2021 Formula One World Championship
May 28, 2022
The 2021 Formula One World Championship was the 72nd Formula One season in a row. A total of twenty competitors from ten teams took part in the competitions. Organized and run by the International Automobile Federation, the championship is the highest ranked category of open body racing cars. Twenty-two grand prizes were held during the season, setting a new record in the history of the sport. The season began on March 28 in Bahrain and ended on December 12 in the UAE with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Saudi Arabia's Jeddah and Qatar's Doha have been introduced as new tracks, and the Dutch Grand Prix has returned to the race calendar after many years. The individual defending champion was the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was also fighting for the world championship championship until the last race this year. His challenger was Red Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen, who achieved a balanced overall performance throughout the season, reaping a total of ten victories in his first overall career success. With that, he became the only rider to win the world title as a non-Mercedes driver in the hybrid era introduced in 2014. Defending champion Mercedes took the lead in the constructors' points race for the eighth time in a row, putting the McLaren team on the perpetual rankings. At the end of the season, Kimi Räikkönen finished his Formula One career. The Finnish world champion in 2007 competed in 349 grand prizes during his years in the sport, making him a top performer in terms of relevant statistics. Prior to the season, there was a lot of interest in the performance of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who returned to Formula One two years later, with Alpine on the podium at the Qatar Grand Prix, and the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, rookie Mick. Verstappen became the first Dutch world champion in the sport, and he became the first since 1991, Ayrton Senna’s third World Championship victory, to win the points race with a Honda-powered car. The Japanese engine maker withdrew from the sport at the end of the season.