2021 predictions

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Its that time of year again where many fans like myself try and predict the outcome of the next F1 season. The 2020 season had so many unpredictable moments, the season being opened by two races in Austria, the inclusion of 6 new or unused circuits, Gasly and Perez both becoming a race winner and Ferrari finishing the year in 6th place in the constructors championship. I for one think the 2021 season will be so boring compared to the 2020 season just because of how unpredictable this year was, but I might be wrong

Drivers Championship 1st 2nd and 3rd - The top three for the 2020 season was a familiar sight, Hamilton winning yet again, Bottas playing second fiddle at Mercedes and Verstappen was third, although he was very close to Bottas in the end. I think 2021 will be exactly the same order. Hamilton will win a record breaking 8th title but I think Bottas will be much closer to him in second and Verstappen a bit further back in third

Constructors Championship 1st 2nd and 3rd - once again, 2021 will probably be very similar to 2020, Mercedes will most likely take their eighth consecutive title, however, with Perez moving to Red Bull I think the fight could be a lot closer than it has in recent years. With that said Red Bull will easily take 2nd and with the fight for third in the constructors so close this year, I think Aston Martin will come third because had Racing Point not lost 15 points because of their illegal brake ducts, they would have come third in 2020.

Podium Finishers - the 2020 season saw 13 drivers take a podium, the most since 2009 I believe. Races such as the Italian Grand Prix or the Sakhir Grand Prix saw no Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull drivers which hadn't previously happened since the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix and there where 5 different drivers on these two podiums. In 2021 we will obviously see Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen on the Podium. I think that Perez will take a few podiums as well as both Aston Martin drivers. Ricciardo and Norris will both take podiums with the new McLaren Mercedes team and I think Leclerc and Sainz will both have surprise podiums with Ferrari.

Rookies - there are some new faces in F1 for the 2021 season. F2 champion Mick Schumacher with his new teammate Nakita Mazapin and the first driver to be born in the 21st century, Yuki Tsunoda. A young driver by the name of Fernando Alonso will also be racing in 2021. of these drivers, I think Tsunoda will have the best season in terms of points, and I think Alonso will have the best season in terms of beating a team mate as I don't think he will be out-qualified by Ocon once in 2021.

Driver swaps - in 2018 there wasn't a single team change, in 2020 there where 5 if you include Hulkenberg twice. I think that Mazepins aggression and the amount of criticism Haas are getting from the situation will lead them to pull out Mazepin either for one race or a few races towards the end of the season.

if you have read this far I want to say thank you for taking the time to come and read this, and I invite you to leave your own predictions in the comments

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Level 63
Dec 28, 2020
I still don't get the point of the sport and why thousands of people watch it. The same manufacturers and people win the title every single year. Plus it costs so much to maintain and construct the race tracks. And the cars have to transported by air throught the world as well, which I don't think is sustainable for the environment at all.
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Level 52
Dec 28, 2020
People watch it because it's a fast paced track - comparable to an action movie.
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Level 42
Dec 28, 2020
you make a very good argument, at the end of the day its for entertainment, yes the same people win all the time but every so often something magical happens which is the reason I watch it. your point about tracks becoming to expensive to maintain is a great point, India, Korea, South Africa, Argentina, Malaysia all have great tracks but can't afford to host races any more and its not very sustainable no, but they are constantly improving the way the manage things like transport and emissions from the cars
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Level 48
Dec 28, 2020
I do say it's comparable to acting. The same actors make millions, the same plots happen, and they spend millions paying actors and on helicopter photos etc. Why do we watch it? Because it's entertaining. It might not be sustainable, but what millionaires care about that?
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Level 42
Dec 30, 2020
exactly
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Level 42
Dec 28, 2020
Why you didn’t answer me in the last blog?
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Level 42
Dec 28, 2020
After, I write my opinion about this. I’m a little occupied. And I need to think to much
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Level 42
Dec 28, 2020
I am sorry for not answering your question but I haven't received any notifications and I can't find what your question was, you can repeat it if you want
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Level 42
Dec 28, 2020
No problem! And you already saw it.