A new chapter begins
The 2021 Formula One season is about to begin. It wasn’t long ago that the engines stopped roaring at the end of last season – and what a season it had been, full of disruption, surprises and thrills – but in a flash, the winter is gone and we are back in the sunny climes of Bahrain for the first race of the season. If it all has a feeling of déjà vu, it is because we seem to spend a lot of time here in Bahrain: by next Monday, three out of the four last F1 races will have been held in Sakhir, in addition to the three days testing on this very track less than a fortnight ago. But there is no such thing as too much of a good venue, is there?
Despite the short time span, a lot has happened since we last raced a car in anger: we are ready to take the track against new teams, new drivers, on new circuits. And yet, there is a reassuring, familiar feel within the team: Kimi and Antonio return to the cockpit, with Robert on testing duties; the faces in the garage and on the pitwall are the same; the spirit of the team remains unchanged, a family ready to take on this new season together.
The longest calendar ever awaits: it will be a test of stamina, mental and physical, between now and Abu Dhabi in December. We approach the season conscious of the challenge ahead, yet confident in our means and in the path we have taken over the break. The objective, in the words of boss, Fred Vasseur, does not change: to do better today than we did yesterday. As we open the first page of this new chapter, we’re ready for the challenge.