Formula-1 2021: Schedule, Teams & Where To Watch In India
Just after coronavirus curtailed the 2020 race season, F1 racing is back with a bang in 2021! With a record schedule of 23 races – a significant increase from the 17-event sprint in 2020, Sakhir hosted the 2021 season premiere, while the Bahrain Grand Prix kicked things off.
Imola made a comeback in Round 2 in 2021, just under a year after five drivers failed to finish due to a slew of technical issues and an incident that halted competitors. The schedule also includes two events in North America this year, with every other race taking place in Europe or Asia.
Almost half of the races are completed and things have just gotten a lot more interesting as the leaders of the scoreboard close in on each other. So, if you’re in need of speed and adventure, keep reading our article to learn more about the Formula 1 race and where you can stream them in India.
F1 cars can accelerate from 0 to 100 MPH and then return to zero all within 4 seconds.
Formula 1 Schedule For 2021
In total, 23 races are confirmed for the 2021 Formula One season, with the Portuguese Grand Prix being one of the most recent additions, appearing on the calendar the first week of March.
Following the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung, the Vietnam Grand Prix was canceled, and the Chinese Grand Prix was subsequently dropped from the calendar.
The Canadian Grand Prix was also canceled due to persistent coronavirus fears, with the Styrian Grand Prix taking its place. Singapore GP quickly followed suit, with the event being canceled for the second season in a row. The FIA substituted the race with the Turkish Grand Prix, which was rescheduled for October 3.
Check out the detailed Formula 1 standings and schedule for the rest of the year:
|March 28||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||11 a.m.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|April 18||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari||9 a.m.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|May 2||Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||10 a.m.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 9||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||9 a.m.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|May 23||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||9 a.m.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 6||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||8 a.m.||Sergio Perez (Red Bull)|
|June 20||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||9 a.m.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|June 27||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 4||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||9 a.m.||Max Verstappen (Red Bull)|
|July 18||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||10 a.m.||Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)|
|Aug. 1||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||9 a.m.||TBD|
|Aug. 29||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||9 a.m.||TBD|
|Sept. 5||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||9 a.m.||TBD|
|Sept. 12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza||9 a.m.||TBD|
|Sept. 26||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||8 a.m.||TBD|
|Oct. 3||Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul City Circuit||TBD||TBD|
|Oct. 10||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course||1 a.m.||TBD|
|Oct. 24||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||3 p.m.||TBD|
|Oct. 31||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez||3 p.m.||TBD|
|Nov. 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace||Noon||TBD|
|Dec. 5||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||11 p.m.||TBD|
|Dec. 12||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||8 a.m.||TBD|
Formula 1 Driver Line-up Highlights
The driver lineup appears to be as intriguing as ever, if not, even more, with historic Spanish great Fernando Alonso returning to the sport and trying to achieve more than just statistics.
Hamilton has signed a one-year contract extension with Mercedes in order to capture his seventh world title, whereas Daniel Ricciardo has moved teams and is expected to be more competing in 2021 than in previous seasons.
Sebastian Vettel may well have been granted a fresh lease on life in a dark horse vehicle, and there will be another M. Schumacher on the field in the guise of iconic champion Michael's son, Mick, who will participate in his first Formula 1 season.
Formula 1 Teams Highlights For 2021
Mercedes is back, and this time they're serious, with their W12 vehicle seeking to maintain an unrivaled form.
Despite Max Verstappen's best attempts, Red Bull couldn't mount a serious world title assault in 2020, although, with Racing Point relaunched as Aston Martin and McLaren on the upswing, the fierce midfield fight might push one or two teams to pick up a notch and contend at the top.
Ferrari will be trying to recover after a disastrous season, whilst Haas would also be hoping for advances and Williams would continue to look for points after a disastrous performance in 2020.
The F1 2021 Rankings Before The Hungarian Grand Prix 2021:
Despite failing to earn any scores at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Red Bull's Max Verstappen (105) retains a four-point lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (101) in the F1 2021 rankings.
Sergio Perez of Red Bull moved to third position with 69 points after a spectacular victory in Baku. However, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes fell to the sixth position in the F1 rankings with 47 points despite failing to score in Baku. Red Bull (174) leads Mercedes (148) by 26 points in the Constructors rankings.
Since many of the injuries and accidents that occur during the race affect the neck and head, the F1 helmet is among the hardest in the world.
Where To Watch Formula 1 Live In India
Fans who want to watch the Formula 1 2021 races live in India may do so by tuning into Star Sports Select 2 SD/HD. You can also follow the races on the following DTH channels:
- Tata Sky: Channel 465 (HD) & Channel 466 (SD)
- DishTV: Channel 604 (HD) & Channel 605 (SD)
- Video D2h: Channel 930 (HD) & Channel 431 (SD)
- Airtel Digital TV: Channel 301 (HD) & Channel 284 (SD)
- Sun Direct: Channel 988 (HD) & Channel 520 (SD)
Moreover, you can stream the races live on the Disney+ Hotstar application. While you can follow the latest Formula 1 news on the official F1 website and their social media pages, to stream the races live, you’ll need to purchase Disney+ Hotstar’s VIP plan. This plan is available at INR 399 for a year.
Formula 1 is arguably one of the most prominent tournaments for racing. Don’t miss out on the action this year, and tune in to Star Sports or Disney plus Hotstar for some live entertainment.