He's such a name in the sport and has been for so … You will be logged out and redirected to the homepage. Ricciardo’s arrival reverses his decision of two years ago, when he turned down McLaren in favour of Renault. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula One with Renault in 2021, with a deal expected to be announced on Wednesday. He could have been celebrating victory having led the most laps in the race, but his pace and racecraft will not have escaped the decision-makers at Mercedes. Alongside him will remain Lance Stroll who has scored the only podium for Racing Point in a season that the team appears more competitive than ever. F1 driver line-up 2021: Confirmed grid of drivers for next year so far – plus latest predictions and rumours ... and what is sure to be an exciting team to watch in 2021. Nikita Mazepin will take one seat in a multi-year deal. For example, in 2012 and 2013 Kimi Raikkonen drove for the team then operating under the name of Lotus and the same goes for Romain Grosjean. Hulkenberg was active for Renault between 2017 and 2019. Daniel Ricciardo moves to Sainz’s McLaren seat next year, and Sebastian Vettel will … However, after sealing a seventh championship in Istanbul, Hamilton said that he wanted to remain Formula 1 with Mercedes, where he could continue championing diversity and sustainability. “Already my picture was getting clearer,” he said, and then went on to say that he had options for 2022 if he didn’t drive next year. And how will he compare to Norris, who made the podium in this year’s opening race in Austria? The four-time World Drivers' Champion will have raced for the team for six seasons. He has already said that he will step away from F1 next season if Red Bull doesn’t come calling. According to several sources, Ferrari and McLaren will present their new driver today. Horner said in Bahrain that that going up against Verstappen is a “tall order” and that issues with the car have “made life particularly difficult”, so Albon will have been encouraged by his performance in Abu Dhabi after he qualified within 0.33sec of Verstappen and finished fourth, 1.5sec behind Hamilton. While the team hasn’t officially confirmed these rumors, all … ... F1 drivers in awe of 'incredible' Imola circuit. Oddly enough,... Yuki Tsunoda was officially presented on Tuesday as the new driver for AlphaTauri in 2021. “I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. Foggy weather prevented that, and he’s now Haas-bound. Tsunoda will become the first Japanese driver in Formula 1 since Kamui Kobayashi in 2014. According to the latest reports from Motorsport-total.com, Valtteri Bottas is in touch with Renault over a potential deal for 2021. YA ES LUNES ! The curtain now seems to have really fallen for Daniil Kvyat. Posted on 15th September 2019, 8:12 8th July 2020, 9:28 Author Dieter Rencken Categories 2021 F1 drivers and teams articles, 2021 F1 season articles Tags F1, formula 1, formula one, Renault, renault formula 1 team. With Daniel Ricciardo leaving, Renault needs a top driver to lead the team from next season. While Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign his … Carlos Sainz will take Vettel's seat at the Scuderia, with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo to replace Sainz at McLaren. He had been set to conduct FP1 for Alfa Romeo at the Eifel GP with many believing it to be part of a bedding-in process ahead of next season. Renault will announce next Wednesday who will sit next to Esteban Ocon at Renault in 2021. Alongside him will be the current Formula 2 championship leader Mick Schumacher, a Ferrari Academy Driver whose appointment has been smoothed by Haas’s Ferrari engine deal. Enter Tsunoda, who has been proving himself in F2 all year. The 2020 F1 World Championship season is finally underway but teams are still looking ahead to the 2021 F1 grid campaign as they steadily roll out driver … It had been in the air... As expected, Yuki Tsunoda is Pierre Gasly's new teammate at AlphaTauri. His Covid diagnosis has delayed negotiations but after clinching his seventh F1 title in Turkey, said that he wants to stay with the team into 2021. It will fuel suggestions that his father, Dmitry is interested in buying the team outright. Is there a late twist to the 2020 silly season? ESPN understands the … With Mercedes engines next year and an improving chassis. “I probably caused a bit of confusion last week,” said Roberts. Full breakdown of drivers, points and current positions. The last races gave Albon a chance “to demonstrate that he’s absolutely the right guy to be in that car alongside Max next year,” said team principal Christian Horner. Driver reaction to Fernando Alonso's 2021 F1 comeback. Vettel will replace Perez and drive alongside Lance Stroll at the renamed Aston Martin team in 2021. It followed a tricky Sakhir race where he failed to reach Q3, offering little reassurance that he could play a key role in a Constructors’ Championship campaign. Daniel Ricciardo has been branded an F1 "A-lister" who reclaimed his elite driver status this season, his Renault finale before joining McLaren. It’s the end of the road for Haas’s current drivers. Abiteboul recently talked up the possibility of one of Renault's academy drivers moving into F1, a goal it had publicly targeted for the 2021 season. The jostling for driver positions in 2021 comes with the 2020 season yet to begin due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the announcement, Vettel’s deal was said to take him beyond the 2021 season so the German is set to race under the new regulations that will be introduced