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2021 FIA Formula One World Championship

With the return of a more regular season in 2021, the grid is currently set to compete in an unprecedented twenty three races around the world, including new additions at circuits in The Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

This many races will demand quick planning and production turnarounds from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, all while adhering to the strict new upgrade token format.

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and the team are targeting a world record eighth consecutive FIA Formula One World Championship double, to further stake their claim in the motor-racing hall of fame.

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Recent highlights

10 Years of Proud Partnership

Watch and listen as Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Toto Wolff and more share their highlight memories from 10 years of grand prix action.

2020 Season Review

2020 was a Formula One season like no other.
Here's how it went down for our team partners at the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and their thoughts looking back.

A Return to Racing

How has the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team managed its return to racing for the 2020 season? James Allison, team technical director, shares his insights as well as taking us through the development of their latest car, the W11.

Monaco Memories with Toto Wolff

This year we’re proud to be celebrating 10 years of partnership with both the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and the Automobile Club de Monaco. To help us commemorate, Team Principal Toto Wolff shared his favorite memories from the iconic Grand Prix de Monaco with us.

Season Overview

Bahrain – Sakhir

Bahrain International Circuit

March 26 – 28, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2004
  • Number of laps: 57
  •  Circuit length: 5.412 km
  • Race distance: 308.238 km
  • Lap record held by Pedro de la Rosa (2005): 1:31.447

You can expect great racing and overtaking in Bahrain while drivers contend with wind, racing under floodlights and the difficulties caused by track and air temperature changes between sessions.

Italy – Imola

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari

April 16 – 18, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1980
  • Number of laps: 63
  • Circuit length: 4.909 km
  • Race distance: 309.049 km
  • Lap record held by Lewis Hamilton (2020): 1:15.484

Imola is in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. With high entry speeds at corners like Acque Minerali, it’s a track that gives an adrenaline rush to fans and drivers alike.

Portugal – Portimao

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

April 30 – May 2, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2020
  • Number of laps: 66
  • Circuit length: 4.653 km
  • Race distance: 306.826 km
  • Lap record held by Lewis Hamilton (2020): 1:18.750

Like the Circuit of the Americas, Portimao is a modern venue with undulation and elevation changes carved into its layout. The 4.6km circuit sends drivers swooping over the hillside before a long, right-handed plunge back to the kilometre long pit straight.

Spain – Barcelona

Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya

May 7 – 9, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1991
  • Number of laps: 66
  • Circuit length: 4.655 km
  • Race distance: 307.104 km
  • Lap record held by Valtteri Bottas (2020): 1:18.183

A mix of high and low-speed corners, with the challenging right-hander of turn 3, the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya is a great opportunity for teams to test the balance of their car following the first three grand prix weekends of the year.

Monaco – Monte Carlo

Circuit de Monaco

May 20 – 23, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1950
  • Number of laps: 78
  • Circuit length: 3.337 km
  • Race distance: 260.286 km
  • Lap record held by Max Verstappen (2018): 1:14.260

The Monaco Grand Prix is a favorite among drivers from every era of motor racing. Incredibly narrow and fast, the iconic street circuit requires maximum concentration at all times: one small mistake and your race could be over. It’s also home to the slowest corner on the F1 calendar, the Loews Bend.

Azerbaijan – Baku

Baku City Circuit

June 4 – 6, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2016
  • Number of laps: 51
  • Circuit length: 6.003 km
  • Race distance: 306.049 km
  • Lap record held by Charles Leclerc (2019): 1:43.009

With a mix of wide, open straights and tight, twisty corners the Baku City Circuit is a racing driver’s paradise. The teams are forced to decide between low drag and high-downforce setups: overtaking speed on the main straight or cornering speed through old towns streets.

