2021 Portuguese GP Preview

30 April – 02 May 2021


Session NameDate/Time (Track local time)
Free Practice 130 April 11:30 – 12:30
Free Practice 230 April 11:30 – 12:30
Free Practice 31 May 12:00 – 13:00
Qualification1 May 15:00 – 16:00
Race2 May 15:00 – 17:00

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Until 2021 Portuguese GP

Track Map

Algarve International Circuit Track Map

Track Facts

Number of Laps: 66
Track Length: 4.653km
Race Distance: 306.826 km
Best Laptime: 1:18.750 by Lewis Hamilton (2020)
2020 Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton
2020 Race winner: Lewis Hamilton

Find out the Race Schedule in your local time zone at the F1 Official Race Schedule Page.

Algarve International Circuit more commonly knows as Portimão Circuit is located in Portimão, Algarve, Portugal. This circuit held it’s maiden Formula 1 World Championship GP in 2020. The circuit was constructed in 2008 and was used for Winter Testing in 2008-09. This track’s characteristics are much like other old purpose built racing tracks due to its undulating nature. This track has several terrain changes and it feels like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. 2020 was a unique year and it got this track on to the calendar. In 2020 Race Day produced a great race in where Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record and created a new record of 92 GP wins!

The 2021 Season will be the second official Formula 1 World Championship GP. Though this track is narrow which makes overtaking a bit difficult, however, the undulating nature of the track, makes for a spectacle as the cars go up and down as they follow the unique terrain of the track. Let’s see what the track has in store for us as we approach the 2021 Portuguese GP!

Bored of waiting for the race day? Catch some banter in our Episode 6: F1reside Chat.

2021 Imola GP Race Discussion

The 2021 Imola GP was held at the historic track of Imola in Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

What a banger of a race it was! Wet weather, Unusual podium, Red Flags, Penalties, it had it all! Some surprising results, some expected ones and a lot of Drama! Everything that any F1 Fan could ask for. Come join us as we discuss our thoughts about the race and share a couple laughs along the way.

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Listen in to Episode 7 at your favorite podcasting platform

In this episode we discuss:

  1. Race start
  2. Safety Car!
  3. Everyone Sbinalla
  4. McLaren Team Orders
  5. Lando Norris
  6. Penalities Galore!
  7. Poor Ricciardo
  8. Bottas Vs Russel
  9. #Blessed – Lewis Hamilton
  10. Mazespin Again?
  11. Vettel cant catch a break
  12. More Penalties?!
  13. 5 sec penalty to everyone for not listening till the end!

Driver Ratings

Rating scale:
0 – Poor
5 – Average
10 – Outstanding

PosDriverTeamSarang’s RatingAkash’s Rating
1Max VerstappenRed Bull9/109/10
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes8/108/10
3Lando NorrisMcLaren10/1010/10
4Charles LeclercFerrari9/107/10
5Carlos SainzFerrari7.5/107/10
6Daniel RicciardoMcLaren6/106/10
7Pierre GaslyAlpha Tauri7/106/10
8Lance StrollAston Martin8/107/10
9Esteban OconAlpine6/107/10
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine4/106/10
11Sergio PerezRed Bull4/105/10
12Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri6/105/10
13Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo7/106/10
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo6/108/10
15Sebastian VettelAston Martin5/10 – DNF7/10 – DNF
16Mick SchumacherHaas4/105/10
17Nikita MazepinHaas4/103/10
18Valtteri BottasMercedes4/10 – DNF3/10 – DNF
19George RussellWilliams6/10 – DNF6/10 – DNF
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams4/10 – DNF3/10 – DNF

Looking for more F1 content while waiting for the next race? Check out our previous Episode 5: Fireside Chat where we discuss about the controversies and News from around the motorsporting world.

Also check the rest of our back catalogue and please feel leave a comment below about what are your thoughts about the race!

