According to many, 2021 would be a gap year due to the major changes to F1 in 2022. World Champion Jenson Button is full of praise for the competition this year, he told Express Sport.
"It's going to be like that through the season [ebbing and flowing], which is really exciting, and coming into this year we all love a new season," he said.
"But I didn't expect it to be like this. I thought it was like the gap year, if you like, from 2020 to 2022 when the new regulations come in. But it's actually been the most awesome year in seven years, It's great to see those guys fighting in front, from different teams. And there's also the rivalry between the drivers and there's a rivalry between the teams."
Teams like McLaren also doing well
Mercedes and Red Bull may be talked about a lot because of the championship fight, but teams in the midfield are also doing well according to Button.
"You got Toto [Wolff] and Christian [Horner], they're such personalities and very outspoken, both of them. So it's that's awesome to see, I'm enjoying that fight more than the actual drivers - it's heating up. And it's not just the top two teams, It's the teams behind the McLaren AlphaTauri, Ferrari, Alpine."
"You know, these guys are fighting really, really hard. And there are some great drives coming from many different drivers and different teams, every race, you know, it's mixed up the whole time," Button concluded.