More races in more places than ever, star rookies with pace and pedigree and a pair of Bulls on the charge? Here's why we're psyched for F1 this season.
After the latest-finishing Formula One season in history last year, we're about to embark on the longest campaign ever off the shortest build-up of all time, with just three days of pre-season testing in Bahrain last week preceding the first race of 2021 at the same Sakhir Circuit on March 28.
Here are ten reasons to be excited for the upcoming season.
1. Max Verstappen’s momentum
Verstappen ended 2020 on top in Abu Dhabi
Max Verstappen winning for Red Bull Racing is nothing new, but it was the manner of his victory at the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP last December that raised hopes that 2021 may give Mercedes a challenge at the front, which they've not had for most of the past seven years. Verstappen took pole position on merit and held Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at arm's length at Yas Marina last year, and that – allied to Red Bull Racing's promising pre-season testing pace and that 2021 brings minimal upgrades to the cars as F1 readies itself for a rule reset in 2022 – could spark a more competitive fight.