Ahead of the new season’s start in Bahrain at the end of March, F1 fans will be getting a glimpse of what is to come as the teams release their car designs.
With major regulation changes delayed for a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not expecting drastic differences from last year’s machines – although there will be two livery overhauls with Renault rebranding as Alpine and Racing Point becoming Aston Martin.
Below we run you through all the teams’ new designs and what was revealed at each launch.
McLaren were the first team to launch their new car for the 2021 season via a virtual event from their base in Woking.
The cars look very similar to last year’s, although there are some subtle aerodynamic tweaks.
The most significant change is the switch to a Mercedes engine after three years with Renault, which the British team hope will help them match their third-place finish in the constructors’ championship last season – their best result since 2012.
“I think challenging for the championship would be unrealistic given the journey that we’re on,” Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s chief executive, told reporters.
“I think all we can hope for, and are striving for, is to close the gap to Mercedes, who we anticipate to be the fastest team again in ’21.”
Nevertheless, they can expect to be challenged by the likes of the Mercedes-powered Aston Martin (formerly Racing Point), who only finished behind them last season because of a 15-point penalty, and a Ferrari team who will expect a vast improvement on their worst finish in 40 years.
Experienced Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo will be joining Lando Norris in the team’s now-customary papaya and blue colours, with the British youngster acknowledging there is pressure on both men for varying reasons.
“I have a huge responsibility now to lead the team with my knowledge and how they work,” he said ahead of the launch of McLaren’s new MCL35M car.
“I developed a lot of that last year but need to step that up. In many ways I think this is going to be my hardest season. I’m hoping the best season too. There is probably more pressure on Daniel. He kind of has to come in and perform very well. That’s what he is here to do.
“I still need to perform very well. I’m in my third year so there are no excuses for me anymore. I don’t like it when there is. It is an opportunity for me to learn from someone different, with more experience. It is probably harder for someone going against a much younger driver than it is going up against someone with more experience.”
- McLaren – 15 February
- AlphaTauri – 19 February
- Alfa Romeo – 22 February
- Ferrari – 26 February
- Alpine – 2 March
- Mercedes – 2 March
- Aston Martin – 3 March
- Williams – 5 March
- Haas – TBC
- Red Bull – TBC