Forget Max & Lewis; Seb, Bottas and Sergio will be this years entertainment

Bahrain Grand Prix

It’s been a long wait but finally we are only a few hours from the cars hitting the tracks for FP1 at the opening Bahrain Grand Prix (sorry Australia). Although we were originally all set to have a “transition year” and carry on from exactly where 2020 left off, it seems like the “slight” regulation changes have had more of an effect than expected.

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As we all know, pre-season testing is not a good yard stick to judge a season by. Ask Ferrari from 2017…and 2018…and 2019. It does seem like the most exciting part of this season will be Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton battling for a title this year. If this happens, it would be incredible. Personally, I don’t think it will happen. Mercedes will come out of the gate on Sunday and destroy it as usual. However this is what everyone is focused on. I think though, we’re going to be looking at some other battles that will be more interesting. These battles will be caused by some people who have gained a “chip on the shoulder” in the past few years and have something to prove.

Sebastian Vettel

I don’t think there’s any F1 fan that isn’t some what interested in seeing how Aston Martin do this year, it’s an exciting prospect. Alongside that excitement there are then those that, like myself, are eager to see how Seb does at the Bahrain Grand Prix. There are mixed reasons for this, however the main reason for me is that I want him back to fighting as he used to. All of the talk about Vettel has gotten out of hand in my opinion.

We only need to go back to 2018 and we had him in a title fight. This year he sits in the newly knighted “Green Mercedes” and he’s in a team that only today he said was more akin to “Red bull” in terms of atmosphere.

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Is there a chance he’ll be in contention for the title this year? Absolutely not, but can he sneak in a few race wins. Absolutely. Don’t agree? Let me know in the comments.

Valtteri Bottas

When it comes to in contention for the title this year, there is one driver who could create a steamy battle this year. Get it? Sauna? eh? Yes, the young Finn (sorry Kimi) seems to be left out of the conversation when it comes to the title battle this year, everyone is talking Max vs. Lewis. However lest we forget the last time a title was taken from the grasps of Sir. World Peace was by his then teammate Nico Rosberg.

It was back at the end of 2015 that Nico had his change of mind in terms of mentality and decided that he had to win the title in 2016 (and then retired, good for him). I see no reason why Bottas can’t do the same and I genuinely think, let me know your thoughts in the comments, this will be his last year in F1. If he wins the title, Bottas will likely retire on a high a kin to Rosberg. If he loses, he will likely be swapped out with Russell and any other team for him will be a step down.

Basically, I think there is more of a chance of Bottas taking the title from the grasps of Sir. Hamilton, than there is of Verstappen. As Red Bull will make some misstep with their car and I personally think Max will be the king from 2022 onwards, not this year.

Sergio Perez

I’ve saved the best for last. As I get more and more excited for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the one driver I’m most excited about seeing is Checo. I am not just saying this because I live in Mexico. I’m excited because ever since he had his season with McLaren in 2013, he’s been a driver that has been overlooked. However since he became a race winner in Sakhir 2020,

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Now though, he’s in a car that can put him on the podium week in and week out. He’s got the experience, the drive and the car to put himself ahead of Max. There is no doubt that Max is a future champion. However I think that Sergio wants this seat more than Max does, as Max is assured it.

Checo will be one to watch. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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