Ranking the F1 teams after 2021 pre-season testing

With Formula 1 pre-season testing over almost as quickly as it started, working out how the teams stack up is harder than ever.
Headline lap times can be a colossal red herring and the leaderboard is rarely an accurate reflection of where each team stands.
But we don’t shy away from a challenge at The Race. We've factored in many variables, considered all the usual caveats that come with testing, and come up with what we think is a fair ranking - so here it is.
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  1. Dominik Löwen Fast

    Dominik Löwen Fast

    2 dagen geleden

    1 - Red Bull 2 - Mercedes 3 - McLaren 4 - Ferrari 5 - Alpha Tauri 6 - Alpine 7 - Aston Martin 8 - Williams 9 - Alfa Romeo 10 - Haas

  2. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guyt

    21 dag geleden

    im waiting for that guy whos gonna say TESTING IS TESTING

  3. Riccardo Bonacina

    Riccardo Bonacina

    24 dagen geleden

    After quali this list is pretty wrong

  4. Dr Peter jones

    Dr Peter jones

    26 dagen geleden

    How much longer will last in its present form ? The failure of leadership since 2011 has lead to a nose dive for this sport who has to compete with the finite sponsorship purse world wide. It been unable to attract two further teams on the grid due to capital barriers,media contract handcuffs for sponsors who have simply walked away from teram sponsorship to other sports. Whilst the smaller teams have been unable to compete as the sponsorship monies comming in have not been ditributed uniformly. We are comming to another crunch point when the combustion engine must be replaced by other technologies to meet climate change.The sport finds itself with no chair when the music stops. The latest vacum of leadership has let radical left wing political groups start the corrosive process of exclusion of sponsors, countries, and Brands from been associated with the sport. It is unclear whether Steffio Deminicarli apealsment stile will help this decline. Already he has taken his eye off the ball for the EU legal requirement to introduced quotas for all teams of 5% of severely disabled to be employed at senior level in all teams and suppliers this year and publish in the consolidated balance sheet on how this is going to be acheived in the next twelve months. The European/UK courts could fine promoters of the sport for not complying with this primary legislative requirement which could cancel some races in the European area. The retirement of Frank Williams and Robert Kubica with semmingly no replace of severely disabled replacement candidates has put on the red light to law enforcers and lobby groups. The courts have already warned that the sport must comply with disabled inclusion or risk procecution as they have had ten years to substantially change the sport to comply with the primary legislation. It is pointed out that the blind and severely disabled are the only legally recognised in primary legislation for quotas to be imposed on F1. This is distinct from political lobby groups or lower legislative boddies. How will Steffino and press license holders comply with this primary legislation in the next twelve months after ten years of inaction and deniel?

  5. kinio78


    26 dagen geleden

    HAAS- car looks like shit The only thing missing from it is the image of Putin

    • JDA


      19 dagen geleden

      @bouytt guyt I still think once Perez gets into terms with his car it will be a great battle between Mercedes and Res Bull(one that Mercedes wins but still close) and I think by 2024-2025 McLaren and Ferrari will sneak into that battle

    • bouytt guyt

      bouytt guyt

      21 dag geleden

      Mercedes looking bad in testing: Fans: finally a fight Mercedes in first race: “get in their Lewis, and the Mercedes finish 1 and 2” Fans:”how dare they give us hope”

  6. Alexander Simpson

    Alexander Simpson

    26 dagen geleden

    Here we go again, Mercedes sandbagging..! Why you may ask? Just ask a bookie, they need mugs to bet on something else other than the actual genuine favourite ... Otherwise, they lose millions, they can’t brown envelope unless they can justify the cost... It’s all about public perception of the competition.. Bums on seats, spending millions through the bookies, sponsorship... Tv rights also diminish if the winner is already determined.. My advice would be, whilst Toto and Lewis are at the helm, bet Mercedes, even 1/4 on to win the constructors and driver championship looks very good given the teams past record...

