RACE DEBRIEF

    The return of Fernando Alonso, the dawn of Alpine, the rebirth of Aston Martin, and plenty of driver moves: here’s your guide to the 10 Formula 1 teams, and their 20 drivers, set to do battle in the 2021 Formula 1 season.

    Mercedes

    Lewis Hamilton – #44
    Valtteri Bottas – #77

    It's as you were in 2021 for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton having put pen to paper to commit to another season with the Silver Arrows, the team with which he’s scored six of his seven title triumphs. And the all-conquering Briton will once again be partnered by Valtteri Bottas, for what will be the Finn's fifth season with the team.

    READ MORE: Bottas deserves respect for being one of the 'strongest drivers' in mental stakes, says Hamilton

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    Hamilton will partner Bottas again in 2021

    Red Bull

    Sergio Perez – #11
    Max Verstappen – #33

    Red Bull made the shock decision at the end of last season to move Alex Albon aside after an up-and-down 2020, instead choosing to bring in free agent Sergio Perez after he was dropped by Racing Point. The Mexican joins Max Verstappen, now in his fifth full season at the team.

    ANALYSIS: Why did Red Bull opt for Perez – and what now for Albon?

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    Perez and Verstappen join forces at Red Bull

    McLaren

    Daniel Ricciardo – #3
    Lando Norris – #4

    After a storming 2020 season, Daniel Ricciardo moves to McLaren from Renault, joining Lando Norris as the young Briton enters his third season in the sport. This year will also see McLaren returning to Mercedes power for the first time since 2014.

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    Norris and Ricciardo will be paired at McLaren

    Aston Martin

    Sebastian Vettel – #5
    Lance Stroll – #18

    Aston Martin return as a works team to Formula 1 for the first time since 1960, with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel signed up to race alongside Lance Stroll at the team formerly known as Racing Point.

    READ MORE: What can we expect from Aston Martin’s real F1 return?

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    Vettel and Stroll will be team mates as Aston Martin return as a works outfit

    Alpine

    Fernando Alonso – #14
    Esteban Ocon – #31

    Renault have changed guises for 2021, becoming Alpine, while the squad welcome back two-time champion Fernando Alonso after two seasons out of the sport – the Spaniard set to partner Esteban Ocon.

    READ MORE: Alpine announce ex-Suzuki MotoGP chief Davide Brivio as new Racing Director

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    Alonso returns to F1, joining Ocon at Alpine

    Ferrari

    Charles Leclerc – #16
    Carlos Sainz – #55

    Carlos Sainz becomes the newest driver to don the famous Rosso Corsa overalls in 2021, joining Ferrari alongside incumbent driver Charles Leclerc, now in his third season with the Scuderia.

    READ MORE: 'They will have equal opportunity' – Leclerc and Sainz free to fight, says Binotto

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    Sainz joins Leclerc at the Prancing Horse

    AlphaTauri

    Pierre Gasly – #10
    Yuki Tsunoda – #22

    Pierre Gasly is paired at AlphaTauri with F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda for 2021, the Japanese driver stepping up from Formula 2 to join the Italian team.

    ANALYSIS: Why Red Bull promoted Tsunoda to Formula 1 – and what now for Kvyat?

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    2020 race winner Gasly is partnered by rookie Yuki Tsunoda at AlphaTauri

    Alfa Romeo

    Kimi Raikkonen – #7
    Antonio Giovinazzi – #99

    Alfa Romeo have opted for stability in 2021, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen entering their third season together at the team based in Hinwil, Switzerland.

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    Raikkonen and Giovinazzi are paired for a third straight season

    Haas

    Nikita Mazepin – #9
    Mick Schumacher – #47

    In the most radical shake-up on the grid, Haas field an all-new, all-rookie line-up for 2021, in the form of Formula 2 graduates Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael.

    WATCH: Schumacher & Mazepin will need 'hard work' to succeed, says Guenther Steiner

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    It's an all-rookie pairing at Haas, as Mazepin and Schumacher make their F1 debuts

    Williams

    Nicholas Latifi – #6
    George Russell – #63

    Nicholas Latifi and George Russell are paired up for their second season at the now Dorilton Capital-owned Williams team, with 2021 marking the first season without a member of the Williams family in a senior position at the squad.

    READ MORE: Williams to increase technical partnership with Mercedes from 2022

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    Russell and Latifi are paired for a second season together at Williams