Williams have unveiled their new FW43B car for the season but only after hackers forced them to pull the plug on plans to launch the car via a virtual reality app.
F1 chiefs had published a calendar planned for a record 23-races but curiously had left a blank space for the third round of the world championship which takes place on May 2.
The modern Aston team hope for more success than their predecessors enjoyed during their only previous foray into Formula One in 1959 and 1960, when they failed to score a point.
The German, who won the most recent of his four titles in 2013, endured a terrible time at Ferrari last season. But the 33-year-old cut a happier figure as Aston marked their return to the grid.
The digital launch saw the team unveil their challenger for the season, which featured a curious livery change from last season's black and white concept with red trim.
JONATHAN McEVOY: Sir Lewis Hamilton is counting down to the start of the new season unsure whether it will be his last, even if he wins an unprecedented eighth world title.
The new Alpine team have launched their first Formula One car ahead of the 2021 season which will be driven by the returning Fernando Alonso.
Mercedes have launched their brand new W12 car for the 2021 season that they hope can lead to an incredible eighth double world championship in a row.
Sainz joins forces with Leclerc as the Italian team aim to move on from their worst performance in 40 years, with Sebastian Vettel having moved on after six seasons to join Aston Martin.
Max Verstappen said he will put aside all thoughts of replacing Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes to focus on beating the seven-time world champion this coming season.
Alfa Romeo's developers elected to use those tokens to improve the nosecone in a bid to improve performance following a disappointing 2020 season saw them finish eighth overall.
Verstappen took part in a number of tests and training exercises at the elite centre in Austria, which is used by all of Red Bull's athletes ahead of a new season.
The 21-year-old Briton will start his third campaign in Bahrain on March 28, this time as team-mate to seven-time grand prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, who has replaced Carlos Sainz.
Alonso was pictured leaving hospital on Monday alongside a doctor after having jaw surgery. He did not need any assistance walking and will now continue his recovery from his home.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton recently agreed a one-year contract extension, but Mercedes are having to consider life after their star driver, who will be 37 next year.
Formula One teams voted through in principle the biggest overhaul of the sport in living memory by agreeing to a sprint race taking place on Saturdays, which would count towards the world champio...
F1 bosses tabled the format of a shorter race on Saturdays, which would replace qualifying and determine the grid for Sunday's GP. Races in Canada, Italy and Brazil could trial format.
Formula One are finalising their calendar for the upcoming season - which begins on March 28 - amid uncertainty over the opening rounds due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.
The final piece of the F1 2021 season is in place with Hamilton on board at Mercedes but there are still plenty of sub-plots as Sportsmail looks at how the 2021 campaign is shaking up.
In an attempt to boost the sport's appeal across a race weekend new proposals are set to be put to vote on Thursday which would see a short race, about one third of a typical GP, replace qualifyi...
After months of deliberation, the Briton agreed a deal believed to be worth £30million to race for an unprecedented eighth world title when the season opens in Bahrain on March 28.
It is believed that Lewis Hamilton, 36, was compelled to compromise on his original pay demands of £40million a year given the financial climate and his lack of alternative seats.
Formula One's new supremo Stefano Domenicali has urged Mercedes to seal their deal to keep Sir Lewis Hamilton on board for a record-busting eighth world title.
Hamilton is currently a free agent, having seen his previous £40million-a-year Mercedes deal expire at the end of December as both parties struggled to find a middle ground in their negotiations...
Following the postponement of the Australian GP until November, Lewis Hamilton is due to begin his bid for an unprecedented eighth world title in the Gulf Kingdom on March 28.
Romain Grosjean has announced a move from Formula One to IndyCar but said he would not race on the more dangerous ovals for the sake of his family after a fiery crash in Bahrain last year.
A promo video on the team's Twitter page confirmed that their new F1 W12 car would be unveiled on March 2, with an accompanied message that two drivers will be in place by that day.
The project, which was set to be built on a former army base in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, was criticised as it would have seen the felling of a patch of native forest.
The 21-year-old German racer could only say positive things about his Ferrari outing this week as he logged more Formula One mileage ahead of his debut season on the F1 track this year.
The British GP is taking place a week later this year to avoid being on the same day as both the men's Wimbledon final and the delayed Euro 2020 showpiece at Wembley Stadium on July 12.
