2021 F1 Teams and Drivers

Below are the 10 teams and 20 drivers who will compete in the 2021 FIA Formula 1 season. Click on the links to see full biographies, profiles and career stats.


MERCEDES

Mercedes have been the team to beat in Formula 1 since the start of the V6 hybrid era. With six consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship victories, Mercedes are in the midst of record-breaking dominance. Click here for full team profile.

#44 LEWIS HAMILTON

Lewis Hamilton was making headlines as soon as he stepped into Formula 1 with the McLaren team. Seven World Championships later, the British driver is one of the sport’s greatest ever drivers in the all-conquering Mercedes.

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#77 VALTTERI BOTTAS

After four strong seasons at Williams, Valtteri Bottas stepped up to the championship-winning Mercedes team in 2017. While he has never looked able to challenge his champion team-mate over the course of a season, Bottas is a regular podium finisher and occasional race winner. 

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RED BULL

Red Bull have had a successful sixteen seasons in Formula 1. They’ve taken four drivers’ and four Constructors’ titles, and now seek title success once again with Honda power. Click here for full team profile.

#33 MAX VERSTAPPEN

Max Verstappen’s remarkable rise through the ranks had people talking before he got to Formula 1. When he did arrive, people had even more reason to talk. Now a proven race winner, the next step for the Dutchman is surely a title charge.

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#11 SERGIO PEREZ

A storming season in 2012 saw Sergio Perez promoted to a top drive in 2013. His McLaren opportunity may have come too early, but the Mexican proved his worth as one of F1’s top-performing midfield drivers during seven seasons with the Silverstone-based team. Now a race winner, Perez steps up to Red Bull in 2021. 

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McLAREN

Changing fortunes saw the once mighty McLaren team struggle with Honda power. Their switch to Renault engines saw them become best of the rest in 2019 and 2020, and the team will be hoping to continue their upward trajectory with a return to Mercedes power in 2021. Click here for full team profile.

#3 DANIEL RICCIARDO

Daniel Ricciardo is one of Formula 1’s most universally liked drivers. Known as both a smiling assassin and a Honey Badger inside the car, the Australian took several race victories with Red Bull before recording two podium finishes with Renault. In 2021, he moves to McLaren. 

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#4 LANDO NORRIS

Aside from F2 in 2018, Lando Norris won every karting and single-seater championship he competed in on his first attempt. It’s no wonder he joined the McLaren Young Driver Programme in 2017, and stepped up to Formula 1 with the team in 2019.

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ASTON MARTIN

Highly regarded as the best pound-for-pound team in Formula 1, the team based at Silverstone has a new identity for 2021. Having won a race as Racing Point in 2020, the team rebrands as Aston Martin, with Sebastian Vettel partnering Lance Stroll. Click here for full team profile.

#5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL

Sebastian Vettel became Formula 1’s youngest winner in only his second season in the sport. With a Red Bull car at its best, he dominated the pinnacle of motorsport for four seasons, before racing with Ferrari from 2015. In 2021, Vettel looks to rejuvenate his career with a move to Aston Martin. 

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#18 LANCE STROLL

He may have paid his way into the sport, but Lance Stroll’s racing CV is as respectable as those without the money. After a steady first two seasons at Williams, including a podium finish at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Stroll moved to Racing Point in 2019 and has since taken further podium finishes and a pole position. 

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ALPINE

After winning two championships in the mid 2000s, Renault returned to the sport in 2016 following a five year absence. The team becomes Alpine in 2021, with Fernando Alonso joining Esteban Ocon at the Enstone-based squad. Click here for full team profile.

#14 FERNANDO ALONSO

Despite having not won a title since the mid noughties, Fernando Alonso is fast becoming a motorsport legend. Hampered by an unreliable and uncompetitive car, the Spaniard quit McLaren and left F1 at the end of the 2018 season. He returns to the sport in 2021.

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#31 ESTEBAN OCON

Fast, reliable and highly consistent. Esteban Ocon holds the qualities of a future champion. With his potential truly showing in his first two seasons with Force India, Ocon returned to the grid in 2020 with Renault.

