1. Red Bull will win the constructors’ championship

5 bold predictions for the 2021 F1 season – how many will come true?

I’m going bold from the off. It’s been seven seasons since Red Bull not just won the constructors’ championship but provided a genuine challenge for the iconic silverware, a statistic which falls well below owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s high expectations.

2. Renault – now Alpine – will break into the top three

5 bold predictions for the 2021 F1 season – how many will come true?

Fifth in the constructors’ championship belies the huge progress Renault have made since becoming a works operation in 2016, the French manufacturer scoring three podiums during that five-year period.

Under their new guise Alpine, the Enstone-based squad – which is arguably the best resourced of the midfield teams – will continue their upward trajectory in 2021.

3. McLaren will win a race

5 bold predictions for the 2021 F1 season – how many will come true?

Carlos Sainz came tantalisingly close to his first victory in Monza, in what would have been McLaren’s first triumph since the 2012 season-ending Brazilian GP, as the British team turned a corner to raise hopes they will be a force once more.

4. At least seven different drivers will stand on the top step of the podium

5 bold predictions for the 2021 F1 season – how many will come true?

Mercedes are overwhelming favourites for 2021, so it goes without saying Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will win plenty of races between them next year.

5. Vettel will finish best of the rest behind the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers

5 bold predictions for the 2021 F1 season – how many will come true?

This is perhaps my boldest prediction, given the four-time champion had such a difficult final campaign with Ferrari last year as he suffered the most disappointing campaign of his long and illustrious career.

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