F1 DRIVER PROFILES
Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes44
Winner of six world titles in the last seven seasons in a dominant run since joining Mercedes. Joined the great Michael Schumacher on seven titles in 2020. The undoubted rockstar of the sport, bringing real glamour to the grid. Hot favourite for another title.
Joined Lewis Hamilton in the prime seat at Mercedes following the retirement of World Champion Nico Rosberg at the end of the 2016 season. Has shown flashes of brilliance but as yet has failed to consistently challenge his dominant team-mate.
Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull33
A sensational talent and the sport's brightest star right now. Finished a career-best third in the standings in both 2019 and 2020, only behind the mighty Mercedes. Utterly fearless with a penchant for breathtaking overtakes. A genuine box-office attraction.
Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull11
A huge name in Mexico and a vastly-experienced Formula 1 driver who has now broke free of the midfield teams by joining Red Bull for 2021. Alongside Max Verstappen, they will hopefully give Mercedes more to think about on race days.
A promising member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, made the widely-expected move to the big garage in Maranello from Sauber after the 2018 season. Showcased his spectacular potential on several occasions in 2019 and 2020. Has a very bright future ahead of him.
The son of rallying great Carlos Sainz Sr, Carlos Jr was booked for a career in motorsport from an early age. Lost his seat at Renault when Daniel Ricciardo joined the team for 2019, but found a home with McLaren. He joins Ferrari for 2021, replacing Sebastian Vettel.
After two seasons away from the Formula 1 grid, the two-time World Champion is back for a third stint with the team now known as Alpine. Don't let his advancing years fool you, he is still as ruthless and competitive as ever.
After spending a year out as a reserve driver with Mercedes in 2019, Esteban Ocon begins his second year with the Renault team now known as Alpine. Made his F1 debut with Manor in 2016 before joining Force India/Racing Point from 2017 to 2018.
Brilliantly fast Australian who surprised many by jumping the Red Bull ship for Renault in 2018 to sign a two-year deal. He now joins forces with McLaren, a team on the rise and looking to make another leap with a Mercedes engine packed into the car.
Lando NorrisGreat BritainMcLaren4
Lando Norris has been a breath of fresh air ever since arriving on the grid as a fresh-faced rookie in 2019. Enjoyed a great partnership with Carlos Sainz and the fun on and off track is set to continue with the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo.
Sebastian VettelGermanyAston Martin5
Four-times World Champion with Red Bull who now starts a new and perhaps final Formula 1 chapter with Aston Martin. He left Ferrari after six trophy-less seasons with the Scuderia, whose title drought continues.
Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin18
The son of Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll, Lance joined the team for 2019 and retains his seat again for 2021 alongside new recruit Sebastian Vettel. Had two difficult seasons at Williams prior to that. Former member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Struggled mightily after being promoted to the Red Bull seat alongside Max Verstappen for 2019, and subsequently demoted back to AlphTauri during the summer break. Recaptured his form since then with a brilliant P2 finish in Brazil 2019 and an epic win at Monza during 2020.
One member of the Formula 1 2021 rookie class and arrives in the sport as an exciting prospect. Red Bull view him as someone who could be the next Max Verstappen...so no pressure then.
Kimi RaikkonenFinlandAlfa Romeo7
Veteran and cult figure on the grid - partly for saying very little! Still can be brilliantly fast on his day and was World Champion with Ferrari back in 2007. Left the sport in 2009 and had brief stints in rallying and NASCAR before returning with Lotus in 2012.
Antonio GiovinazziItalyAlfa Romeo99
Another product of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Antonio Giovinazzi still has another opportunity to impress his Scuderia employers with another year at Ferrari's customer team, Alfa Romeo. Partners the legend that is Kimi Raikkonen.
The son of the seven-time World Champion looking to make his own mark on Formula 1. A member of the Ferrari academy, the 2020 F2 World Champion begins his journey with American outfit Haas.
The bad boy of Formula 1...and that was before he even stepped foot into his Haas car for the first time. A driver who has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons and has a long, long way to go to rebuild his image and reputation.
George RussellGreat BritainWilliams63
A member of the Mercedes junior programme, stepped up to F1 with Williams for 2019 after taking the Formula 2 championship. Enduring a difficult seasons in an underperforming car, but his reputation continues to rise, especially after stepping in very well for Lewis Hamilton at Sakhir.
Canadian former test driver for Force India and Renault who brought significant sponsorship into the Williams team ahead of his debut proper in 2020. Finished second in the Formula 2 standings in 2019. The rookie tag is off in 2021.
Callum IlottGreat BritainAlfa Romeo78