  7. DavidM401


    27 dagen geleden

    well if this season somehow goes like last everybodys grandmother would win like hamilton last year. same country drive every race with a mile lead the whole time yawwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn thats not racing hopefully this year is different \single file all race long isnt racing. ham cant win when he has drivers all over him

  8. Mister Wong

    Mister Wong

    27 dagen geleden

    Will watch that video again on next monday. lets see...

  9. Adrian Hendy

    Adrian Hendy

    28 dagen geleden

    I generally agree with that but for me the Williams and the Alfa should be swapped. Going for downforce is going to help Williams at a few tracks and might get them some points where Alfa won't ;)

  10. Rock girl

    Rock girl

    28 dagen geleden

    2:20 The kind of half legged man/greatest soccer player of all time😂

  11. David Burke

    David Burke

    28 dagen geleden

    Wouldn't a McLaren with a Mercedes engine will be faster than a RedBull with a Honda?

  12. Rhys Benjamin

    Rhys Benjamin

    28 dagen geleden

    It’s funny that you say not to look at the headline times because quite often they do reflect the overall Constructors’ title.

  13. AYI I

    AYI I

    28 dagen geleden

    Haas is the worst team name. Named after the owner. How can you feel for them.

  14. Mikael Espinoza

    Mikael Espinoza

    29 dagen geleden

    Alpha tauri 4th???? You are crazy man

    • Rock girl

      Rock girl

      28 dagen geleden

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Red Bull is faster than Mercedes this year 🤷🏾‍♀️

  15. The Wood Collector

    The Wood Collector

    29 dagen geleden

    Ferrari 6th😂😂😂cap check

  16. Joe Viloria

    Joe Viloria

    29 dagen geleden

    I'm just looking forward to Russel getting that Mercedes seat and saying "to whom it may concern, fuck you too"

  17. Northern Rides

    Northern Rides

    29 dagen geleden

    I certainly hope Red Bull, or someone else, outruns Mercedes. Mercedes is a great team with great talent, but whenever I see them getting shoveled, the racing gets so much more exciting

  18. Diogo Rego

    Diogo Rego

    Maand geleden

    Aston Martin below ferrari and possibly Renault. And I think alpha tauri was the one pushing the most

  19. Adam


    Maand geleden

    I’ll be back here after the first race when Mercedes dominates

  20. Starbaldez


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes looking bad in testing: Fans: finally a fight Mercedes in first race: “get in their Lewis, and the Mercedes finish 1 and 2” Fans:”how dare they give us hope”

  21. Serban Sergiu

    Serban Sergiu

    Maand geleden

    What do you guys think is the safest bet of these: Ricciardo vs norris 1 Aston martin vs alpine 1 Mclaren vs ferrari 1 Alpha tauri vs alpine 1?

  22. DAGATHire


    Maand geleden

    0:19 Im familiar with your channel... i don't know about being shy, but you certainly ham everything up, blow every little thing out of all proportion, make mountains out of molehills, storms in teacups all day long. Shying away from things? Hmmm i think having some journalistic integrity rather than red top news tabloid style incendiary shit would be what you should be most concerned about. And deffo what you SHOULD be shying away from.... but... like you say... you don't shy away from a "challenge" LMAO is that what you call tabloid shit. a Challenge? ahahahah LMAO you're fooling nobody.

  23. Pedro Lopes

    Pedro Lopes

    Maand geleden

    with Alpha Tauri looking so good irl my F1 2020 Carrer Mode looks more and more realistic

  24. J.A. Brown

    J.A. Brown

    Maand geleden

    With the possible exception of Alpine and AlphaTauri, and with Red Bull and Mercedes switched around, I think this might actually be pretty close tho the finishing order of the Constructors Championship this year. Side note: this is the first time I've heard the word "envisage" pronounced by a native speaker, and it doesn't sound anything like I expected it to

  25. Slayerof Thhots

    Slayerof Thhots

    Maand geleden

    If not mercedes just takes the old car...

