Abu Dhabi (dpa) – Despite many setbacks, Formula 1 brought the Corona emergency season to a successful end with 17 races. World champion is Lewis Hamilton again, Sebastian Vettel had a disastrous year at Ferrari.

Not only the fans are hoping for more excitement in 2021. Max Verstappen could provide this.

MERCEDES IS NOT UNBEATABLE

Verstappen gives hope to Formula 1 and its fans. With his overall victory in Abu Dhabi, the Dutchman shows: The Silver Arrows can be beaten. But also in 2021? For that, Red Bull should show a stronger start to the season, “then we can hopefully put more pressure on Mercedes,” said the Dutchman. The 23-year-old added that the car has made good progress over the season. Completely different from the Ferrari drivers who disappointed.

HAMILTON WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE IN 2021

“I hope we can start this week and do it by Christmas,” said Lewis Hamilton when asked about his new contract. Even at the age of 35, the seven-time world champion continues to go hungry. However, the Briton suffered from his corona infection, in Abu Dhabi it only finished third. He is only under contract with Mercedes until the end of the year, but the end is not yet in sight. “We have more to achieve as a team and I want to be here next year,” said Hamilton.

THE FRIENDSHIP OF VETTEL IS HUGE

His sporting farewell after six years at Ferrari was bitter. After finishing 14th in the Emirates, Sebastian Vettel is all the more looking forward to his new employer Aston Martin, for whom the four-time world champion will drive from 2021. “It’s a new chapter, a fresh start,” said the Heppenheimer. At the English car manufacturer, Vettel is the new star that the team must put at the top.

FORMULA 1 WAITS FOR MICK SCHUMACHER

On Tuesday, Mick Schumacher got back into a Formula 1 car. During the test drives for young drivers, the 21-year-old drives the car of the American racing team Haas, which he will drive next year as a regular driver. After the performance in Abu Dhabi, Michael Schumacher’s son gives himself a few days off before continuing with the preparation. The racing series is eagerly awaiting the first Grand Prix with Schumacher – the start of the season is currently scheduled for March in Australia -.

DECISIONS TRANSFER SOON

Further personnel issues could already be clarified this week. On Wednesday, it must be announced who is in the cockpit next to Pierre Gasly in the Red Bull sister team Alpha Tauri. Shortly afterwards, it must also be clear who will get the second seat next to Verstappen at Red Bull. The German Nico Hülkenberg is one of the candidates, but should no longer have any great opportunities.

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