1. Red Bull will win the constructors’ championship
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
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
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
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.