in 2022. I would love to stay,” he said. Jolyon Palmer and Pastor Maldonado also meet the description, but do not seem to be serious candidates. Daniel Ricciardo’s decision to leave after what will have been two campaigns with the French team to race for McLaren alongside Lando Norris, with Carlos Sainz vacating the seat to drive for Ferrari for 2021, has left Renault in need of a new driver. Despite George Russell’s impressive performance in the Sakhir race, there doesn’t appear to be space for him at the team next year. Nikita Mazepin and Ferrari Academy driver Mick Schumacher, who is currently leading the F2 championship, have signed multi-year deals. We’re very happy with them and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”. “I feel like we have a lot of work to do here,” he said. You can immediately use your account and comment on the news items. Several sources report that today and it already seems clear who it could be. Mercedes drivers F1 2021 Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are currently out of contract at the end of the 2020 season. Hamilton’s future is linked to that of Wolff, who is also out of contract at the end of the year. to head both of his Ferrari Driver Academy rivals in Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman, who led for the first half of the season. Thank you for signing up! Yuki Tsunoda will make the step up from Formula 2 to F1 next season with AlphaTauri, replacing Daniil Kvyat at the team. His second F1 podium at the Italian Grand Prix was just the latest bit of proof that the Spaniard has finally hit his stride in F1, and Leclerc will have a more than capable team-mate alongside him next season. As part of a celebration of Renault's spell in F1, with the Enstone-based team being rebranded as Alpine in 2021, Alonso is showing off his 2005 title-winning R25 in Abu Dhabi. Mick Schumacher leads the F2 championship with Callum Ilott his closest challenger, but the latter will not be making the step up to F1 next season. While most teams have already sewn up their line-ups for the second season with the current cars (the COVID-19 pandemic having pushed new regulations back to 2022), but a few places remain. Williams’ acting team principal, Simon Roberts moved to quell speculation that the team was considering changing its 2021 line-up after his comments at the pre-Portuguese GP press conference suggested George Russell and Nicholas Latifi’s futures might not be as secure as first thought. Throughout his career, the blue striped lid had become his calling card. The two-time Formula 1 champion is back. After George Russell’s strong stand-in performance at the Sakhir Grand Prix, he is the leading candidate to step in to any vacancy Mercedes. Ilott was in the running for a Formula 1 drive in 2021 as he fought fellow Ferrari Academy driver Michael Schumacher in the F2 championship. READ MORE: DRIVER MARKET: ‘No urgency’ in sorting Hamilton and Bottas contracts, says Wolff Renault has not ruled out chasing Sebastian Vettel as an option for 2021 if it loses Daniel Ricciardo to a rival outfit, but the French team still wants to prioritise youth. However it is not unusual for contracts to be subject to … According to the latest reports, Renault could announce a former driver as Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement for 2021. Read more: Max Verstappen extends Red Bull contract to 2023 F1 season, Norris and Ricciardo: team-mates for 2021. “I’m sorry about that. “This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans. Renault will become known as the Alpine F1 Team from 2021 onward, following a number of changes across the Renault Group divisions, and will be running a blue livery next year. In the F1 Social... Max Verstappen's victory in Abu Dhabi immediately raised expectations for 2021. Fernando Alonso has reportedly begun talks to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Renault F1 with Liberty Media ‘happy to pay a part’ of the Spaniard’s wages.. Sainz will be the successor of Vettel at Ferrari and Ricciardo will fill his place at … This story has been edited to reflect this new information. Contract negotiations were due to start after the championships were decided —  until Hamilton’s Covid diagnosis. McLaren were able to secure third place in the Constructors' Championship after a rock-solid final Grand Prix in... Robert Doornbos hopes that Sergio Perez will be able to take the seat next to Max Verstappen at Red Bull Racing... F1 Social Stint | McLaren sends 'gift' to big rival Ferrari, 'On this day Red Bull Racing presents the teammate of Verstappen in 2021', Young Driver Test: Alonso fastest ahead of De Vries, This is the full lineup for the Formula 1 season of 2021, Brundle suggests it's time for a change in Abu Dhabi, De Vries ecstatic with progress at Young Drivers Test, Doornbos doesn't think Abu Dhabi was enough for Albon to keep his seat, Rumour: Marko considered Tsunoda as teammate for Verstappen, Young Driver Test results: Alonso faster than Ricciardo and Ocon qualifying pace. Gasly has been the star performer of the Red Bull driver stable outside of Max Verstappen; his victory at the Italian Grand Prix was well-earned and hugely popular. Daniel Ricciardo is due to move from Renault to McLaren, where he will replace Sainz. The priority now is him getting back on his feet… And then we will meet, or Zoom, in order to put pen to paper.”