If Albon doesn’t get the seat, Horner has said that he will have to take a sabbatical, as there are no plans to return him to AlphaTauri. It had been in the air... As expected, Yuki Tsunoda is Pierre Gasly's new teammate at AlphaTauri. “We have total trust in Valtteri and loyalty as we’ve always had – and that is our position.”. Thank you for signing up! 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 … 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. 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. 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. Confirmed for the previously vacant seat alongside Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso said he was returning to the team that had given him “my fondest memories in Formula 1”. 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. 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. 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 Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign his … 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. Throughout his career, the blue striped lid had become his calling card. 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. Daniel Ricciardo is due to move from Renault to McLaren, where he will replace Sainz. A list of teams and drivers which have been confirmed or are expected to take part in the 2021 F1 season. Tsunoda was all but confirmed as the second driver after winning the Sakhir feature race, guaranteeing himself a top-four championship place – eventually finishing third – which comes with enough superlicence points for him to race in F1. 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 - … 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. A nice ending of the season for the Dutchman. “We’re giving him all the support that we possibly can to achieve that goal.”. Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix convincingly. But there’s also another big seat unconfirmed at Mercedes where Lewis Hamilton is out of contract. We didn’t really want to comment on the driver position. Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Championship. The latest news, updates and more straight to your inbox, 2021 F1 driver line-up: latest news and rumours, Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of 2020 season, Max Verstappen extends Red Bull contract to 2023 F1 season, Renault will become known as the Alpine F1 Team from 2021 onward. Russell said that the rumours had emerged from Perez’s camp, with the Racing Point driver still without a confirmed drive for next season. Sign-up now for access to a limited number of articles. Read more: Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of 2020 season, Max Verstappen’s three-year deal is a statement of intent. Bottas’ contract with Mercedes expires at the end of this season and the Finn could be heading towards the French team. ... F1 drivers in awe of 'incredible' Imola circuit. For a better experience, keep your browser up to date. Where a driver had not been confirmed the occupant of the seat for 2020 is listed and marked TBC. 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. In addition to Alonso and Hulkenberg, there are two other drivers who would be covered by the directive. “I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. Renault will announce next Wednesday who will sit next to Esteban Ocon at Renault in 2021. Will Sergio Perez's form earn him the remaining Red Bull seat over Alex Albon? 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. Renault officially announced on Sunday ahead of the Italian Grand Prix that its F1 operation would be known as Alpine F1 Team from the 2021. 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 … You will be logged out and redirected to the homepage. 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. 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. Renault DP World F1 Team is pleased to confirm Fernando Alonso alongside Esteban Ocon in its driver line-up for the 2021 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. Renault's Formula One team will rebrand as Alpine Racing for the 2021 season and race with an new-look colour scheme. Renault F1 finished fifth in the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship in both 2019 and 2020. “This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans. Apparently Abiteboul informed his most experienced and long-running mechanics that the soon-to-be-announced Renault driver already worked with them. 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. Daniel Ricciardo has been branded an F1 "A-lister" who reclaimed his elite driver status this season, his Renault finale before joining McLaren. 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. 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. ... Renault driver: "It's going to be great obviously for the sport. He's such a name in the sport and has been for so … Where a team have previously announced a driver has a contract with them for the year this is marked “has contract”. 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. It’s the end of the road for Haas’s current drivers. Also confirmed for 2021 is the return of two-time F1 … Promoted content from around the web | Become a RaceFans Supporter to hide this ad and others Article continues under video. Formula 1's 2021 driver line-up - as it stands. Sebastian Vettel 's decision to leave Ferrari at the end of this year sparked the moves of Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo . 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 … 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? After winning his first F1 race, he said that he didn’t expect the result to change the situation greatly. However it is not unusual for contracts to be subject to … 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. “I feel like I’m just getting started, I feel in great shape. Follow your favourite F1 drivers on and off the track. This story has been edited to reflect this new information. 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. Hamilton’s future is linked to that of Wolff, who is also out of contract at the end of the year. I would love to stay,” he said. While F1 might not be enjoying the most unpredictable of seasons, the F2 championship has been a thrilling contest between three of Ferrari’s junior drivers.