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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Italian team will be unveiling their 2021 car, C41, in Warsaw, Poland, on February 22.
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.
The American team are yet to utter a word regarding the revealing of VF-21. So, let’s move onto their possible livery.
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.
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.
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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