Hamilton's previous £40million-a-year deal with the sport's all-conquering team expired on the final day of December, but Jordan belives Toto Wolff will ensure he ties down 'the man of the momen...
Sir Lewis, knighted in the 2020 New Year's Honours list, won a record-equalling seventh World Drivers' Championship title in the 2020 season and is seen as one of the best Formula One drivers of ...
The 21-year old Briton had to quarantine in his hotel room for 14 days after a positive test on January 4. Norris' final day in isolation was on Monday. He must now return a negative before flyin...
Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has hinted that there could be an upcoming announcement over his future as he continues talks with Mercedes.
The Frenchman's positive result is days after F1 bosses unveiled a new calendar after postponements of the Australian and Chinese GP.
Last year, Hamilton urged the Mercedes hierarchy to change its traditional silver livery in a defiant message against racism. The manufacturer is set to continue with the same colour scheme.
Romain Grosjean's Haas erupted into flames when he penetrated a steel barrier at 140mph during a sickening crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29.
Mick, the 21-year-old son of the famous and feted Michael, will compete for the American Haas team 30 years after his father made his own debut for Jordan at Spa, Belgium, in 1991.
Hamilton could surpass Michael Schumacher's total of seven-titles this season. However, the 36-year-old is still yet to sign a deal to race for the Mercedes team in the 2021 season.
The controversial Russian driver has sensationally hit out at Mick Schumacher - son of Formula One legend Michael - despite the pair being new team-mates for Haas this season.
The chequered flag may have just been raised to signal the end of the 2020 Formula One season, but already the sport's fanatics are counting down the days until it all gets started again next Mar...
The team announced the 21-year-old, who finished ninth last season, had lost his sense of taste and smell during a break in Dubai and a subsequent test had come back positive.
World champion Hamilton also wished Schumacher, 52 years old today, a happy birthday on his Instagram story post; the background is a picture of the pair together in Mercedes kit.
EXCLUSIVE BY JONATHAN MCEVOY: The 35-year-old was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and grew up on a council estate before becoming grand prix racing's first black driver.
The rising star, 21, will follow in the footsteps of his legendary father when he makes his Formula One debut with the American team when the new season kicks off in March.
Sir Frank Williams had been admitted on December 15 with an undisclosed condition, but a statement from Williams Racing on Thursday confirmed the 78-year-old has now been discharged.
His clip on Instagram, which has since been deleted, sees Mazepin grabbing a woman's chest in the back seat of Porsche. He captioned the video: 'She's the best'.
Following a video has raised concerns over Mazepin's reputation for the brand and the team's sponsors after he filmed himself groping a young woman's breast in the back seat of Porsche.
Lewis Hamilton capped his record-breaking 2020 when he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, ahead of Jordan Henderson and Hollie Doyle.
Alexander Albon has said he was dejected after being replaced by Mexican Sergio Perez at Red Bull for next season but is determined to get a Formula One race seat in 2022.
Despite his success across 14 Formula One seasons, Hamilton is something of an enigma to the British public. He has more than 21million Instagram followers, but he is highly selective in what he ...
A post on the team's Twitter page carried the hashtag 'announce' alongside the 'coming soon' and 'pen' emojis and a Hamilton quote on his desire to stay with Mercedes.
The Speedweek website, owned by Red Bull's Media House, reported Perez had signed to replace the Thai youngster alongside Max Verstappen and the announcement would be made on Friday.
The team confirmed the deal as part of a re-structuring which will see INEOS become a one-third shareholder and Wolff increase his existing portion to create three equal partners
The 2021 calendar starts on March 21 at Albert Park in Melbourne, the British Grand Prix will be held on July 18 while the season will end on December 5 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The 78-year-old established the Williams Formula One team in 1977 and it went on to win nine Constructors' Championships, the most recent in 1997.
It was an F1 season like no other and yet in the end it felt frighteningly familiar as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes toyed with the rest of the paddock en route to his seventh world drivers' champi...
Talks between Hamilton and Mercedes stopped after the 35-year-old contracted Covid-19 earlier this month. Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record for most F1 race wins in October this year.
Hamilton finished in third place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas ahead of him. After the race Hamilton admitted he was pleased to finish on the podium.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix signalled the end of what has been a completely unprecedented F1 calendar dominated by the coronavirus. Here is Sportsmail's review of the another brilliant season.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN ABU DHABI: Verstappen's second victory of the year came from pole position, as the Mercedes pair of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were unable to match the Red Bull.