  26. GamesWorld


    Maand geleden

    I like this channel but this video is ridiculous

  27. Marco Piazza

    Marco Piazza

    Maand geleden

    seriously .... want to know what kind of criteria they used on this list.... definetly not the 3 days of testing

  28. Ally Hines

    Ally Hines

    Maand geleden

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Red Bull is faster than Mercedes this year 🤷🏾‍♀️

  29. Phil L

    Phil L

    Maand geleden

    Dont care about merc anymore. I would rather lewis literally not take part in races anymore, its just not fun to watch

  30. Ernie H

    Ernie H

    Maand geleden

    go LANDO

  31. Ryan Storey

    Ryan Storey

    Maand geleden

    I hate how i can't even imagine Mercedes being bad. They are just way too good.

  32. Achmed Dschönüsi

    Achmed Dschönüsi

    Maand geleden


  33. Jose Perez

    Jose Perez

    Maand geleden

    Overall I’d agree with your ranking , it needs to be adjusted for drivers performance, Alpine maybe improve position thanks to Fernando’s driving.

  34. Stefan Haunholter

    Stefan Haunholter

    Maand geleden

    Rd Bull Mercedes McLarren Aston Martin Alpin Alpha Tauri Ferrari Alfa Romeo Williams Haas

  35. Taslim Ahmed

    Taslim Ahmed

    Maand geleden

    I think Mclaren need to replaced in #2 with Mercedes.

  36. Northrop grumman

    Northrop grumman

    Maand geleden

    Max verstappen makes way to many mistakes until he can mature as a driver he won't be winning or challenging for any world championship's. He has got the car but not the head.

  37. ROT8TED


    Maand geleden


  38. DaniMacYo


    Maand geleden

    I would swap Ferrari and Aston Martin I think that’s it. Also I wish this Mercedes would show up to every race this season. But it won’t they sort it out and probably win everything.

  39. Erik 567

    Erik 567

    Maand geleden

    I hope the merc. fails to be competitive. I will not fall asleep watching on the Boob tube then.

  40. Weenson Oo

    Weenson Oo

    Maand geleden

    Typical Scott Mitchell ‘ marking down ‘ Fernando Alonso ‘ and consequently Alpine even though they had posted a faster time and been more consistent over the test days than Aston Martin.

  41. R43Niggo


    Maand geleden

    Williams comeback is coming 😅😍

  42. skittle111


    Maand geleden

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  43. Dave Collns

    Dave Collns

    Maand geleden

    Testing don't mean anything..Ferrari 2019 looked like the ones to beat. And we know how that went

  44. kaya7412


    Maand geleden

    My ranking. 1. Black mercedes. 2. Red bull. 3. Orange Mercedes. 4. Green Meercedes. 5. Red Toro rosso

  45. glitch107


    Maand geleden

    I hate it when Mercedes is bluffing. Arrogant pricks.

  46. Moritz Rossbroich

    Moritz Rossbroich

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes: The Trickster

  47. Flammen Official

    Flammen Official

    Maand geleden

    From testing alone you can't put Aston so high really.. they didn't show pace and didn't do the laps either so... the only reason it rates high is because of what they did last year.

  48. Gary Heywood

    Gary Heywood

    Maand geleden

    I would like to see a more competitive season this year, mercedes ran away with the constructors and driver titles last year. Also I would like to see maclaren do better.

  49. chuckschilling


    Maand geleden

    FFS. Testing is just that - testing. It isn't a competition except in the minds of idiots.

  50. R4M Monkee

    R4M Monkee

    Maand geleden

    Who watched testing and thought Alpine were back of the grid? Your mad, they're top 4 all day long.

  51. PbPomper


    Maand geleden

    I think Alpine will be better than people think and AMR a lot worse.

  52. Tech 4u

    Tech 4u

    Maand geleden

    Fastest lap was set during a sandstorm ... Red Bull might just become hamilton's sunset on the horizon ;)

  53. Krystian Pelchner

    Krystian Pelchner

    Maand geleden

    Where is Alfa Romeo in the thumbnail?

  54. Alex Alkov

    Alex Alkov

    Maand geleden

    Go ferrari

  55. levi mata

    levi mata

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes and Lewis are headed for an 8th World Champion title. If that’s the case I do think it’ll be the last one before Red Bull takes the crown

  56. Spiros Moyrikis

    Spiros Moyrikis

    Maand geleden

    Ferrari 6th for 2021...really???i believe 3rd-4.