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FERRARI

Once the dominant force in Formula 1, Scuderia Ferrari have been without a championship victory since 2008. The team made strides forward in performance in 2018 and 2019, but were well off the pace in 2020. Can Ferrari return to form in 2021? Click here for full team profile.

#16 CHARLES LECLERC

Charles Leclerc joined Ferrari after a rookie season to remember in 2018. The 2016 GP3 and 2017 F2 champion has broken records in almost every category he has competed in. He became F1’s youngest back-to-back winner in 2019.

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#55 CARLOS SAINZ

After a glittering career in the lower ranks, Carlos Sainz delivered when he joined Formula 1 in 2015. After three years with Toro Rosso and one full season with Renault, Sainz became McLaren’s new leading Spaniard in 2019. In 2021, he moves to Ferrari. 

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ALPHATAURI

Existing as a proving ground for Red Bull’s young drivers, Toro Rosso has seen plenty of talent pass through its doors since the team was founded in 2006. The team was renamed as AlphaTauri ahead of the 2020 season. Click here for full team profile.

#10 PIERRE GASLY

The 2016 GP2 Champion was made to wait for his F1 opportunity, but it finally came late in 2017. After a number of impressive drives, Gasly joined Red Bull for the 2019 season before being demoted back to Toro Rosso after the summer break. In 2020, he took his first Grand Prix win with AlphaTauri.

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#55 YUKI TSUNODA

Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda steps up to Formula 1 with the Red Bull junior team in 2021. Tsunoda won the Japanese F4 title in 2018, before placing ninth in Formula 3 in 2019. He was awarded the Rookie of the Year award in F2 in 2020, finishing the season in third place. 

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ALFA ROMEO

Sauber have been one of F1’s most popular midfield teams since joining F1 in 1993.  The team became Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019, with Kimi Raikkonen joining alongside Italian hotshot Antionio Govinazzi. Click here for full team profile.

#7 KIMI RAIKKONEN

The ‘Ice Man’ is famously a man of few words, but his speed does plenty of talking on track. The 2007 World Champion returned to winning ways in his final season with Ferrari and in 2019 moved back to the team where he started his F1 journey.

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#99 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI

Antonio Giovinazzi finished as GP2 runner-up in 2016, but since filling in at Sauber at the start of 2017, he had little race experience. He finally stepped up to a full-time race seat alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo in 2019

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HAAS

Formula 1 has had a heightened presence in America in recent seasons thanks to the revival of the U.S. Grand Prix and the emergence of new American team Haas. The team enjoyed their best season yet with fifth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2018, but struggled in the last two seasons. Click here for full team profile.

#47 MICK SCHUMACHER

The Schumacher name returns to Formula 1 in 2021 as Mick Schumacher partakes in his maiden F1 season with Haas. Schumacher is the reigning Formula 2 champion. He also won the Formula 3 championship in 2018. 

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#9 NIKITA MAZEPIN

Haas have signed Nikita Mazepin through financial necessity rather than any truly outstanding performances in the junior formulas. The Russian driver, who received a race ban in 2016 for punching another driver, received almost enough points for a race ban in F2 in 2020 and uploaded an “abhorrent” video to his social media in late 2020, has already caused a backlash from fans and media.  

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WILLIAMS

Williams has had a history of steely determination, which has led them to nine Constructors’ Titles since they first entered the sport over forty years ago. After a tough couple of seasons, the team is hoping to move back up the competitive order. Click here for full team profile.

#63 GEORGE RUSSELL

2018 Formula 2 champion George Russell stepped up to F1 in 2019 with the Williams team. Despite not having competitive machinery, the Brit still finds ways to impress – and his one-off appearance with Mercedes in 2020 proved his star potential.

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#6 NICHOLAS LATIFI

Nicholas Latifi stepped up to Formula 1 in 2020 with Williams after a successful spell in the sport’s feeder series. He continues at the team for a second year in 2021.  

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