The 2021 Formula One Championship kicks off in just 6 days at the Bahrain International Circuit.
And after a glimpse of what this season may bring following pre-season testing, fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for the first of 23 races this year.
Will Mercedes resolve issues met during pre-season testing on time? Will Red Bull’s newest recruit give Verstappen a run for his money? How will the rookies fare on track, and will Ferrari make strides in the right direction this year after a disappointing 2020 season?
Organisers recently confirmed that racing will once more return to Portimao for the Portuguese Grand Prix from April 30 – May 2, after its reintroductions to the calendar back in 2020.
Last year, Portugal was added to the calendar after the coronavirus jeopardised the season from taking place in any shape.
After the FIA and the teams clubbed together and organised themselves into safe bubbles, racing could finally resume.
Although it was a late start, and races were on a week-by-week basis, for the most part, efforts made across the board allowed for a taste of normality for sports fans in the midst of the pandemic.
The return of Portugal to the calendar in 2020 saw racing return to the country for the first time in 25 years.
In March, organisers confirmed the race will once again feature on this year’s Championship calendar.
2021 marks the year of a record-breaking 23 race season, set to kick off with the first race on March 28 at the Bahrain International Circuit.
To check out the full revised calendar for the Formula One 2021 Championship, click here.