The British Racing Drivers' Club have announced that the International Pits Straight will now become the Hamilton Straight in tribute to the seven-time Formula One world champion.
Hamilton this year became the most successful Formula One driver of all time after beating Michael Schumacher's wins record and equalling the retired Ferrari great's seven championships.
After posting a phenomenal final lap in Q3 to sneak ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at Yas Marinas, Verstappen said Red Bull's failure to mount a serious challeng against Mercedes was...
There will be no second-hit at a Formula One victory for George Russell this weekend as he returns to Williams, handing the world champion Mercedes back to Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton, back from Covid, missed out on his 99th pole position - beaten by Red Bull's Max Verstappen and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the qualifying shoot-out.
Lewis Hamilton had to contend with some brake problems that sidelined him for half of the 90-minute opening running of the weekend ahead of the Abu Dhabi grand prix.
Lewis Hamilton has made a dramatic return to action following his coronavirus ordeal by taking part in practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He arrived on track in a striking ensemble.
Grosjean escaped with his life after the terrifying fiery crash last month as his car was engulfed by flame and split in half before he was rescued. This means he has raced for Haas for the final...
JONATHAN MCEVOY: Amid secrecy, the world champion has been given clearance by the local authorities to arrive here in time for the season-closing round on Sunday.
The French driver miraculously survived a crash which saw his car split in half after colliding into a trackside barrier in the opening lap at the Bahrain International Circuit on November 29.
Although Mercedes have offered no update on their star driver, Hamilton's no-show would indicate he is not free of the illness. The world champions are prepared to give Hamilton, 35, until Saturd...
Under FIA rules, Hamilton can be absent from Friday's two practice sessions, but must take part in either practice or qualifying on Saturday to be allowed to participate in the grand prix.
Russell, who had stepped in to replace Lewis Hamilton after he had tested positive for Covid - impressed immensely in his first race and led for the majority, before a pit-stop gaffe cost him.
JONATHAN McEVOY: The Brit won rave reviews from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff but is due to return to Williams, with Valtteri Bottas contracted to partner Hamilton next season.
George Russell was robbed of a fairytale finish on his Mercedes debut which allowed Sergio Perez to win his first ever race in Formula One at a bittersweet Sakhir Grand Prix.
It comes after F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart and various rival drivers spoke out about how the Mercedes car was so far ahead of the rest of the field it was diminishing the competition.
Hamilton missed the Sakhir Grand Prix and Mercedes face a wait to see whether he will be able to take part in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP this weekend.
Russell, who led 62 laps of the Sakhir Grand Prix, shone on his Mercedes debut before being robbed of a podium finish following a calamitous pit-stop from the Mercedes garage.
George Russell's stunning weekend at the Sakhir Grand Prix might have proved he is worthy of a Mercedes seat, but Toto Wolff plans to make the Brit wait for his dream drive.
The 34-year-old suffered only minor burns to his hands and was released from the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital on Wednesday after his car penetrated a steel barrier at 137mph.
As Mick Schumacher becomes the latest second generation star in F1 by following in father Michael's footsteps, who are the other hopefuls who have come into sport with a big name behind them?
It was agony for Russell after driving his heart out, and combining that determination with immense skill, only to being denied twice in dramatic circumstances.
The 21-year-old German driver, son of F1 great Michael Schumacher, sounded emotional moments after crossing the line at the season-ending race in Bahrain.
So Russell will start the Sakhir Grand Prix in the desert from second on the grid, a place back from the other Mercedes driven by pole man Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton, who was recently crowned Formula One world champion for a record-equalling seventh time, is frustrated, said Wolff - but he added that the British driver's health was the main concern.
Russell is acting as a stand-in for Hamilton who is ruled out of the race having tested positive for coronavirus on Monday just a day after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix at the same circuit.
Mercedes instead chose Williams star George Russell and it left a sour taste in the mouth of Vandoorne who upon arrival in Sakhir soon found he would not be needed.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN BAHRAIN: It was 2am on Tuesday and Russell had Toto Wolff on the line, telling him Hamilton was ill and that he was the man they wanted to step into the empty seat.
The FIA have moved swiftly to make the Sakhir Circuit safer following Romain Grosjean's terrifying crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The F2 star, 21, who is currently leading the drivers' championship, has been chosen to make the step up to the sport's top level alongside Nikita Mazepin in Haas' all-new driver line-up for 2021...
