2021 Car Launch Schedule: When Will Ferrari, Mercedes and Other F1 Teams Reveal Their Cars?

February 11, 2021 2:25 pm

After months without racing, we have finally arrived at February, one of the most interesting periods in Formula 1. The sport is just days away from witnessing the potential refreshing new liveries painted over the F1 cars.

Hence, before the much-awaited unveiling commences, let’s take a final look at when and where the teams will be revealing their 2021 cars, and what to expect from the liveries.

Mercedes AMG F1

The defending champions will be unveiling their 2021 car, W12 E Performance, on March 2, 2021. However, citing COVID-19 restrictions, Mercedes affirmed that the revealing will be in a virtual launch.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

So, what to expect from their livery? Well, there are only two distinct possibilities, either the trademark silver livery or the special black livery, which debuted in 2020.

Red Bull Racing

The Austrian outfit will be one of the most interesting teams to watch over the 2021 season, considering the incoming rule changes. This might push Red Bull closer to the dominant Mercedes.

So, when are they unveiling the potential championship-winning car?

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Well, unfortunately, Red Bull are yet to announce the releasing date of their 2021 car, RB16B. Furthermore, it is still unknown as to where the unveiling will take place. But one thing is for sure, Red Bull will likely continue to sport the usual blue, with yellow around the nose and sidepods, and the raging bulls on either side of the car.

Aston Martin

Although it is still unofficial, the British team will probably sport the classy green livery sprayed over their 2021 car.

Until a point it was assumed that Aston Martin might carry on with partial pink color on the car, considering BWT’s presence. However, such predictions died when the team announced Cognizant as their title sponsors.

Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

Moving on to the unveiling, the date is still unknown. However, Otmar Szafnauer mentioned that they will be releasing their 2021 car in March from their headquarters itself, situated in Gaydon, England.

Ferrari F1

The Prancing Horse have been looking to revive from their terrible 2020 fallback with a newly designed engine.

But will their efforts pay off?

Well, before jumping into that, let’s take a look at developments around Ferrari‘s unveiling plans.

16 LECLERC Charles (mco), Scuderia Ferrari SF1000, action during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Reds are yet to reveal the date of the unveiling of Ferrari SF21. However, Ferrari did announce where they would be unveiling their car; Barcelona, Spain.

Is predicting Ferrari’s livery for 2021 even required? No. They will most likely go ahead with their customary ‘Ferrari’ red livery for the upcoming season.

Alpine F1

As the yellow-induced Renault bid adieu to F1 with the 2020 season, the sport welcomed Alpine as the replacement. Alpine recently unveiled their interim livery, which had black covering the car entirely with stripes of red and blue along either side.

Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

However, Alpine are yet to announce the official release date of their 2021 car, A521, which is expected to be around the end of February.

McLaren Mercedes

McLaren have been busy over the past few weeks, hyping up their livery announcement date. Following substantial sneak peeks, the British team announced that they would be revealing their 2020 car, MCL35M, on February 15, in their headquarters.

Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault in the Pitlane during Day One of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Looking at their potential livery, nothing has changed except for their engines. Hence, it is likely that the team will move into the upcoming season sporting their usual ‘Papaya’ orange with a tinge of black.

Scuderia AlphaTauri

AlphaTauri‘s 2020 livery, possessing a combination of black and white, grabbed everyone’s attention. Hence, it is likely that the team will continue with a similar livery for the 2021 season as well.

Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

AlphaTauri are one of the very few teams to announce the revealing date of their 2021 car, AT02. The unveiling will take place in Salzburg, Austria, on February 19.

Alfa Romeo F1

The Italian team will be unveiling their 2021 car, C41, in Warsaw, Poland, on February 22.

Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

Nothing much has changed within the team, so the sister Ferrari team will likely reveal the C41 covered by the usual white spray paint, with the trademark red around the sides and the rear-end of the car.

Haas F1

The American team are yet to utter a word regarding the revealing of VF-21. So, let’s move onto their possible livery.

Pietro Fittipaldi of Brazil driving the (51) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Hamad I Mohammed – Pool/Getty Images)

Haas unveiled a rather simple livery last season, possessing white and black with ‘Haas’ written in red along the sides.

Are they going to opt for an eye-catching better livery for 2021? Well, the chances are rather less.

They are are already under the immense pressure of underperforming since 2019. Thus, they wouldn’t be devoting a lot of time and thoughts into designing the livery.

Williams F1

The Dorilton Capitals-owned team recently revealed the unveiling of their 2021 car, FW43B. Fans will get to see the Williams-built car on March 5, in Grove, United Kingdom.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – NOVEMBER 27: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Hamad Mohammed – Pool/Getty Images)

However, it is still uncertain as to how the livery might turn out. The fact that the Williams family no longer owns the team points to a different livery heading toward the fans. Will their classic white livery run finally come to an end, come the 2021 season?

Overall, it is going to be a delightful couple of weeks for the hungry F1 fans.

So, with the livery revealing inching closer, chip in your predictions over which team could produce the best livery. Could it be the newcomers, Aston Martin or Alpine?

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Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar is a Formula 1 writer for EssentiallySports and has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2008. The Chennai-born author is an enthusiast of Racing Point F1 team (Aston Martin Racing) and is also a die-hard fan of Kimi Raikkonen. Rohit is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering and Technology.

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