Forgot this thread existed, as per prior thread I expect Ferrari and Aston to gain over Mclaren and Renault.
Alpine are dark horses as they and Ferrari both homoligated their original chassis specs quite a long time before anyone else (like 1 year) and have further refined and homologated newer chassis. Add to that that they were using a 2019 chassis with 2020 pu in 2021 and you can tell where their priorities lie.
AM should be boosted by their recent signings in 2021 but I don't expect to see results till next year, or 2nd half 2022 at the earliest
Going off the odd press releases it looks like their going more of a mild-hybrid type setup, probably more similar to what F1 had when they first introduced KERS systems rather then the stupidly complex dual ERS system which cost too much and not even beneficial to non-motorsport stuff.
Yea, I like all 3. I know money and long term contracts dictate the calendar but it would be great to see F1 perhaps go to certain tracks every other year to bring in a more track excitement. Its a shame Mugello, Hockenheim, Nurburgring, Istanbul, Malaysia, kyalami... cant find a way onto the grid in some capacity. The pandemic showed a really great upside to variation in track selection (and using traditional racing tracks produces much better racing).
Monaco is becoming an ever bigger headache, it was always hard to overtake but the last generation of cars have made it horrendous, and cars are only getting bigger & wider (and monaco doesn't exactly play to the benefits of ground effect anyway). If F1 is playing around with having different Grand Prix structures at different weekends, maybe F1 needs to do something similar for Monaco, qualifying can be pretty entertaining but the only Sunday drama is normally if and when someone punts it in a barrier or rain forcing everyone to pit rather then great racing.
Yeah Monaco is an awful track when you think about it, it has prestige but just awful for overtaking, would take Nurburgring any day over Monaco.