2021 Imola GP Race Preview

16th April – 18th April 2021


Session NameDate/Time (Track local time)
Free Practice 116 April 11:00 – 12:00
Free Practice 216 April 14:30 – 15:30
Free Practice 317 April 11:00 – 12:00
Qualification17 April 14:00 – 15:00
Race18 April 15:00 – 17:00

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Until 2021 Imola GP

Track Map

Track Facts

Number of Laps: 63
Track Length: 4.909km
Race Distance: 309.049 km
Best Laptime: 1:15.484 by Lewis Hamilton (2020)
2020 Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton
2020 Race winner: Valtteri Bottas

Catch our Race Review of the 2021 Imola GP in Episode 7: 2021 Imola GP Race Discussion.

Find out the Race Schedule in your local time zone at the F1 Official Race Schedule Page.

This track is located at Imola, in the northern part of Italy. The area around Imola is home to several racing car manufacturers – namely Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Minardi (now AlphaTauri), and Dallara.

Following the Second World War, the town launched a program to try to improve the local economy. Four local motor racing enthusiasts proposed the construction of a new road linking existing public roads, which was used by the local car manufacturers to test their prototypes

This track was reintroduced last year in 2020 due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation. This vintage track has been around since 1953 and home to Formula 1 since 1963. The track quickly became a fan and driver favorite and made its appearance again in 2021. Weather conditions in this part of the country are always unpredictable and thus leads to some unpredictable racing. The track has always provided top quality races that keep viewers hooked on to their TV screens and seats. Hoping that the 63 lap stunning race that we saw in 2020 makes a repeat here. Let’s continue to see how this dynamic track and its race shapes the championship table.

Episode 5: F101 – The Basics of F1

This is a special episode which is meant to serve as a primer for any new F1 fan to get up to speed with the sport and understand it’s intricacies, have fun while doing it and improve your enjoyment of the on-track action!

In this episode we go over the following topics:

Checkout our previous Episode 4 if you enjoyed this episode!

  1. Flags
  2. Format of F1 Season
  3. Format of F1 Weekend
  4. Finances in F1
  5. Points Table
  6. Technologies and Terminologies
    1. DRS
    2. MGU-k and MGU-h
    3. Power Units
    4. Steering wheel
    5. Engine Modes
  7. Penalties

2021 Bahrain GP Driver Ratings

It was a great season opener at the Bahrain International Circuit with a banger of a race which was nail biting till the very last lap. We discuss the race in detail in our Episode 4 of our podcast. Give it a listen and join us as we discuss all the interesting events that went down in the Bahrain GP. We discuss our driver of the day as well as the “L” of the day in the podcast.

Since we do not discuss each driver in detail, here are our ratings for each driver and team for the 2021 Bahrain GP.

Driver Ratings

Rating scale:
0 – Poor
5 – Average
10 – Outstanding

DriverTeamSarang’s RatingAkash’s Rating
Lewis HamiltonMercedes9/108/10
Max VerstappenRed Bull9/109/10
Valtteri BottasMercedes 5/107/10
Lando NorrisMcLaren8/108/10
Sergio Perez Red Bull8/109/10
Charles LeclercFerrari7/107/10
Daniel RicciardoMcLaren7/107/10
Carlos SainzFerrari6/107.5/10
Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri8/108/10
Lance StrollAston Martin6/106/10
Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo7/106/10
Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo7/106/10
Esteban OconAlpine5/105/10
George RussellWilliams7/106.5/10
Sebastian VettelAston Martin4/106/10
Mick SchumacherHaas6/104/10
Pierre GaslyAlpha Tauri6/10 – DNF7/10 – DNF
Nicholas LatifiWiliams5/10 – DNF5/10 – DNF
Fernando AlonsoAlpine6/10 – DNF6/10 – DNF
Nikita MazepinHaas0/10 – DNF3/10 – DNF

Episode 4: 2021 Bahrain GP Post-Race Discussions

In this episode we discuss all the happenings of the season opener for 2021 season of F1 at Bahrain.

