It's over. From Australia's cancellation, we've been through COVID protocols to a July start in Austria, taking us into a quick-fire calendar of returning, never-before-seen and classic Formula 1 circuits to a familiar Abu Dhabi finale. Oh, the predictability of 'normality'.
Sure, Abu Dhabi was hardly a classic; it will go down in history as one of F1's many grands prix and nothing more. However, it was more than a race, but instead a celebration of endings. The 2020 season firmly became history, as many drivers begin new journeys and teams begin new identities following one of the most bizarre years in the championship's history.
As a legacy of said year, in which coronavirus reigned and showered the world in crippling anxiety and disorder, the financial implications at play means that next year's cars will remain largely the same to spare the teams the expense of developing another car for one final year with this current ruleset.
It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.
Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…
Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.
Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?
For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak
Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone
Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle.
Hamilton: Mercedes has "fight on our hands" with Red Bull
Who is driving in the Abu Dhabi F1 young driver test?