  57. Esther Akeode

    Esther Akeode

    Maand geleden

    To show how powerful Ferrari is it is that the two Honda and Ferrari powered cars are faster than the Mercedes

  58. HanCholo


    Maand geleden

    Go Williams!

  59. Bobby Timms

    Bobby Timms

    Maand geleden

    If Aston Martin and particularly, Seb, out perform Ferrari, I can't wait to see the smile on Seb's face.

  60. Batualp Yılmaz

    Batualp Yılmaz

    Maand geleden

    Sorry,but have to dislike this video.You're just talking same with F1 official commentators no other opinion pure glorificaiton of the Aston Martin.This attitude is not cool.

  61. Canis Majoris

    Canis Majoris

    Maand geleden

    remember 2019 when these guys said merc were way behind ferrari? lmao

  62. Axel van Ispelen

    Axel van Ispelen

    Maand geleden

    Mercedes had a shit testing. I don’t know why you rank it so high. Haas did better then Merc lmao.

  63. glen dsouza

    glen dsouza

    Maand geleden

    And second thing, Redbull won't beat Mercedes.

  64. glen dsouza

    glen dsouza

    Maand geleden

    Even with Mercedes and Honda engines AMR, and Alpha Tauri won't beat Alpine. Wait and watch .

  65. glen dsouza

    glen dsouza

    Maand geleden

    Lol joke. Alpine will be ahead of alpha Tauri and Aston Martin. Mark my words.

  66. MDG


    Maand geleden

    Dont give me hope!!!? DONT!!!!

  67. tonyhs


    Maand geleden

    How you're placing Aston martin ahead of Alpine just shows how stupidly biased you are ! Not saying AM won't be ahead during the season, but on tests alone COME ON !

  68. jjbb18


    Maand geleden

    I'd love this to be the end of Mercedes dominance but Mercedes are full of cow pat haha

  69. Senor Spaghette

    Senor Spaghette

    Maand geleden

    It's weird when there are majority of the fans who are more excited to see someone other than Mercedes winning, than actually wanting their team to be successful 😂 ill admit I jumped on the red bull bandwagon a few times just to see things mixed up

  70. rodrrico


    Maand geleden

    I guess we'll see how right you are at round 1.

  71. Billy H. III

    Billy H. III

    Maand geleden

    Wait m. How did Alpine "Set the 8th fastest time" and "only cracked the top 9 fastest at the end of the day once"???

  72. ** PN TakeFlight **

    ** PN TakeFlight **

    Maand geleden

    This list isn’t accurate

  73. JohnDaWhale3


    Maand geleden

    Haas should change their name to H-ass.

  74. Julian.Leivsgard


    Maand geleden

    1. Red Bull 2. Mclaren 3. Alphatauri 4. Mercedes 5. Farari 6. Aston Martin 7. Williams 8. Alpine 9. Alfa Romeo 10. Haas

  75. Dimitri Moreira

    Dimitri Moreira

    Maand geleden

    Given the tyre differences and all, I'd put AlphaTauri, McLaren and Aston Martin pretty much tied. Ferrari tied with Alpine, Williams in front of Alpha Romeo just slightly, Haas definitely getting lapped and Red Bull definitely the best car as of now.

  76. AM25Gaming


    Maand geleden

    I really believe Mercedes are struggling, hope not. if I am wrong I’ll be back to delete this dumb message.

  77. Steven G

    Steven G

    Maand geleden

    I would switch places for Alpine and Aston Martin, but for the rest I agree.

  78. Stefan


    Maand geleden

    British press: underestimate Ferrari, because it is italian team

  79. Shelby Cofrances

    Shelby Cofrances

    Maand geleden

    I thought Williams closed? Season 3 of Formula 1: Drive to Survive premieres Friday, March 19, 2021 on Netflix!

