Season 2020, 2021: How the F1 Tables Have Turned?

The cars have improved and so have the drivers. Therefore, the F1 table this year is too different from 2020

Formula One has evolved over the years and it has given birth to significant drivers and better cars almost every year. This year, it is a massive transition in the world of F1 when compared to the previous season of 2020. From the design of the cars to new drivers posing threats to the existing legends, the F1 2021 season is a season full of surprises and thrills. So, the question is: What has changed? 

Let us begin with the changes in the drivers’ championship. Last year, Hamilton as usual dominated the tournament and finished as the champion with 347 points. The driver to finish second was his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who secured 223 points. The third position of the championship was picked up by young gun Max Verstappen, who collected 214 points. However, in 2021, we are witnessing quite a shuffle. 

At present, the first position belongs to Lewis Hamilton who possesses 246 points. However, Hamilton is not dominating the season like last year because, in 2021, Max Verstappen is a much more mature driver who is giving a tough fight to Hami. The young racer from the Netherlands is just behind Hamilton with 244.5 points and therefore, it is possible that Hamilton may not retain his world title at the end of the season. 

Valtteri Bottas has slipped to the third position who is unhappy with the team and will leave Mercedes at the end of season 2021. The Finnish racer is way behind Max Verstappen with 151 points. Below Valtteri is the biggest surprise of the year and the name of that surprise is Lando Norris. What a tremendous season the young lad is having with 139 points at the fourth position. In 2020, Lando Norris finished at the ninth position with 97 points. Given how Lando is flying in 2021, we would not be surprised if he finished in the third position ahead of Bottas.  

The McLaren driver won several podiums this year and was on the verge of winning his first F1 race, but a small mistake cost him his first-position win at the Sochi Autodrom. Last but not least, George Russell, who is set to join Mercedes next year, has impressed the F1 world by pulling some impressive qualifying results this season. 

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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