Expectations were the highest for Aston Martin and Alpine, the rebranded versions of Racing Point and Renault
By F1total.ca staff
As of Mar. 10, all F1 teams have released their challengers for the year.
Expectations were the highest for Aston Martin and Alpine, the rebranded versions of their 2020 counterparts Racing Point and Renault, respectively.
Returning to F1 after a 60-year absence, the British manufacturer revealed Stroll’s 2021 car in great style with special appearances from NFL star Tom Brady and actor Daniel Craig. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is joining the Canadian on the team.
Nicholas Latifi’s Williams presented a new livery ‘inspired by Williams’ all-conquering cars of the 1980s and 1990s’, as said in a team statement.
More livery changes
While some teams like McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull opted to carry on using the livery seen in the previous season with little to no changes, Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri and Mercedes decided to slightly change theirs.
Haas went a bit further. The American team swapped their usual black, red and white livery with Russian-flag colours, after the master sponsorship brought by rookie driver Nikita Mazepin.
The new look, however, is being investigated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). A recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) related to the Russian team doping scandal at the 2014 Winter Olympics means Mazepincan’t race under the Russian flag, use national emblems, flags or symbols, nor use the words ‘Russia’ or ‘Russian’ on his equipment.
French team Alpine also went the national route minus the controversy, revealing a car based on its country’s flag colours.
Even though McLaren presented virtually the same livery from last year, they were likely the team who had to work the hardest, having swapped Renault for Mercedes to become the only team to change engine suppliers for 2021.
Check all the new 2021 F1 cars below.
Launch: Feb. 15
Model name: MCL35M
Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris
Launch: Feb. 19
Model name: AT02
Drivers: Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda
Launch: Feb. 22
Model name: C41
Drivers: Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi
Red Bull Racing
Launch: Feb. 23
Model name: RB16B
Drivers: Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez
Launch: Mar. 2
Model name: W12
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Launch: Mar. 3
Model name: A521
Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon
Launch: Mar. 3
Model name: AMR21
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll
Launch: Mar. 4
Model name: VF-21
Drivers: Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin
Launch: Mar. 5
Model name: FW43B
Drivers: George Russell and Nicholas Latifi
Launch: Mar. 10
Model name: SF21
Drivers: Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.