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.
Charles Leclerc deserved a better finishing position in the drivers’ championship according to Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.
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.
The controversial end to the Formula 1 title fight in Abu Dhabi shows its rules need clearing up – and it’s time to stop team bosses nagging the race director.
Mercedes-bound George Russell had the measure of his team mate again, but Nicholas Latifi’s season had its moments.
Lewis Hamilton has gone silent in the days since the controversial decision which cost him the 2021 world championship. Is he thinking about quitting F1?
Nicholas Latifi has spoken out against the abuse he has received on social media, including death threats, over his role in the controversial restart which decided the outcome of the world championship in Abu Dhabi.
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.
Former Ferrari sponsor Santander has returned to the team in a new, multi-year deal starting from the 2022 F1 season.
Spectators who attended this year’s Belgian Grand Prix, which was abandoned after three laps behind the Safety Car in heavy rain, will not be offered refunds on the cost of their tickets.
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.
Audi intends to confirm its entry to Formula 1 early next year, the manufacturer has advised the sport and its governing body, the FIA.
New FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem has pledged to increase involvement in grassroots motorsport. But a matter concerning the controversial end to the 2021 F1 season tops his inbox.
Max Verstappen dominated his latest Red Bull team mate, but Sergio Perez played a crucial role in his championship success.
Race control were increasingly drawn into the title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton during 2021, culminating in a controversial call which decided the championship.
Toto Wolff admits he and Christian Horner may have “overstepped” in their direct communication with race director Michael Masi this season.