What to expect from 2021 F1 winter testing
Formula 1 pre-season testing is almost here and it will provide a short and sharp blast of action in Bahrain as preparation for the 2021 season. From closely-guarded car parts to new faces, names and looks, all will be revealed over three days. Here’s what to watch out for.
Nearly 14 weeks after Formula 1 departed, the championship is returning to Bahrain this week.
The action-packed 2020 Sahkir Grand Prix will be followed by the track’s first F1 testing running in seven years, with this week’s three-day event returning to the traditional layout that will be used for the 2021 season-opening Bahrain GP (March 28).
The effect of F1’s coronavirus cost-saving measure has been seen throughout this year’s launch season, with the car designs largely carried over. At teams where no livery change has been made, the resemblances are particularly striking. This approach also meant a reduction in testing overall, with this week’s event the only chance the teams have to fully trial their 2021 challengers ahead of the first race.
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As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival
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