The 2021 season will definitely be an exciting one in the three main motorsport classes. Formula 2 and Formula 3 will feature many new drivers.
Drivers such as Charles Leclerc’s brother, Arthur, and also the cousin of Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher, Daniel Schumacher, will enter Formula 3.
Formula 2 will have to restructure as drivers like Nikita Mazepin, Mick Schumacher, or Callum Illot will leave the racing series. So, it will be a very exciting season in both racing series.
The 2021 Formula 2 season will begin in a week’s time with the double-header in Bahrain.
There will be some changes in the top teams, as, for example, Mick Schumacher, the Formula 2 world champion for the 2020 season, has moved to Haas in Formula 1.
Last year’s world champion team, Prema Racing, had to let Schumacher move to Formula 1. Instead, Oscar Piastri was signed on as a replacement. Next to him, Robert Shwartzman (fourth last season) will start as usual.
The team goes into the season as favourites for the championship title, both in the drivers’ standings and in the team standings.
When it was announced that Callum Ilott would be leaving the team, there was a lot of concern for a suitable successor. Finally, the decision was made to go with Felipe Drugovich. The Brazilian will start next to Guanyu Zhou, who will add another year at UNI-Virtuosi.
Carlin also had to let their team’s best driver go to Formula 1. Yuki Tsunoda will drive for AlphaTauri in Formula 1 in 2021. The Japanese driver was replaced by Briton Dan Ticktum. The Indian Jehan Daruvala (12th last season) will continue to drive alongside him.
Hitech Grand Prix
Two new drivers are introduced at the fourth of the constructors’ championship. Jiam Lawson and Jueri Vips will drive for the team in 2021. Nikita Mazepin, who will drive for Haas in Formula 1 in 2021, left the team at the end of the year. The drivers finished fifth and tenth last year.
ART Grand Prix
The 5th in the teams’ championship in 2020 will start with a new driver. Alongside Christian Lundgaard, Théo Pourchaire will be on the grid. The Dane Lundgaard finished seventh last season and hopes for another good season.
So far only one driver of the team has been announced. Lirim Zendeli will represent the team in the 2021 season. It is still not known who will take over the second cockpit at MP Motorsport during the season as Lirim Zendeli’s teammate.
Charouz Racing Systems
David Beckmann is the second German to make it into the Formula 2 field for the 2021 season. Beckmann moves up after several years in Formula 3 and has been given a seat at Charouz. The Czechs also confirm the second driver, Guilherme Samaia, who is still without points after a year.
DAMS fixes its lineup with the 26-year-old Israeli Roy Nissany. Nissany, a long-term junior driver with a high budget, failed to record any notable successes in ten years in formula racing. Last year he drove for Trident and scored five points. In addition to his F2 commitment, he remains employed by Williams as a test driver. Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong gets a second chance after a disappointing first Formula 2 season. In return, he changes teams. Armstrong started strongly in Spielberg last year, but then failed to score points for twelve races.
Campos has signed a rookie in Gianluca Petecof. The 18-year-old Brazilian has competed exclusively for Prema in his career to date. In 2018 and 2019, he contested the German and Italian Formula 4 championships respectively. Last year, he won the Formula Regional European Championship. Ralph Boschung, who also drove for the team last year, will drive alongside him.
Matteo Nannini finished in the points once in his 2020 F3 season. Alessio Deledda did not even make it past 20th place. Nevertheless, both will get an F2 cockpit.
It remains to be seen whether they can make the most of this opportunity.
In his second full Formula 2 season, Marino Sato will continue to compete for Trident. Last year he scored points in the junior series for the only time so far at the sprint race at Mugello. At the season opener, Bent Viscaal, who won a race in the Formula 3 Championship last year, will drive the second car of the Italian racing team. It is not yet known who will occupy the cockpit afterwards.
The race calendar:
The first version of the race calendar was presented on November 10, 2020. Due to the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix, which was planned as the Formula One opening race, necessitated by the COVID 19 pandemic, the calendar had to be readjusted in mid-January 2021, with the races in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi each being moved back by one week:
26-28 March – Sakhir, Bahrain
20-22 May – Monte Carlo, Monaco
04-06 June – Baku, Azerbaijan
16-18 July – Silverstone, UK
10-12 September – Monza, Italy
24-26 September – Sochi, Russia
26-28 November – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
03-05 December – Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Formula 3 is about to enter its third season in 2021, and the Formula 1 junior series is likely to have a strong lineup again. Last year’s champion Oscar Piastri has moved up, but a mix of familiar faces and up-and-comers from various Formula 4 series will provide action instead.
Prema, the dominators of previous years, have already allocated their cockpits. Arthur Leclerc, the Ferrari junior and younger brother of F1 star Charles, is a big name right away. But he will have to hold his own against Red Bull driver Dennis Hauger and the experienced Olli Caldwell.
Red Bull has also promoted three other top talents from Formula 4 series – Jak Crawford, Ayumu Iwasa and Jonny Edgar. They want to recommend themselves for higher series. Mercedes, meanwhile, signed last year’s fourth-placed driver Frederik Vesti and brought him to ART with the aim of winning the championship. At his side, Juan Manuel Correa makes his comeback in the French top team, 18 months after his serious Formula 2 accident in which Anthoine Hubert was killed.
Alpine brings two juniors, Caio Collet and Victor Martins, to MP Motorsport. The German HWA team relies on Matteo Nannini, Rafael Villagomez and Oliver Rasmussen. Nannini contested the past Formula 3 season for Jenzer Motorsport. Villagomez from Mexico and Oliver Rasmussen from Denmark will make their debuts in the junior championship in 2021.
And David Schumacher is also returning in 2021. Last year, in his first full season, Ralf Schumacher’s son tried first at Charouz, then at Carlin, but was unable to score any points in a difficult season. Now he will be competing for Trident.
Here is the complete driver lineup:
|Prema Racing||Arthur Leclerc||Dennis Hauger||Olli Caldwell|
|Trident||David Schumacher||Clement Novalak||Jack Doohan|
|ART Grand Prix||Frederik Vesti||Alexander Smolyar||Juan Manuel Correa|
|Hitech Grand Prix||Jak Crawford||Ayumu Iwasa||Roman Stanek|
|HWA Racelab||Matteo Nannini||Rafael Villagomez||Oliver Rasmussen|
|MP Motorsport||Caio Collet||Victor Martins||Tijmen van der Helm|
|Campos Racing||Amaury Cordeel||Lorenzo Colombo||?|
|Carlin Racing||Jonny Edgar||Ido Cohen||?|
|Jenzer Motorsport||Calan Williams||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Filip Ugran|
|Charouz Racing System||?||?||?|
The Formula 3 race calendar for 2021:
07-09 May – Barcelona, Spain
25-27 June – Le Castellet, France
02-04 July – Spielberg, Austria
30 July-01 August – Budapest, Hungary
27-29 August – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
03-05 September – Zandvoort, Netherlands
22-24 October – Austin, USA