Mercedes driver George Russell has tipped 'underdogs to prevail' in F1's new era this season.
F1 sees the introduction of radically altered regulations this year with aerodynamic structures creating a new-look formula in order to aid overtaking and overall racing excitement.
With different development plans across the grid throughout 2021, a typical shake-up of the pecking order is expected to be induced with the budget cap working against the financial might of manufacturers who would usually spend their way out of trouble.
Asked what he was looking forward to most from the new challenge, Russell said in an interview that involved GPFans: “I think, globally, really excited to see what the new cars offer for everybody. I think that is really exciting.
"But also, I'm looking forward to imparting the development of a car that will be progressing drastically throughout a season, working with the designers, working on the simulator, putting lots of work into progress.
“Because I'm sure it won't necessarily be whoever's quickest at race one will win. It will be whoever progresses fastest and I'm sure there'll be some interesting designs out there.
“There might be some underdogs prevail in the opening tests or races, but it's whoever develops the fastest, develops the best, and to build that foundation for the coming years.
"That's a side I'm really excited for from an engineering perspective."