. Fernando Alonso's most likely destination for a Formula 1 return in 2021 would be Daniel Ricciardo's seat at Renault, Martin Brundle claims. Helmut Marko is very satisfied with his... Max Verstappen ended his season in style with a victory in Abu Dhabi. To access your subscription or free account. The Honda junior driver notched up three wins this year in F2 and looks to be race-ready. On…, Historic car owners have been warned that they face returning to the "dark ages" without a Brexit deal, as new research finds that the classic car sector contributes almost 20…. Räikkönen had been expected to sign another one-year deal to extend his F1 stay a little longer but Giovinazzi’s future was in doubt. There is now no space at Haas, where Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have been given the boot for 2021. Pierre Gasly’s starry 2020 season has earned him another year with AlphaTauri, and Daniil Kvyat will leave to be replaced by F2 driver Yuki Tsunoda, who has now been confirmed alongside the Frenchman. Sebastian Vettel 's decision to leave Ferrari at the end of this year sparked the moves of Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo . But there’s also another big seat unconfirmed at Mercedes where Lewis Hamilton is out of contract. Renault have begun their search for a new driver in 2021, after Daniel Ricciardo decided he did not want to continue with the French manufacturer’s project beyond the end of the 2020 campaign and has instead signed for McLaren. Carlos Sainz has been announced as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement after the four-time champion said that he would be leaving the team. Vettel's seat will be taken by Carlos Sainz Jr., who will leave McLaren. F1 chiefs finalising 2021 drivers with Hamilton yet to sign at Mercedes, Alonso back at Renault and Vettel with new team ... Alonso will be back at Renault in 2021 - … But what does that mean? However, there is no space on the other side of the garage where Valtteri Bottas signed a one-year deal for 2021 several months ago. Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg seem to be the biggest candidates, as it concerns a driver with whom the mechanics have already worked. After the race, Cyril Abiteboul has told mechanics who have worked there for more than fifteen years that they have already worked … His struggles to keep pace with Max Verstappen have contrasted with the surging form of Sergio Perez, who charged from the back to win the Sakhir Grand Prix but remains without a drive next season. Ahead of the Sakhir race, Wolff said: “If George does well it’s an indication that one day he’s going to be in a good car and hopefully race for victories and World Championships – but that is far away. Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix convincingly. Also by... After Daniil Kvyat was dismissed from Red Bull Racing in 2016 in favour of Max Verstappen, he returned to Toro... Just before the last Grand Prix of the 2020 season, Ferrari announced that it had to say goodbye to CEO Louis Camilleri... Sebastian Vettel drove the last few races of the season with a special helmet. Sergio Perez has said that Red Bull is the only team he would consider continuing his F1 career with in 2021, but doesn’t appear to hold out a great deal of hope. Most other teams have now confirmed their line-ups. Robert Shwartzman has also faded after leading the series in the first half of the season, but a victory in the Bahrain sprint race could be a timely reminder of what the Russian is capable of. An announcement is expected to be issued on Wednesday. Renault will announce next Wednesday who will sit next to Esteban Ocon at Renault in 2021. The Frenchman had words of praise for Vettel, who gave the French … Red Bull is uncharacteristically keen to keep Alex Albon despite pace that has fallen well short of Verstappen’s and has said that it won’t decide on next year’s driver until the end of the season. Williams says both of its drivers have contracts for 2021. The move will reunite Alonso with the Renault team he won championships with in 2005 and 2006. In their place are two F2 drivers. The Renault team will be re-branded as Alpine in 2021, and all eyes will be on the returning double world champion Fernando Alonso, who takes Daniel Ricciardo's seat. How Have the Formula One Drivers Spent Their Coronavirus Break Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul is considering Sebastian Vettel as an option for the team beyond 2021. Following his victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has said: “I don’t even know if I’m going to be here next year.”. The Spanish motorsports journalist is not the only one, as several sources report that Renault will hold an official press event on Wednesday to announce the new driver. Lawrence Barretto, journalist for Formula1.com,... With the announcement of Yuki Tsunoda, there are only two seats available for 2021 in Formula 1. Update 7/8/20 8:30 a.m EST: Per a release from the Renault F1 team, Alonso has been confirmed as a driver for the 2021 F1 season. Russell’s pace prompted suggestions that Mercedes could change its plans but Wolff moved to quell speculation in Abu Dhabi by confirming that Bottas would be driving for the team next year. Other headline changes for 2021 include the return of Fernando Alonso with Renault/Alpine and Carlos Sainz moving to Ferrari. The exchanges between team principal Guenther Steiner and his drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were a highlight of the Drive to Survive F1 documentary, but the show will be over at the end of the year: both drivers will be leaving the team. Click to jump to a particular team or scroll down for the full grid, At the beginning of this season, a new deal for Lewis Hamilton was presented as a formality but