Recently-crowned world champion Hamilton, 35, was ruled out of the penultimate round of the Formula One championship after contracting coronavirus this week.
The American team, who currently sit ninth in the constructors' standings, confirmed in October that neither Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen would be retained for next season.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN BAHRAIN: How did the germ-freak Hamilton contract Covid? That is the question gripping the Formula One contingent here - with Mercedes sensitive about the issue.
Romain Grosjean's wife wrote an emotional statement on Instagram on Monday saluting her husband for scrambling out of his fireball car during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
With downforce increasing steadily year on year, the Italian company has come up with a more robust tyre composition to reduce car failures, a decision which was backed by Mercedes boss Toto Wolf...
Romain Grosjean was one of the most vocal opponents to the HALO device but just two years on from its introduction into F1 it has proved a key factor to saving his life.
The 34-year-old French driver admits he is now grateful for the Halo crash-protection system he opposed in Formula One cars a few years ago after his horrific crash on Sunday.
JONATHAN McEVOY: While it was routine for Lewis Hamilton, notching his 11th win of a brilliant season, it was the scenes right at the start that will linger in the collective memory.
Fifteen minutes for the Kimi Raikkonen interview, they had said. Fifteen minutes is one Don King sentence. It's a few Rafa Benitez 'facts'. But when Alfa Romeo said 15 minutes, I did not demur.
JONATHAN McEVOY: Lewis Hamilton put himself in line for a century of poles before the season's over by setting the fastest time in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his title coronation by finishing fastest in both sessions at the Sakhir Circuit, but the drama unfolded away from the world champion.
Sportsmail have reported that the Mercedes driver will be made 'Sir Lewis' in the New Year Honours after he became a seven-time world champion in Turkey a fortnight ago.
The Dane will race for Haas for the final time at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next month after the team announced he and team-mate Romain Grosjean will no longer race for them past this season.
Lewis Hamilton matched Michael Schumacher's win record but Sebastian Vettel believes the Ferrari legend had a 'talent' unlike anyone else. He claims Schumacher unlocked new levels of Formula One.
Mick is close to making the step-up to F1 with Haas and though he is beginning to understand the enormity of his father's achievements, he does say their journeys to the top are very different.
Sportsmail revealed last week that Hamilton is set to be knighted in the New Year Honours List after prime minister Boris Johnson personally intervened to secure him the accolade.
JONATHAN McEVOY: Lewis Hamilton 's status as Britain's highest-achieving sportsman of his era, possibly of all time, will be recognised with a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.
It's Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what's been making him feel warm and what's been leaving him cold this week in the sporting world.
Lewis Hamilton has detailed the sickening racist abuse he received during his childhood as he strived to reach Formula One stardom - stating he was once told to 'go back to your country'.
Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) has questioned calls for Lewis Hamilton (right) to receive a knighthood as the Formula One world champion is not on a 'level playing field' with his competitors.
Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh F1 world championship at the Turkish GP and is in line for a bumper new contract at Mercedes. He wants to fly less and have more personal time next season.
The racing icon suffered devastating brain injuries whilst skiing off-piste seven years ago while on holiday in the French Alps and his condition has been closely guarded by his family.
The seven-time world champion's current deal is set to expire next month and he is seeking fresh £40million-a-year terms to stay with the team, as reported by Sportsmail.
Hamilton made history last weekend, with his win at the Turkish Grand Prix sealing yet another title triumph, moving the Briton level with Michael Schumacher's record of seven wins.
EXCLUSIVE BY JONATHAN McEVOY: Sportsmail understands there has been a change of outlook, partly because Sir Andy Murray generally declines to call himself by his title.
All eyes were rightly on Lewis Hamilton after he equalled the great Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles with victory at an action-packed Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.
JONATHAN MCEVOY: What Hamilton reinforced by making himself the most successful motor racing driver in history is that he is now the greatest British sportsman of his era.
Lewis Hamilton lifted his seventh Formula One world championship title after winning the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. Sportsmail analyses each of Hamilton's F1 title victories since 2008...
Lewis Hamilton was hailed as Britain's greatest ever sportsman after winning his seventh world title, increasing pressure for his achievements to be rewarded with a knighthood.
