Three months after the last Grand Prix was held in Abu Dhabi in 2020, the curtain on the new Formula One season in Bahrain this weekend has begun.
Will Lewis Hamilton become the first driver in history to win the eighth championship?
Will Mercedes-Benz’s dominance remain unchanged in 2021?
Will the pandemic again force certain events to be postponed or cancelled this year, including the Canadian Grand Prix?
What do Lance Stroll and his new teammate Sebastian Vettel expect from Aston Martin?
Here is an overview of the main challenges of a season that may be unpredictable.
Lewis Hamilton was the last driver in the field to formally reach an agreement with his employer Mercedes.
According to reports, negotiations are difficult, and the 36-year-old Briton is likely to decide that 2021 will be his final term. The problem of going all out after retirement.
The recent three-day preparation test in Bahrain confirmed the good performance of Red Bull and Max Verstappen sitting at the top of the results table. If the Austrian team admits that its road is promising, we must remain vigilant about the many problems that plague Mercedes in the same test. In the eyes of some observers, the German team has well hidden the game and should set a record from the first game of the season.
Due to COVID-19, the start of last year’s season was postponed for a few months, and the number of events was reduced from 22 to 17. The Australian Grand Prix originally scheduled to be held in Melbourne last week has been postponed to November, and China has given up hosting F1 for the second year in a row.
If the presentation of the first Bahrain Grand Prix at the end of this weekend is not threatened, the rest of the calendar will be very different. The situation varies from country to country, but in Europe, what is worrying is that in Europe, the next five stages will all be controversial.
There is no guarantee that F1 will land in Montreal in June, because the pandemic in Quebec has not been brought under control at the start of summer. Among other things, there is no guarantee that border closures and isolation measures will be cancelled.