The 2020 F1 Season – A Handy Guide

2019 Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday - Wolfgang Wilhelm

The 2020 F1 season currently contains 22 races and runs from March to December, however the Chinese Grand Prix is currently postponed  due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and no alternative date has been given for it. Here’s our guide to the who, what and where for this year, which we’ll update as more information comes out from the teams and F1.

This season features the same 10 teams as last year, with a new name for the Toro Rosso team, now being branded as Alpha Tauri with their new sponsorship deal with the RedBull clothing label. This year there’s one rookie driver on the grid (Nicholas Latifi) and one driver returning from a year away (Esteban Ocon). In a turn round from last year, 8 of the teams have the same lineup as we saw at the end of last season in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team – Car F1 W11 EQ Performance – Engine: Mercedes

  • 44 Lewis Hamilton
  • 77 Vatteri Bottas

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow – Car SF1000 – Engine: Ferrari

  • 5 Sebasitan Vettel
  • 16 Charles Leclerc

Haas F1 Team – Car VF-20 – Engine: Ferrari

  • 8 Romain Grosjean
  • 20 Kevin Magnussen

McLaren F1 Team – Car: MCL35 – Engine: Renault

  • 2 Lando Norris
  • 55 Carlos Sainz

BWT Racing Point F1 Team- Car: RP20 – Engine: Mercedes

  • 11 Sergio Perez
  • 18 Lance Stroll

Aston Martin RedBull Racing – Car: RB16 – Engine: Honda

  • 23 Alex Albon 
  • 33 Max Verstappen

Renault F1 Team – Car: R.S.20- Engine: Renault

  • 3 Daniel Ricciardo
  • 31 Eteban Ocon

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen – Car: C39 – Engine: Ferrari

  • 7 Kimi Raikkonen
  • 99 Antonio Giovinazzi

Scuderia Alpha Tauri Honda – Car: AT01 – Engine: Honda

  • 10 Pierre Gasly (Belgium to Abu Dhabi)
  • 26 Daniil Kvyat

ROKiT Williams Racing – Car: FW43 – Engine: Mercedes

  • 63 George Russell
  • 6 Nicholas Latifi (R)

Testing is even more limited during the season with the 2 days of testing after the Bahrain Grand Prix and 2 days at the Circuit de Barcelona not taking place this year due to the expanded (before postponements) calendar. Pirelli will be running private tyre tests during the season and we expect the usual young drivers test to take place in early December after the last race in Abu Dhabi

Pre Season:

  • Barcelona Feb 18-20
  • Barcelona Feb 25 – 27

Tyre Tests:

  • TBC

Young Drivers Test

  • Abu Dhabi (TBC)

We were scheduled to have a record breaking 22 races this season, but as things stand with the current Covid-19 outbreak that started in China towards the end of 2019, the Australian Grand Prix been cancelled and the Bahrain, Vietnam  and Chinese Grands Prix have been postponed. Currently the first race that hasn’t been cancelled or postponed is in May at the returning Dutch Grand Prix, however F1 are currently saying (as of March 13th) that they expect the season to start at “The end of May” although this will be regularly reviewed.

Round Race Circuit FP1 & FP2 FP3 & Qualifying Race
1 Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
2 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir Postponed Postponed Postponed
3 Vietnam Grand Prix Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi Postponed Postponed Postponed
4 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai TBA TBA TBA
5 Dutch Grand Prix Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort 1 May 2020 2 May 2020 3 May 2020
6 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló 8 May 2020 9 May 2020 10 May 2020
7 Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo Thursday 21 May 2020 23 May 2020 24 May 2020
8 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit, Baku 5 June 2020 6 June 2020 7 June 2020
9 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 12 June 2020 13 June 2020 14 June 2020
10 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 26 June 2020 27 June 2020 28 June 2020
11 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 3 July 2020 4 July 2020 5 July 2020
12 British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 17 July 2020 18 July 2020 19 July 2020
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Mogyoród 31 July 2020 01 August 2020 02 August 2020
14 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 28 August 2020 29 August 2020 30 August 2020
15 Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 04 September 2020 05 September 2020 06 September 2020
16 Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 18 September 2020 19 September 2020 20 September 2020
17 Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom, Sochi 25 September 2020 26 September 2020 27 September 2020
18 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 9 October 2020 10 October 2020 11 October 2020
19 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas 23 October 2020 24 October 2020 25 October 2020
20 Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 30 October 2020 31 October 2020 1 November 2020
21 Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 13 November 2020 14 November 2020 15 November 2020
22 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 27 November 2020 28 November 2020 29 November 2020

The rules this season are pretty much unchanged from 2019 as F1 prepares for a major shakeup in 2021 ,with the only major change being that teams now get an extra MGU-K due to the extra race.  One other thing of note though is that cars will now have 2 fuel flow meters installed after Ferrari may or may not have gone against the fuel flow regulations last year. Missing the weighbridge during practice sessions will now not carry an automatic disqualification from qualifying and penalties for these, along with the severity of penalties for jump starts will be down to the stewards.

Young drivers will now gain Super-Licence points for taking part in FP1 sessions, up to a maximum of 10 per season, to fast track F2 drivers into F1

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