Damon Hill who won the Formula 1 world championship in 1996 thinks there are four key factors that will decide who prevails in the 2021 title race between Mercedes and Red Bull.
With Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton triumphing over Red Bull's Max Verstappen by less than second during the season-opening race in Bahrain, many anticipate that this season's championship will be an epic battle between these two behemoths. Hill thinks ultimately the winner will be decided by these key aspects.
"It's going to be down to tactics," Hill said on the F1 Nation podcast.
"It's going to be down to how well prepared they are at a race meeting, it's going to come down to the driver delivering and the race team getting their strategy right. I think that's just a fantastic recipe for motor racing.
"We've got a very, very tight competition between two teams who have got their car sorted, Red Bull have made a leap forward."
Hill also weighed in on the debate regarding the rule changes, which seems to have affected Mercedes more than Red Bull.
"It may be that Mercedes have suffered more than Red Bull with this new regulation about the floor," Hill continued.
"Being a low rake car, this conversation going on about the different philosophies of the attitude of the car with the rake, it does have an enormous influence.
"We also heard Aston Martin complaining, saying effectively that the regulations have harmed them more than the high rake cars. Mercedes aren't quite so vocal, but definitely they're going to have a fight on their hands."
The 2021 Formula 1 season could witness one of the most exiciting championship battles in recent years.Mercedes are in the process of designing a new floor themselves and with Red Bull unlikely to relent in their own quest for improvement, the battle will most likely represent a tug of war between two teams that are at the peak of their powers.