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COMPETITION RETURNS TO FORMULA 1 IN 2021

It looks like 2021 might just be the season when the monopoly of Lewis Hamilton over the title ends.

Over the past few years there has not been much competition to see between the drivers and the constructors on the Formula 1 circuit. Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team has been winning the championship for the past few years since 2014 except 2016 when his then team-mate Nico Rosberg won the title that year.

It looks like 2021 might just be the season when the monopoly of Hamilton over the title ends, as other teams and their drivers are proving their skills on the track in order to win the races and the title of the current season.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have shown their promise as they have won three out of the six races till date between them, the same number Mercedes has won. Even Ferrari is having a pretty decent season this year as compared to their pathetic results of the past year. Both their drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, are racing with great intent which was missing in last year and have put their team in the third position in the constructors’ championship. Although people usually have great expectations from Ferrari, they have started the season on a decent note.

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Then comes the real underdog of the season, Lando Norris of McLaren. He is the only driver to score points in all the races this year till date, a feat which even Hamilton has not yet achieved as he finished 15th in the last race. His Australian team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, has also done well in being among the points in five out of six races. Norris could turn out to be the find of the year if he continues to drive the way he is doing currently.

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has also shown that he is in this profession to prove his mettle against the big teams who obviously have more funds with them. His new team-mate and rookie driver of the year Yuki Tsunoda has also shown to the fans worldwide that even he can drive and be among the points even though this is his first season of Formula 1. Out of the six races that he has participated in, he has finished in the top 10 in two of those races with a seventh place finish as his best. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon is also another driver to look out for this season.

Even the old war horses and past champions, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, have proved wrong their detractors wrong by driving and finishing in the top 10 mostly this season. Certainly age doesn’t matter in F1.

Let us wait and watch what the season has in the store for all its fans who are hoping for the last many years to see a great competitiveness among the drivers on the racing track and among the drivers’ standings.

Written by Sambhav Bhatia

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