F1 said goodbye to these people and things in 2021


Max Verstappen was able to overtake Lewis Hamilton on the last lap in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and thus secured his first world title after a compelling title battle with the Mercedes driver. However, the Briton’s team did not agree with the result of the race and indicated that it would protest, but later decided against it.

With all the hectic pace surrounding the final of the 2021 season you would almost forget, but Formula 1 said goodbye to a number of people and things this year, so that the sport will not be the same next year. FPAL lists everything for you in a clear manner.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen said goodbye to Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi after 353 Grands Prix. The Finn thought it was enough after twenty years and is retiring. He managed to take a total of 18 pole positions, 103 podiums and 21 victories. The crown on his work was the world title, which Raikkonen won in 2007 in the service of Ferrari. To this day, he is the last Ferrari F1 champion.

The Finn made his Formula 1 debut for the Sauber team in 2001 after a brief junior career. After one year he was allowed to make the switch to McLaren, after compatriot Mika Hakkinen decided to hang up his racing helmet. After five years for the English team, Raikkonen made the switch to Ferrari to replace the great Michael Schumacher. The Finn immediately became champion, but could never repeat that trick.

After driving for the Scuderia for three years, he had to make way for Fernando Alonso. Raikkonen decided to take a break for two years, but returned to the premier class with the Lotus team in 2012. In 2014, the Finn made his comeback at Ferrari, where he mainly drove in the shadow of another. Initially from Alonso and later from Sebastian Vettel. From 2019 Kimi played for the team where he started his F1 career, now renamed from Sauber to Alfa Romeo.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the last F1 race for the now 42-year-old Raikkonen. The ‘Iceman’ says he is going to enjoy his family and is looking forward to the fact that he can ‘start a day without fixed plans’.

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo decides to start 2022 with a completely new line-up. In addition to Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi will no longer be part of the team next year. After three years of full-time F1 activity, the Italian is saying goodbye. He drove a total of 62 races, as he replaced the injured Pascal Wehrlein twice in 2017.

Over the years, Giovinazzi made progress, but never really managed to impress. In 2021, the Italian often beat his teammate in qualifying and even managed to make it to Q3 four times. Converting this good qualification into points, however, often proved impossible. In his total F1 career, Giovinazzi has only managed to finish in the points nine times, culminating in fifth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2019.

He will be replaced by Guanyu Zhou, who, along with a large pocket of money, is making the switch from Formula 2, where he has raced for the past three seasons. We will see Giovinazzi appear in the paddock next year, because he will be a test and reserve driver for Ferrari. In addition, the Italian will also continue to race. In 2022 he will compete in Formula E for the Dragon Penske Autosport team.

Jean Todt

FIA boss Jean Todt also says goodbye. The Frenchman has been president of the motorsport federation for twelve years and in recent years has ensured that Formula 1 can again make great strides, mainly in the field of safety. Todt is succeeded by Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

The 60-year-old former driver comes from Dubai and is a fourteen-time rally champion of the Middle East. After his racing career, he became president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, among other things. In addition, Sulayem was already the vice president of the mobility and tourism branch of the FIA.

The new FIA boss mentioned three promises in his election program that he wants to fulfill.

1: Double the participation in motorsport worldwide
2: Ensuring more diversity and inclusivity
3: Be a leading opinion-maker on sustainable mobility


After a period of seven years in the sport, the name Honda (again) disappears from Formula 1. In 2015, the Japanese returned to the sport, after a period of absence, as an engine supplier to McLaren. That was not an undivided success, but when they teamed up with Toro Rosso and later Red Bull after a difficult period, the upward trend started quickly.

Together with Red Bull, Honda won 17 races in the past three years, with the drivers’ championship with Max Verstappen as the icing on the cake. The Japanese can say goodbye to the sport in style. The parent company wants to focus on sustainability, and Formula 1 does not fit into that strategy. They also want to use the staff who are now working on the Honda F1 engine for that other purpose.

However, the engine manufacturer will not yet completely break ties with Formula 1. Red Bull will continue to work in-house on the current Honda engine in the coming years. The Austrian racing stable will receive help from the Japanese at least until 2023 in developing the engine.

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