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3 Drivers To Follow In F1 2021

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With the new Formula One season set to soon be upon us, it's the time of the year where we have the chance to take a look at the drivers, their cars and the manufacturers that make them.

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

However, on the verge of the 2021 season its appears that everything might not quite be all rosy between Mercedes and Hamilton, because even though the British driver is tied down to a contract until the end of the upcoming campaign, a deal is 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 is going on, there are a whole host of younger drivers who are 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 be rivaling Hamilton this season and in the years that follow. After all, Lewis Hamilton has 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 don’t go to plan for Lewis Hamilton, then the bookies at least, are hoping that the Belgian-born Max Verstappen will be hot on his wheels to pick up the pieces.

According to latest Formula One championship odds at freebets.com, he is 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 last season, but was successful at Silverstone and in the finale at Abu Dhabi, so he’ll be hoping to start where he left off last season.

Sergio Perez

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

It was confirmed that he will drive for Red Bull in the new term and Lewis Hamilton has already said that he expects 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’ll be hopeful of a better 2021, is 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 would 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 is 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 is Williams, who’ll do 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 desire.

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