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The 2021 Formula One World Championship will be determined over the course of 23 Grand Prix events around the world. Most races will take place in Europe, but exotic locations like Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Japan, and Brazil will see an event too. Lewis Hamilton is the defending champion entering this season. He surpassed Michael Schumacher as the most successful driver in the history of the sport in 2020 with his seventh Drivers’ Championship, and Hamilton now has more Grand Prix wins than any other driver as well.
2021 Formula 1 Race Schedule
||Bahrain Grand Prix
||Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
||Italy Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
||Spanish Grand Prix
||Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
||Monaco Grand Prix
||Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
||Azerbaijan Grand Prix
||Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku
||Canadian Grand Prix
||Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
||French Grand Prix
||France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
||Austrian Grand Prix
||Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
||British Grand Prix
||United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
||Hungarian Grand Prix
||Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród
||Belgian Grand Prix
||Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
||Dutch Grand Prix
||Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
||Italian Grand Prix
||Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
||Russian Grand Prix
||Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi
||Singapore Grand Prix
||Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
||Japanese Grand Prix
||Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
||United States Grand Prix
||United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
||Mexico City Grand Prix
||Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
||São Paulo Grand Prix
||Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
||Australian Grand Prix
||Australia Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
||Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit, Jeddah
||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
||United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
With the exception of the two newest races on the 2020 schedule, two-time reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton has at least one win at every destination. Hamilton claimed victory in 11 of the 21 Grands Prix last season to outdistance Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for the points lead. Those two drivers helped Mercedes successfully defend its Constructor’s Championship, claiming a sixth straight title.
Each of the 22 races on the 2020 schedule will be run over enough laps to surpass the total distance of 189.5 miles. With a distance of 161.6 miles, the Monaco Grand Prix is the only exception. The Vietnamese Grand Prix is the newest addition to the schedule and will take place on a street circuit through the country’s capital of Hanoi. And this year marks the return of the Dutch Grand Prix, which returns to the rotation for the first time since 1985.
A points system for each race is used to determine the champion in the driver and constructor categories. Currently 101 points are distributed with 25 points going to the winner and the top-10 finishers getting points in descending order. There is also one point for the fastest lap, which is awarded as long as the driver who records the best time finishes among the top-10.
Hamilton is widely considered the best driver in F1 today and some have gone so far to say he’s the best of all time. It’s certainly hard to argue that after taking a look at his credentials.
He’s a six-time F1 World Champion with 84 career race victories, both are second most all-time. His 3,431 career points, 88 pole positions, three grand slams in a season and 413 points in a season are all F1 records. And he’s only 34 with plenty more years left in the driver’s seat.
A F1 Grand Prix race covers an entire weekend with practice sessions over the first two days. A qualifying round takes place the day before the race to determine the starting order.
There hasn’t been much change to the format of the Grands Prix over the years. The notable differences are seen in driver and car safety.
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