from the continuity of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean to the hiring of the Mexican Checo Pérez, who just said goodbye to Racing Point. In such a case, there is only one certainty provided by its director Gunther Steiner: “Whoever is in the car in 2021, should also be in 2022. It is the only thing I can say. The rest is open”.
Nor can it be ruled out for either of the two teams to the German Nico Hülkenberg, who spent his last years at Renault until he was left without a team in 2020 and only ran one race at Racing Point as a substitute for a Pérez who had tested positive for COVID- 19.
Pierre Gasly could once again sit in command of a Red Bull
Following the departure of Daniel Ricciardo in 2019, Red Bull still failed to hit the young wonder Max Verstappen’s teammate. Initially, Pierre Gasly was appointed, but in the middle of the season, they were unhappy with his performance and sent him to the second team, placing the Thai Alexander Albon in his place.
The roles could be reversed by 2021. Onboard the Alpha Tauri, the Frenchman shows his full potential to the point that he managed to win a Formula One race for the first time last weekend at Monza. In the Drivers’ Championship, Gasly is 8th, just five points behind Albon (6th), who has a considerably better car. This scenario could cause their names to be swapped on the team. “I think I’m ready, but as I said, it’s not up to me to make that decision,” Pierre put pressure on during the last days.
However, there is one more variant on the table within that double team: the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda, a member of the energy drink company’s youth driver academy. He is currently fourth in the Formula 2 competition and is the best-placed representative of the team in the second echelon of F1. The growing rumor is that the Asian could make the jump to the big leagues next season to relieve Russian Daniil Kvyat, Gasly’s teammate in Alpha Tauri.
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