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3 Drivers To Beat Hamilton in 2021

When the last Formula One season was set upon us, it was the time of the year where we had a chance to take a look at the drivers, their cars and the manufacturers that make them.

For the past few years, the sport had been dominated by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes who had had swept all before them and picked up a collection of drivers and constructors championships that would leave them etched into the history books for ever more.

However, on the verge of the 2021 season it’d appeared that everything might have not quite been all rosy between Mercedes and Hamilton, because even though the British driver had been tied down to a contract until the end of the upcoming campaign, a deal was yet to be struck on a new contract which could extend his stay until the end of his Formula One campaign.

For a long time, Ferrari have been rumoured to be interested in getting Hamilton into their famous red colours and are believed to be waiting in the wings if Hamilton doesn't agree to an extension with Mercedes.

While all that was going on, there were a whole host of younger drivers who were aiming to emulate Lewis Hamilton and get their hands on a drivers championship before their careers are done. In recent memory, that has been tough to do with Hamilton winning six of the last seven titles, with only Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg the only other driver to win a title in that seven year spell.

Below, we take a look at some of the likely names who could have been rivalling Hamilton that season and in the years that follow. After all, Lewis Hamilton had already turned 36 this year and, if he hasn't already, he is certainly entering into the twilight of his career with even the great Michael Schumacher failing to win a title once he turned 36.

Max Verstappen

If things did not go to plan for Lewis Hamilton, then the bookies at least, were hoping that the Belgian-born Max Verstappen would be hot on his wheels to pick up the pieces.

According to pre-season Formula One championship odds, he was 5/1 to win the drivers’ championship, with many bookmakers offering free bets and promotions on the F1 season when you sign up as a new customer.

Verstappen could only finish third in the overall driver standings previous season, but was successful at Silverstone and in the finale at Abu Dhabi, so he wase hoping to start where he left off last season.

In the end, it was exactly Vestrappen who grabbed the title from Hamilton in the last minute of the last race. But it was based on rather controversial decision regarding safety car in the last laps of the race, which led to the replacement of F1 race director Masi with two new directors in 2022. You ca read more on Johnny Herbert’s views at his sports blog where here shares also his opinions ahead of the new Formula 1 season, as well as some memories from his career.

Sergio Perez

Of the outsiders on the grid, Sergio Perez was well in the mix. The 30-year-old had plenty of experience under his belt, but had been driving better than ever of late and would be hopeful of pushing all the way this season.

It was confirmed that he would drive for Red Bull in the new term and Lewis Hamilton had already said that he expected Perez to be a serious rival this season.

The Mexican was fourth in the 2020 standings, but won the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, and along with Red Bull he will be hopeful that a better car can spring him into contention.

George Russell

Another driver, who was hopeful of a better 2021, was Britain’s George Russell. He was recently voted as the 6th best driver on the season, and that came despite him notching up just three points all year.

Although it was to be some turn around to go from three points in a season, to being able to surpass somebody like Hamilton who clocked up 347 in his seventh title victory, Russell was certainly a driver to keep an eye on for the future.

Russell’s three points actually came when driving a Mercedes in Hamilton’s absence. His usual team was Williams, who did well to keep hold of the youngster in the coming years, but he might well help them to get a little bit closer to the constructors’ honors they so desperately desired.

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