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F1 2020 is GO, GO, GO

F1 2020 is GO, GO, GO

After an agonising winter break, the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season is only days away and with it brings an array of impossible to answer scenarios. Will Lewis Hamilton equal the great Michael Schumacher’s seven world championships or can one of the next generation steal the crown? Will Mercedes continue their dominance or can Ferrari or Red Bull regain their glory and will McLaren retain their ‘best of the rest’ status?

This blog post gives you all the information you need to ensure you are ready for lights out on Sunday.

The Teams and Drivers

As expected, the majority of teams have remained the same, only Renault and Williams have made changes. Mercedes hot prospect Esteban Ocon replaces the experienced Nico Hulkenberg a Renault and rookie Nicholas Latifi has taken veteran Robert Kubica’s race seat at Williams. Kubica himself has joined the Alfa Romeo team as reserve driver.

Just as things stood in 2019, their will be 10 teams in the championship. The only difference is that the Toro Rosso team has been rebranded Scuderia AlphaTauri in reference to Red Bull’s new clothing range.

Team

Driver 1

Driver 2

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen

Kimi Raikkonen

Antonio Giovinazzi

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda

Pierre Gasly

Daniil Kvyat

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow

Sebastian Vettel

Charles Leclerc

Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris

Carlos Sainz Jr

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas

BWT Racing Point F1 Team

Sergio Perez

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Alexander Albon

Max Verstappen

Renault DP World F1 Team

Daniel Ricciardo

Esteban Ocon

ROKiT Williams Racing

Nicholas Latifi

George Russel

 

The Cars

Big changes are coming in 2021 which will change the cars and the championship completely, but due to this, minimal changes have been made for 2020. The cars will be powered by the same 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid engines capable of hitting 62mph in around 2 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200mph.

The final 50mm of the car’s front wings can no longer contain any metal in a bid to lower the number of punctures after two cars make contact and each team is now required to design their own brake ducts rather than outsourcing. The final change regards the level of fuel kept outside the fuel tank and the amount of driving aids; both of which have been reduced.  

The Races

2020 was going to be the longest season the championship has had in its 70-year history. A first event in Vietnam as well as a return to Zandvoort in Holland were confirmed in a 22-race marathon. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix in April the busy calendar offers limited free weekends and in addition to the uncertainty surrounded the virus, it’s unsure when and even if this race will take place. The Bahrain Grand Prix has also been affected, and will be run behind closed doors.

Despite Coronavirus, 21 races are still planned, including the traditional season opener in Melbourne, Australia to the curtain fall at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi via many locations such as Monte Carlo, Azerbaijan, Canada, the UK, Italy, Japan and the USA amongst many more.  

The 2020 calendar is as follows;

Round

Date

Grand Prix

Circuit

1

15th March

Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne

2

22nd March

Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

3

5th April

Vietnamese Grand Prix

Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi

 

TBA

Chinese Grand Prix

Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai

4

3rd May

Dutch Grand Prix

Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort

5

10th May

Spanish Grand Prix

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmelo

6

24th May

Monaco Grand Prix

Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

7

7th June

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku City Circuit, Baku

8

14th June

Canadian Grand Prix

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

9

28th June

French Grand Prix

Circuit Paul Richard, Le Castellet

10

5th July

Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

11

19th July

British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

12

2nd August

Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungaroring, Mogyorod

13

30th August

Belgian Grand Prix

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot

14

6th September

Italian Grand Prix

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza

15

20th September

Singapore Grand Prix

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Suzuka

16

27th September

Russian Grand Prix

Sochi Autodrom, Sochi

17

11th October

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka

18

25th October

United States Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

19

1st November

Mexico Grand Prix

Autodromo Hermanes Rodrigues, Mexico City

20

15th November

Brazilian Grand Prix

Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo

21

29th November

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

 

The 2020 Formula 1 season is set to be full of on-track action, unpredictable results and fantastic racing. Nobody knows who’ll be world champion in nine months’ time but it’s going to be thrilling watching finding out.




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