  80. george


    Maand geleden

    1. Hamilton 2.Verstappen 3. Perez...........9.Alonso 11.Vettel ...........15Raikkonen.......19.Latifi 20.Mazepin

  81. george


    Maand geleden

    Not agree with alpha tauri being better than alpine, and I would also switch aston with ferrari

  82. Alex Waltman

    Alex Waltman

    Maand geleden

    Mclaren 3rd?! I know they looked good but they had to integrate a Mercedes engine into a chassis meant for a Renault power unit... There's bound to be underlying issues there. I want to believe McLaren swapped the motor without issue but I just don't. I suspect McLaren will have a season plagued with reliability or chassis unpredictability issues.

  83. General RAAM

    General RAAM

    Maand geleden

    Really hope McLaren can win a race or 4 this season.



    Maand geleden

    My predictions: 1. Mercedes 2. Red Bull (it's gonna be a tight one) 3. McLaren (close to them a bit) 4. Alpine 5. Alpha Tauri 6. Ferrari 7. Aston Martin (total disappointment) 8. Alfa Romeo (a big surprise for me) 9. Williams (an expected one, but personally I expected them to be above Alfa) 10. Haas (yeah, I think that one was easy, sad for Mick)

  85. Beerus The Destroyer

    Beerus The Destroyer

    Maand geleden

    If Alpha Tauri can get podiums this year, it will be a turn around for Honda which no one expects.

  86. Freddie Freihofer

    Freddie Freihofer

    Maand geleden

    Kevin and Romain may have dodged a bullet

  87. Grogg 22

    Grogg 22

    Maand geleden

    people are definetly overrating alpha tauri

  88. KP L

    KP L

    Maand geleden

    Alfa might surprise with Iceman, and Giovi is not that bad anymore either

  89. Campbell McFarlane

    Campbell McFarlane

    Maand geleden

    Why does this video exist.....

  90. Titus Panes

    Titus Panes

    Maand geleden

    of course he will prase the merc though

  91. Tuba


    Maand geleden

    I don't think Gunther will make it through with this season, the stress on the poor man. 😂

    • West Water Woodcrafts

      West Water Woodcrafts

      Dag geleden

      Gunther either LOVES auto racing, or is extremely well compensated. There is no other explanation for his continuing to stick with the show that is Haas Racing. I mean mad props to him, but I hope it doesn’t kill him

    • Mika Tuukkanen

      Mika Tuukkanen

      Maand geleden

      He is one guy whos job I really would not want. Trying to keep the thing together with constant issues in social, financial, ethical and law/rule related matters. as you said, poor man.

  92. Vijit Coomara

    Vijit Coomara

    Maand geleden

    It will be the same story as last year. Ferrari will be up fighting with red bull for second place.

  93. Jitesh Panjwani

    Jitesh Panjwani

    Maand geleden

    There'll be a tussle at top between Mercedes and Red Bull with McLaren sitting comfortable on third. Then there'll be a great battle in midfield between Alpha Tauri, Aston Martin and Ferrari for 4th, 5th and 6th spot

  94. stu Art

    stu Art

    Maand geleden

    Most teams have to spend as much time as possible on track during testing to keep the sponsors happy (four wheeled ad board) Mercedes has the luxury of the camera pointing at them 💯 of the time, no need to stress 😂 Maclaren will be the team to watch 👍

  95. Frank Nicholas Dale

    Frank Nicholas Dale

    Maand geleden

    McLaren without a doubt will be a surprise package particularly with Ricciardo , who I believe could be a decider as to who wins the WC

  96. Jean-François M

    Jean-François M

    Maand geleden

    Far far far too early to rank

  97. shazec


    Maand geleden

    Tests: Mercedes is slower than Red Bull and they have problems Bahrain quali: HAM BOT VER

  98. Francesco Pettenò

    Francesco Pettenò

    Maand geleden

    I think Ferrari is sandbagging af

    • Strike 098

      Strike 098

      Maand geleden

      Yeh since 2009 lol

  99. 02 Miguel Alvarado

    02 Miguel Alvarado

    Maand geleden

    McLaren's Goal:3rd in the constructors championship again like last year but closer to redbull than last year.

  100. Freek Hermans

    Freek Hermans

    Maand geleden

    Verstappen for title?