Valtteri Bottas raised his game in the second half of 2021, despite a string of engine penalties, and after Mercedes decided to replace him.
Sergio Perez played a valuable role in helping Max Verstappen win the world championship on occasions, but other times he lagged well behind his team mate.
After a tough final season at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel put in a much more impressive campaign at Aston Martin in 2021.
The most difficult driver to position in this year’s rankings has to be the one who won the Italian Grand Prix less than four months after being lapped by his team mate in Monaco.
Although Kimi Raikkonen’s qualifying performances were a weakness, he tended to make up for it on race day.
Antonio Giovinazzi usually started ahead of his team mate but scored fewer points than him, and not only because of the times luck wasn’t on his side.
Lance Stroll was a fairly regularly points finisher in 2021 but there were no notable highs of the kind he has become known for.
Mick Schumacher easily had the beating of Haas team mate Nikita Mazepin, but seldom had the opportunity to race against drivers in quicker cars.
Nicholas Latifi managed two points finishes for Williams but remained some way off the pace of team mate George Russell.
Yuki Tsunoda was well off the pace of his team mate, but showed flashes of promise which justified AlphaTauri’s decision to keep him on.
RaceFans readers have voted Max Verstappen as their top driver of the 2021 Formula 1 season. Lewis Hamilton was voted Driver of the Weekend more times than anyone else.
Honda’s fourth and possibly final spell as a Formula 1 manufacturer ended in a triumph which looked unlikely when it struggled on its return to the sport in 2015.
Formula 1 served up its best title fight for years, added more new races and boomed in America – has it also successfully courted a new manufacturer?
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Lando Norris comfortably beat team mate Daniel Ricciardo over the 2021 season but the newcomer Ricciardo scored the team’s best result of the year.
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Mick Schumacher conclusively out-performed fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin at Haas, impressing Ferrari as he did.