The Formula 1 2021 offered us quite a great season as Max Verstappen was crowned the F1 Champion 2021. He became the first Dutch racer to acquire this title and defeated his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton. Now that the Formula 1 2021 season is over, as a part of our Year Ender 2021 series, we look back at how the sport panned out for the fans. The first change that the fans witnessed was in the number of races. So, the sport's commercial rights holders, Liberty Media had said that the sport would undergo an expansion and will even go beyond 22 planned races. This year the fans witnessed 25 racers which means three circuits made their debut. Sachin Tendulkar & Rohit Sharma React After Max Verstappen Outraces Lewis Hamilton At Abu Dhabi GP to Walk Away with F1 Championship 2021 Title.
The Qatar GP, Saudi Arabia GP and Vietnamese Grand Prix were the ones who made their debut this season. The Portuguese Grand Prix 2021 and Styrian Grand Prix were supposed to be a one-off event but were on the calendar this year. The likes of Azerbaijan GP 2021, United States GP, Monaco GP, French GP that were called off due to COVID-19 witnessed a comeback into the calendar. With this, there were also a few racers that were cancelled. The Singapore GP was called off due to safety and logistic concerns. The Chinese GP which was scheduled to happen in April 2021 was also cancelled owing to the travel restrictions. Canadian GP was canned for the second consecutive year and was replaced by Turkish GP. Whereas Japanese GP was cancelled.
The season also witnessed a few transfers in 2021. The racers moved from one team to another obviously for a good opportunity. However, one of the biggest highlights was Mick Schumacher debuting in Formula 1. Check out the list of transfers this season.
|Driver||Team in 2021||Team in 2020|
|Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin- Mercedes||Ferrari|
|Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||Alpine Renault|
|Red Bull Racing||Racking Point- Mercedes|
Changes in rules in 2021
- Undoubtedly the biggest change coming in 2021 is the introduction of Formula 1's first-ever cost cap, set this season at a baseline of $145 million. In 2021, the teams could spend $147.4m. The baseline is expected to reduce furthermore to $140m.
- Also when it came to the formats of the Practice Sessions, the first two sessions were shortened to 60 minutes. Until 2020, the Free Practice Sessions lasted for 90 minutes.
- The Technical Regulations have been opened up to allow new ‘green’ materials to play a part in the sport. The FIA gave a green light to flax, hemp, linen, cotton [and] bamboo.
- The FIA introduced a slight change in the weight of cars which need to be reduced and the power units were increased.
- Yet another change was the sliding scale for aerodynamics were introduced.
Formula 1 2021 Championship
The Formula 1 2021 Championship came to a very interesting juncture where the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 became the deciding factor for the title winner. Both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were on the score of 369.5 and in the shocking turn of events, Max Verstappen was crowned as the champion.
That's well we have for now. If you think that we have missed out on any of the highlights of 2021 in Formula 1, do feel free to leave your comments below. We wish our fans a Very Happy New Year.
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