If Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps, Formula 1 must surely be the sport that never sleeps.
With the off-season now well underway, many of us are missing all the action from the 2020 calendar, which concluded just over a month ago at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Fear not however, as there is still plenty to fill the void and look out for between now and winter testing which is slated to hit the track at beginning of March – COVID-19 permitting.
As many have already pointed out on social media, many of the drivers are taking the opportunity to relax. Despite what it looks like – the work towards the 2021 campaign has already begun.
Drivers will begin gearing up for the new season by taking part in fitness training programs across the globe and through intense work on the racing simulators.
Not only are the drivers required to keep busy during this closed season, but trackside mechanics will be perfecting pit stops with countless practices, engineers will be seeking last minute changes to improve performance and strategists will be analysing endless data to prepare for the season and ensure that the teams achieve the maximum from their
There’s been so much news as preparations continue, we’ve already seen some major changes within the teams:
- Former MotoGP team boss Davide Brivio is making the shock move to Formula One with the newly rebranded Alpine (nee Renault) as their CEO.
- Ferrari engineer Jock Clear’s role as a Formula driver coach to expand and include other junior drivers.
- Jost Capito (Ex Mclaren CEO) to become Williams F1’s CEO.
- Cognizant has joined Aston Martin as their official title sponsor.
Something exciting to look out for over February and March are the upcoming car livery reveals which are cloaked in secrecy until the big day.
Speculation is rife about the aesthetics of the new Aston Martin (nee Racing Point) and Alpine teams.
Of course, we cannot forget season three of the Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ which is expected to be released at the beginning of March, covering the 2020 F1 season.
While all this happens away from the driver’s paddock, one of the biggest talking points at the moment is Lewis Hamilton’s looming contract.
The details are still not confirmed, so keep an eye out for this intriguing outcome.
Let’s not forget the reigning champion’s old great rival Fernando Alonso is returning to the sport with Alpine. And that is coupled with the return of the Schumacher name to the grid as Mick joins Haas – 2021 is going to truly be a season like no other.