The 2021 Formula 1 season gave us an unforgettable championship fight, making it easy to overlook some of the strange and surprising stories of the last 12 months.
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?
Should F1 have awarded points at Spa? Did race control ruin the season finale? RaceFans readers gave their verdicts on the season’s biggest talking points.
Take a look back on Kimi Raikkonen’s record-breaking 349-race Formula 1 career, which spanned more than two decades, in pictures.
Kimi Raikkonen left Formula 1 as the most experienced driver ever. But two decades earlier his inexperience threatened to deny him his debut.
See how you rated the 22 races that took place in the 2021 F1 season at this look back over our Rate the Race polls for this year.
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.
What do the numbers tell us about the 2021 Formula 1 season? Here’s a revealing statistic on each of the 21 drivers…
Which Formula 1 driver most impressed you during the 2021 season? Cast your vote in our annual Driver of the Year poll.
Charles Leclerc was the more consistent Ferrari driver in 2021, but Carlos Sainz Jnr proved he was more than a match for his new team mate.
Fernando Alonso outscored team mate Esteban Ocon in his return to F1 – but it was a closer battle than many predicted.
Take a look back at the very best – and the very worst – of what this season’s dramatic F1 season gave to fans in 2021.
Mick Schumacher conclusively out-performed fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin at Haas, impressing Ferrari as he did.
Pierre Gasly led the way at AlphaTauri for much of the season but his rookie team mate Yuki Tsunoda came good in the final race weekend.
Mercedes-bound George Russell had the measure of his team mate again, but Nicholas Latifi’s season had its moments.
Lance Stroll welcomed new team mate Sebastian Vettel to the rebranded Aston Martin team in 2021, as the pair’s form varied throughout the year.
Valtteri Bottas’s final season with Mercedes proved to be his worst in comparison to Lewis Hamilton. But it was enough to take the constructors’ title.
Antonio Giovinazzi fared the best he ever had against Kimi Raikkonen in 2021, but it was the Finn who got the best results of the season.
Max Verstappen dominated his latest Red Bull team mate, but Sergio Perez played a crucial role in his championship success.