Who Goes Where 2021

16/12/2020
NEWS STORY

Today's confirmation that Yuki Tsunoda will partner Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri leaves just one vacancy on the 2021 grid... that at Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen.

The Austrian team has said it hopes to announce its decision before Christmas, as it chooses between current incumbent, Alex Albon and Sergio Perez.

Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have given uncharacteristic support to Albon, despite some of the youngster's numerous weak performances and increasing pressure from the media.

When he's good, Albon is very good, but when drivers like Lewis Hamilton and even Verstappen himself suggest that he's falling short, team bosses have to listen.

On the other hand, his Thai connections put him in good standing with those much higher up the Red Bull food chain.

Sergio Perez meanwhile is a proven, a regular point scorer and now, finally a race winner.

On the other hand, looking back on his battles with Esteban Ocon when they were teammates, partnering him with Verstappen could prove explosive and costly.

Of course, there is still the little matter of Hamilton's new contract with Mercedes, but unless the Briton decides to 'do a Rosberg' or fails to agree a deal with the German team that merely appears to be a case of dotting the is, crossing the ts and finding the money.

Driver Nat Team Comment
Hamilton GBR Mercedes Highly Likely
Bottas FIN Mercedes Confirmed
Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing-Honda Confirmed
Albon THA Red Bull Racing-Honda Likely
Perez MEX Red Bull Racing-Honda Possible
Ricciardo AUS McLaren-Mercedes Confirmed
Norris GBR McLaren-Mercedes Confirmed
Vettel GER Aston Martin-Mercedes Confirmed
Stroll CAN Aston Martin-Mercedes Confirmed
Alonso ESP Alpine-Renault Confirmed
Ocon FRA Alpine-Renault Confirmed
Leclerc MON Ferrari Confirmed
Sainz ESP Ferrari Confirmed
Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri-Honda Confirmed
Tsunoda JAP Scuderia AlphaTauri-Honda Confirmed
Mazepin RUS Haas-Ferrari Confirmed
Schumacher GER Haas-Ferrari Confirmed
Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari Confirmed
Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari Confirmed
Russell GBR Williams-Mercedes Confirmed
Latifi CAN Williams-Mercedes Confirmed

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Published: 16/12/2020
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