Lewis Hamilton flew home to Monaco last night to watch a replay of the race with a bowl of minestrone soup. The new seven-time world champion said a proper party would have to wait until after Co...
The Brit equalled Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's record as he fought his way through the pack on worn intermediate tyres for his 94th Grand Prix victory and seventh world title.
The 23-year-old was chasing down Racing Point's Sergio Perez in second during the final few laps and decided to make an audacious overtake in the final few turns of the race.
Victory in a dramatic Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul saw Mercedes driver Hamilton match Michael Schumacher's haul of world titles and stars of the sporting world hailed him on Twitter.
Lewis Hamilton achieved the record-breaking feat by clinching the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, winning by a huge 31 seconds after battling through the field from sixth place.
Hamilton drove a near perfect race as he braved just one pit stop in slippy, wet conditions in Turkey to claim his seventh Formula One World Championship. The Brit has equalled Michael Schumacher...
Hamilton's hunger and consistency set him apart. This is his 14th campaign in the sport, but his desire to win is resolute. He simply refuses to finish anywhere other than first.
Hamilton prevailed at the Turkish Grand Prix with an impressive performance. After the race attention turned to his future amid his contract stand-off with Mercedes.
JONATHAN McEVOY IN ISTANBUL: Lewis Hamilton is King of the Track for a record-equalling seventh time. Victory on the day, victory over the season, victory for the ages.
The 23-year-old driver and team-mate Sebastian Vettel looked set for a decent placing on the grid, based on the pace both men achieved in the wet and dry practice sessions.
The first qualifying session at Istanbul had ended with the Williams of Nicholas Latifi spinning off the road into a gravel trap in the treacherous low grip conditions compounded by heavy rain.
The six-time world champion's current deal is set to expire next month and he is seeking fresh £40million-a-year terms to stay with the team, as reported by Sportsmail.
JONATHAN McEVOY IN ISTANBUL: Hamilton qualified a disappointing sixth on a day when track conditions were tough, but his chances of winning a seventh world title on Sunday are still strong.
Max Verstappen completed a free practice clean sweep ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, but slippery track conditions once again proved the main talking point in Istanbul.
JONATHAN McEVOY IN ISTANBUL: The circuit was recently resurfaced and made for slippery conditions having also been washed before the first session, with many drivers also complaining.
There appears little that can stop Hamilton now as Sportsmail looks at the permutations that will enable the 35-year-old to claim the title at Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.
The Mercedes star, only 15th in the opening running here, ended the first day on Formula One's return to Turkey 0.850 seconds behind pacesetter Max Verstappen.
The 35-year-old Brit won the first of his championships with McLaren in 2008 before reeling off six in seven seasons after joining Mercedes in 2013.
Hamilton's mother, Carmen Larbalestier, celebrated her birthday on Wednesday. The Formula 1 star described his mum as 'the best part of me',
EXCLUSIVE: The British Grand Prix will be held on July 18 next year, sidestepping a clash with the Wimbledon men's singles final and football's Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Lewis Hamilton has opened up on how much he misses living in England after more than 13 years of living abroad in two tax havens Monaco and Switzerland
JONATHAN MCEVOY: My belief has not wavered since. Yes, Hamilton is right in a technical sense when he says there is 'no guarantee' he will be at Mercedes next season. But it is unimaginable.
Hamilton prevailed at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday and subsequently stated that he isn't certain whether he will still be involved in Formula One next year.
Lewis Hamilton is thriving on and off the track, coupling his dazzling performances for Mercedes with huge sponsorship deals and exciting new business ventures.
JONATHAN McEVOY: The Briton's surprising remarks came after a fine victory here at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix put him on the threshold of a record-equalling seventh world title.
JONATHAN MCEVOY: The British driver started second but lost a place at the opening corner to Max Verstappen. But he stretched his legs to get in front and establish a winning margin,
Sportsmail looks at 10 F1 records held by Schumacher that Hamilton can pinch, the ones he has already conquered and the other targeted accolades held by other F1 greats.
The Brit had been running fastest in the final session of qualifying but was pipped to pole position by his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by less than a tenth of a second at Imola.
OLIVER HOLT: Lewis Hamilton is the greatest active sportsman Britain possesses. For some reason, he still does not occupy a prominent place in the hearts of the British people.
JONATHAN McEVOY: Lewis Hamilton was denied a record-extending 98th pole position at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola - by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.