France – Le Castellet

Circuit Paul Ricard

June 18 – 20, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1971
  • Number of laps: 53
  • Circuit length: 5.842 km
  • Race distance: 309.690 km
  • Lap record held by Sebastian Vettel (2019): 1:32.740

At 5.842km, Circuit Paul Ricard is the 5th longest track on the 2021 racing calendar. With many overtaking opportunities, drivers love the 290kph right-hander of Signes followed by the Beausset bend where they’ll feel the force of 5 lateral G’s.

Austria – Spielberg

Red Bull Ring

June 25 – 27, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1970
  • Number of laps: 71
  • Circuit length: 4.318 km
  • Race distance: 306.452 km
  • Lap record held by Carlos Sainz (2020): 1:05.619

Topping qualifying in 2020 with a time of 1:02:939, Valtteri Bottas proved the Red Bull Ring is one of the fastest laps in modern F1. Rewarding high-power throughout the up-hill first sector, a good start here is vital.

Austria – Spielberg

Red Bull Ring

July 02 – 04, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1970
  • Number of laps: 71
  • Circuit length: 4.318 km
  • Race distance: 306.452 km
  • Lap record held by Carlos Sainz (2020): 1:05.619

Mirroring the unique 2020 season, we’re set to see two consecutive races at the Red Bull Ring again. With a wealth of data to analyze from race one, race two boils down to strategy and setup changes as the drivers get a second shot at the podium in Austria.

UK – Northamptonshire

Silverstone Circuit

July 16 – 18, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1950
  • Number of laps: 52
  • Circuit length: 5.891 km
  • Race distance: 306.198 km
  • Lap record held by Max Verstappen (2020): 1:27.097

Lewis Hamilton compared a flat-out lap of Silverstone to flying a fighter jet, which should tell you everything you need to know. With iconic features like Maggots and Becketts, plus the newly named Hamilton Straight, we can’t wait to see F1 back on the track for the 76th time.

Hungary – Budapest


July 30 – August 1, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1986
  • Number of laps: 70
  • Circuit length: 4.381 km
  • Race distance: 306.63 km
  • Lap record held by Max Verstappen (2019): 1:17.103

With its high-speed series of corners, the Hungaroring rewards high levels of downforce and rigid chassis. Finding a good rhythm is key to putting in a fast lap time here, an extra 5kph on any bend can make all the difference.

Belgium – Stavelot

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

August 27 – 29, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1950
  • Number of laps: 44
  • Circuit length: 7.004 km
  • Race distance: 308.052 km
  • Lap record held by Valtteri Bottas (2018): 1:46.286

Spa-Francorchamps is home to the iconic uphill sequence of Raidillon, more commonly referred to as Eau Rouge. Modern F1 cars hit upwards of 300kph here, all while the driver experiences a 1.7G compression and is often surrounded by other cars.

Netherlands – Zandvoort

Circuit Zandvoort

September 3 – 5, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1952
  • Number of laps: 72
  • Circuit length: 4.259 km
  • Race distance: 306.648 km
  • Lap record N/A

After a 36-year hiatus, Zandvoort is set to make a return to the F1 calendar in 2021. The 4.259km track is host to a banked corner with 18 degrees of slope, creating the greatest set-up and tire wear challenge since Indianapolis back in 2007.

Italy – Monza

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

September 10 – 12, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1950
  • Number of laps: 53
  • Circuit length: 5.793 km
  • Race distance: 306.720 km
  • Lap record held by Rubens Barrichello (2004): 1:21.046

Monza is an iconic, purpose-built racetrack where drivers spend over 80% of a lap at full throttle and hit speeds of 340kph and more on the 1.1km main straight. In 2020 we saw red flags and an unexpected result, what will this year bring?

Russia – Sochi

Sochi Autodrom

September 24 – 26, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2014
  • Number of laps: 53
  • Circuit length: 5.848 km
  • Race distance: 309.745 km
  • Lap record held by Lewis Hamilton (2019): 1:35.761

Looping around the Sochi Winter Olympic park, the Autodrom is crowned by a 750m long semi-circular left turn that outlines the dramatic Poyushchiye Fountain. The Russian GP has been won by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team every year since 2014, can they repeat the result in 2021?