Topics included in this podcast:

  1. New Website! www.f1fanfiction.com
  2. Qualification elevator pitch
  3. Drama even before the race
  4. Race start
  5. #Mazespin
  6. Re-start after Safety-Car
  7. The undercut train
  8.  Alonso vs Sainz Vs Vettel
  9. Pitstop #2
  10. Main event – VER vs HAM
  11. Driver of the day
  12. Team of the day
  13. “L” of the day

2021 Bahrain GP Preview

26 March – 28 March 2021

Session NameDate/Time (Track local time)
Free Practice 126 March 14:30 – 15:30
Free Practice 226 March 18:00 – 19:00
Free Practice 327 March 15:00 – 16:00
Qualification27 March 18:00 – 19:00
Race28 March 18:00 – 20:00

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Until Bahrain GP


Track Map

Credits: Will Pittenger

Track Facts

Number of Laps: 57
Track Length: 5.412km
Race Distance: 308.238 km
Best Laptime: 1:31.447 by Pedro de la Rosa (2005)
2020 Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton
2020 Race winner: Lewis Hamilton

Bahrain International Circuit has hosted its first Grand Prix in 2004. This circuit has been a staple in the F1 calendar since. Bahrain usually hosts the Grand Prix in the first half of the season. Due to the extra-ordinary circumstances posed by Coronavirus, it was decided that the Bahrain will replace Australia as the Season Opener. The Pre-Season testing was conducted here as well this year. Bahrain International circuit has many configurations and F1 itself has used 3 of them. Due to the shortened calendar of 2020 and Coronavirus raging through the world, Bahrain hosted 2 GPs in 2020. The 2nd GP was called the Sakhir GP and used the outer oval configuration. Bahrain’s highlight is the night races where the entire circuit is illuminated with floodlights. It’s a spectacle to watch these F1 cars racing under these floodlights. Lets see what the circuit has in store for us for the 2021 Bahrain GP.

Episode 3: Pre-Season Testing and 2021 Predictions

In this episode, we talk discuss about Pre-Season testing that was held on March 12-14 in Bahrain at The Bahrain International Circuit and share our predictions for F1 2021 Season.

Check out the Preview for Bahrain GP which is on March 28 2021.

Topics included in this episode:

  1. What is Pre-Season Testing?
  2. Day 1
    • Mercedes stay in garage
    • Max Speed!
    • Ferrari engine Issues continue..
    • Alpha Tauri charging through the field
  3. Day 2
    1. Mercedes #1
    2. Red Flags Everywhere!
    3. Mick and Nikita playing dashing cars
    4. Vettle sits in the garage
    5. All teams riddled with issues
    6. Williams not being Williams
    7. Hamilton pulls a Vettle
  4. Day 3
    1. Max Speed!!
    2. Yuki
    3. Smooth Operator smooth operating
  5. Eye catching Technical innovations
  6. Predictions for 2021
  7. Wildcard Prediction

Episode 2: F1 2021 Livery discussions

In this episode, we talk discuss the new liveries by each team. Listen us discuss our opinions about what we liked and didn’t like on the latest episode of FanF1ction.

Topics included in this episode:

  1. Tribute to the Legend, Murray Walker, who has put every TV viewer in the driver’s seat through his brilliant commentary.
  2. Black Mercedes with AMG Vomit
  3. Red Bull Racing – Why change something that’s not broken
  4. Mclaren 2020 Car + rainbow
  5. Return of the Bristish Racing Green to the track.
  6. The hottest new car on the grid: Alpine
  7. The green M
  8. Blue Jeans and White Tee donned by Alpha Tauri
  9. Ever beautiful Alfa Romeo
  10. The Russian Haas
  11. Williams being Williams

Episode 1: Reracing through the 2020 Season of F1

In this very first episode, we talk through the constructor’s championship table for the F1 calendar year 2020. We talk about our memories, opinions on the unusual year that 2020 was or wasn’t.

Topics included in this podcast:

  1. Hopes from the Year 2020
  2. Thoughts when the season wasn’t/was going to happen
  3. The (so called) title fight between Mercedes and Redbull Racing
  4. The surprising Mclaren
  5. (T)Racing point aka Pink Mercedes
  6. Renault’s Comeback
  7. Troubles at Ferrari
  8. AlphaTauri – Peirre Gasly’s redemption
  9. AlfaRomeo’s Woes
  10. Unfortunate Haas
  11. Williams bring Williams
  12. Outro