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The team-mate battles that will define F1 2021

The countdown to 2021 F1 season is nearing its end and answers about the competitive order will soon arrive. But just as crucial to the narrative of the season will be the intra-team battles for supremacy, as new players bed into unfamiliar environments and established pairings aim to settle scores

The eve of a new Formula 1 season is here. The story of the 2021 championship is already underway given the results of the recent test in Bahrain, but now comes what really matters.

Finally, the smoke and mirrors, PR spin and pointless predictions will be blown away by the stopwatch’s brutal reality. Come Q3 in Bahrain on Saturday night, we’ll know the true pecking order (mention the combo of inevitable windy conditions and track layout making this event a bit of an outlier if you dare!).

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