Turkey - Istanbul

Istanbul Park

October 8 – 10, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2005
  • Number of laps: 58
  • Circuit length: 5.338 km
  • Race distance: 309.396 km
  • Lap record held by Juan Pablo Montoya (2005): 1:24.770 min

Designed by Hermann Tilke and inaugurated in 2005, Istanbul Park is home to the legendary turn 8. A combination of speed, bumpiness, a left-hand downhill and several apexes makes this turn unrivalled in its ability to test the F1 drivers. Since its uncovering it has hosted 8 Formula One races, three of which were consecutively won by Felippe Massa (2006,2007 and 2008).

USA – Austin

Circuit of the Americas

October 22 – 24, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2012
  • Number of laps: 56
  • Circuit length: 5.513 km
  • Race distance: 308.405 km
  • Lap record held by Charles Leclerc (2019): 1:36.169

Purpose built and first opened in 2012, the Circuit of the Americas has witnessed some epic racing action in its short life. From his last win for McLaren in 2012 to two championship wins, the track has provided a lot of good memories for 7x World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Mexico – Mexico City

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

November 5 – 7, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1963
  • Number of laps: 71
  • Circuit length: 4.304 km
  • Race distance: 305.354 km
  • Lap record held by Valtteri Bottas (2018): 1:18.741

Another circuit to provide Lewis Hamilton with two World Championship wins, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is the highest track on the racing calendar at 2,240m above sea level. The track still largely follows its original layout from 1959, making it a treasure chest for some of F1’s most memorable moments.

Brazil – São Paulo

Autódromo José Carlos Pace

November 12 -14, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 1973
  • Number of laps: 71
  • Circuit length: 4.309 km
  • Race distance: 305.909 km
  • Lap record held by Valtteri Bottas (2018): 1:10.540

First scheduled in the wake of the success of Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi, Interlagos first hosted F1 in 1973. With drastic changes in camber from turns 6 to 11 and through its final banked bend, having a good suspension setup is key.

Qatar - Doha

Losail International Circuit

November 19 – 21, 2021 

  • First Grand Prix: 2021
  • Number of laps: 57
  • Circuit length: 5.380 km
  • Race distance: 306.66 km
  • Lap record N/A

The Qatar Circuit makes its debut at the F1 this year and promises to be a great race for the drivers to test their over-taking skills. Not only this but the circuit has plenty of corners which will result in higher-than-normal tyre degradation for the teams. A particular highlight is the triple right-hand apex which is almost flat and a high-speed corner sequence with turns 12 to 14 providing similar conditions to turn 8 in Turkey but in the opposite direction. We've seen it in action as a Motorsport GP but we're excited to see what it has in store for the Mercedes cars. 

Saudi Arabia – Jeddah

Jeddah Street Circuit

December 3 – 5, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2021
  • Number of laps: 50
  • Circuit length: 6.175km
  • Race distance: 308.75km
  • Lap record N/A

With a total length of 6.175km, including 27 corners, the Jeddah Street Circuit is set to be the second longest track on the racing calendar. It will be one of the fastest too, with three DRS zones contributing to an average predicted speed of over 250kph.

UAE – Abu Dhabi

Yas Marina Circuit

December 10 – 12, 2021

  • First Grand Prix: 2009
  • Number of laps: 55
  •  Circuit length: 5.554 km
  •  Race distance: 305.355 km
  •  Lap record held by Lewis Hamilton (2019): 1:39.283

Yas Marina is crowned by a 1.2km straight with slow corners at both ends, which makes for an overtaking hotspot. Another highlight is the right-handed run through turns 15, 16 and 17, where drivers brake with a huge lateral load on the car, often causing the front inside wheel to lock.