as the season has gone on with no contract signed, questions over his future started to rain in. The 2020 Formula 1 season is over, so it is time to take stock. Max Verstappen signed three-year contract extension to stay with the team until the 2023 season, ending speculation that he would be courted by Mercedes this year. Read more: Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of 2020 season, Max Verstappen’s three-year deal is a statement of intent. The re-signing of Alonso to Enstone is a big statement of intent by Cyril Abiteboul, but can the team he won his first title with give him another, well over a decade on from its glory days? Leclerc impressed in just his second year in F1, taking on and beating team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship and scoring three wins to the German’s one, and has been the quicker of the two so far this season. In 2021, he will replace Daniil Kvyat and... Red Bull Racing have still not clarified their engine choice for 2022. “I feel like I’m just getting started, I feel in great shape. Gasly has been confirmed at AlphaTauri for 2021, Yuki Tsunoda will partner him. After months of speculation, Aston Martin’s future line-up received a major boost with the signing of Sebastian Vettel for the 2021 season in place of Sergio Perez. We didn’t really want to comment on the driver position. Según me han informado, el miércoles #Renault tiene previsto hacer un anuncio oficial.Tras la carrera, Cyril Abiteboul les ha dicho a los mecánicos más veteranos (aquellos que llevan más de 15 años), que ya han trabajado con él.Buenas noches #F1 #Renault, Cyril Abiteboul is rumoured to announce who will join Ocon at Renault in 2021 on Wednesday. Fernando Alonso tops 'young driver test' for Renault on F1 2020's last day Fernando Alonso gears up for F1 2021 return by topping the timesheets on F1 … “His experience and determination will enable us to get the best out of each other to take the team towards the excellence that modern Formula 1 demands,” says team principal Cyril Abiteboul. Where a driver had not been confirmed the occupant of the seat for 2020 is listed and marked TBC. The Japanese driver took three wins and finished…, Porsche is returning to top-level sports car racing in 2023 with a prototype that will fight for overall victory at Le Mans and Daytona. “We’re giving him all the support that we possibly can to achieve that goal.”. Several sources report that today and it already seems clear who it could be. Sainz to Ferrari, Ricciardo to McLaren, Alonso to Renault. F1 2021 drivers and teams The F1 drivers’ market in 2021 is still yet to be decided. He has to leave Formula 1 for the second time in... Max Verstappen ended a very consistent season with victory in Abu Dhabi. Now that he has re-signed, it leaves Ferrari’s junior drivers quickly running out of seats for the 2021 season. Sign-up now for access to a limited number of articles. The Monégasque driver has signed a five-year deal until the 2024 F1 season, and is seen as the team’s number one. Apparently Abiteboul informed his most experienced and long-running mechanics that the soon-to-be-announced Renault driver already worked with them. Formula 1's 2021 driver line-up - as it stands. Will there be more drama in the 2021 driver market? Schumacher had been linked to Alfa Romeo until the team announced that it would keep this year’s line-up. A nice ending of the season for the Dutchman. The Renault team will be re-branded as Alpine in 2021, and all eyes will be on the returning double world champion Fernando Alonso, who takes Daniel Ricciardo's seat. Alonso Drives in Filming Day for Renault Ahead of 2021 Return to F1 © Renault Sport 2-time F1 champion Alsono returns to cockpit of a Renault … The Mexican’s seven-year association with the Silverstone-based team currently under the name of Racing Point will come to an end following the conclusion of the 2020 season, and a four-time champion will take his place. (Via @Noemidemiguel), Rumours from Spain and France are intensifying. For a better experience, keep your browser up to date. Already, the silly season for the year after next is shaping up to be the craziest in history with almost every top seat available and almost every top driver out of contract. Jerome Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing team, will not return to the team in 2021. A list of teams and drivers which have been confirmed or are expected to take part in the 2021 F1 season. It is said that he told the veteran mechanics that they already worked with him.If it's Alonso or Hulkenberg, it would be a slap in the face of a driver like Zhou. As for 2022, he’s under pressure. But in 2021, Alonso will once again return to Renault, which will rebrand itself Alpine. Promoted content from around the web | … © 2020 Autosport International B.V. All rights reserved. In addition to Alonso and Hulkenberg, there are two other drivers who would be covered by the directive. Renault F1 finished fifth in the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship in both 2019 and 2020. Ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP, Roberts confirmed in the press conference alongside both of his drivers that they would be lining up on the grid for Williams in 2021, despite the rumour mill continuing to swirl. ''I've been told that Renault will announce on Wednesday who will be Renault's new driver. Russell said that the rumours had emerged from Perez’s camp, with the Racing Point driver still without a confirmed drive for next season. He’s expected to agree an altered role with the team rather than leave for a rival.