The 2021 Formula 1 World Championship is the ultimate form of motorsport, taking place on the most famous race tracks in the world, with the single-seater cars that epitomise the pinnacle of technology and speed.
Scuderia AlphaTauri competes with the AT02 car it designs and builds itself, with its hybrid power unit supplied by Honda. This year, driving duties fall to Frenchman Pierre Gasly and young Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda.
Continuity is the theme of the rules for 2021: however, the technical regulations have undergone a few changes. We are keeping the same chassis as last year, meaning that this year’s car is very much an evolution of its predecessor. The regulation changes are aimed at reducing aerodynamic downforce by around 10%, by introducing modifications to the floor, various aerodynamic appendages and the rear brake ducts.
This year’s Pirelli tyres have a different construction and are heavier, to better deal with the forces exerted on them by the current F1 cars. This has led to the minimum weight of the car being increased. There are five different compounds on offer for the 2021 F1 Championship: the C1 is the hardest, going through to C5, the softest. For each race weekend, Pirelli supplies three compounds, easily recognisable through the coloured bands around their circumference: white is the hardest, yellow medium and red the softest.
The 2021 calendar
Because of the current Covid-19 situation, the Formula 1 calendar is subject to change with the aim of fitting in as many races as possible. Currently, the 2021 season is due to start in Bahrain on 28 March, as the Australian GP has requested a postponement until November, with the final round taking place in Abu Dhabi on 12 December.