After Ferrari’s worst season since 1980 last year, Team Principal Mattia Binotto sounded a stern note as the Scuderia launched their 2021 campaign, underlining that he didn’t expect to see a second consecutive year of struggle from F1’s most iconic team. Ferrari’s 2021 car, the SF21, will be launched next week on March 10, two days before the start of pre-season testing, with the car due to feature an all-new power unit that will also see service in the Alfa Romeo C41 and Haas VF-21 this year.
The new Ferrari SF21 will hit the track at the Bahrain International Circuit for pre-season testing on March 12-14, with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc then set to go head to head with the rest of the Formula 1 field when the season commences at the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28.
F1 2021 teams and driver grid
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (No.44) and Valtteri Bottas (No.77)
Red Bull: Max Verstappen (No.33) and Sergio Perez (No.11)
Ferrari: Charles Leclerc (No.16) and Carlos Sainz (No.55)
Aston Martin (formerly Racing Point): Sebastian Vettel (No.5) and Lance Stroll (No.18)
McLaren: Lando Norris (No.4) and Daniel Ricciardo (No.3)
Alpine (formerly Renault): Fernando Alonso (No.14) and Esteban Ocon (No.31)
AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda (No.22) and Pierre Gasly (No.10)
Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen (No.7) and Antonio Giovinazzi (No.99)
Haas: Mick Schumacher (No.47) and Nikita Mazepin (No.9)
Williams: Nicholas Latifi (No.6) and George Russell (No.63)
F1 2021 car launch dates:
Ahead of pre-season testing in Bahrain from 12-14 March, teams will launch their new cars for the 2021 Formula 1 campaign.
15 February: McLaren MCL35M
19 February: AlphaTauri
22 February: Alfa Romeo
23 February: Red Bull
2 March: Alpine
2 March: Mercedes
3 March: Aston Martin
4 March: Haas
5 March: Williams
10 March: Ferrari
F1 2021 race calendar
The provisional calendar for the 2021 Formula 1 season has been updated and it’s in Bahrain where the drivers will get to race for the first time this year.
Sakhir will host the Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March, with the season opener taking place a week later than originally scheduled. The Australian Grand Prix has now moved to a new date in November.
Imola returns to the calendar with the second race on 18 April, but due to travel restrictions no date has been confirmed for the Chinese Grand Prix as yet. Silverstone will host the British Grand Prix on 18 July and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi will host the season finale on 12 December.
F1 says revisions to the 2021 calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval.
12-14 March: pre-season testing (Bahrain)
28 March: Bahrain (Sakhir)
18 April: Italy (Imola)
2 May: TBC
9 May: Spain (Barcelona)
23 May: Monaco (Monaco)
6 June: Azerbaijan (Baku)
13 June: Canada (Montreal)
27 June: France (Le Castellet)
4 July: Austria (Spielberg)
18 July: United Kingdom (Silverstone)
1 August: Hungary (Budapest)
29 August: Belgium (Spa)
5 September: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
12 September: Italy (Monza)
26 September: Russia (Sochi)
3 October: Singapore (Singapore)
10 October: Japan (Suzuka)
24 October: USA (Austin)
31 October: Mexico (Mexico City)
7 November: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
21 November: Australia (Melbourne) 5 December: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah*)
12 December: Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)
- Revisions to calendar are subject to World Motor Sport Council approval
** Subject to circuit homologation