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2020 Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton is the reigning World Champion.

The 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship is a planned motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is due to be the 71st running of the Formula One World Championship. The season will mark the 70th anniversary of the first Formula One season.[1] The championship is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Originally due to start in March, the start of the season was postponed until June in response to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic. It was originally due to be contested over 22 Grands Prix, but the number is now uncertain as there is no certainty that all postponed races can be held on later dates. Drivers and teams are scheduled to compete for the titles of World Drivers' Champion and World Constructors' Champion respectively.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are the reigning World Drivers' and World Constructors' champions respectively, after they both won their sixth championships in 2019.

Entries

The following teams and drivers are currently under contract to compete in the 2020 World Championship. All teams compete with tyres supplied by Pirelli.[2]

Entrant Constructor Chassis Power unit Race drivers
No. Driver name
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN[3] Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39[3] Ferrari 065 7
99
Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri-Honda AT01[4] Honda RA620H[5] 10
26
France Pierre Gasly
Russia Daniil Kvyat
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari SF1000[6] Ferrari 065[7] 5
16
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Monaco Charles Leclerc
United States Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-20[8] Ferrari 065 8
20
France Romain Grosjean
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren-Renault MCL35[9] [10] 4
55
United Kingdom Lando Norris
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance[11] [12] 44
77
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Finland Valtteri Bottas
United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team[13] Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20[14] BWT Mercedes[a] 11
18
Mexico Sergio Pérez
Canada Lance Stroll
Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16[16] Honda RA620H 23
33
Thailand Alexander Albon
Netherlands Max Verstappen
France Renault DP World F1 Team[17] Renault R.S.20[18] Renault E-Tech 20[19] 3
31
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
France Esteban Ocon
United Kingdom ROKiT Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes FW43[20] [21] 6
63
Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom George Russell
Source:[18]

Team changes

Red Bull GmbH, the parent company of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, renamed Toro Rosso as "Scuderia AlphaTauri". The team uses the constructor name "AlphaTauri".[18] The name is derived from Red Bull's AlphaTauri fashion brand.[22]

Driver changes

After a year's absence, Esteban Ocon returned to racing in Formula One after signing a contract with Renault, replacing Nico Hülkenberg.[23]Robert Kubica left Williams at the end of the 2019 championship and joined Alfa Romeo Racing as a reserve driver.[3]Nicholas Latifi, the 2019 Formula 2 Championship runner-up, replaced Kubica at Williams.[24][25]

Calendar

Circuits originally scheduled to host a Grand Prix in 2020 are marked with a black dot.

The following 22 Grands Prix were due to be run as part of the 2020 World Championship; as a result of the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, two races have been cancelled and six have been postponed. The length of each race is the minimum number of laps that exceeds a total distance of 305 km (189.5 mi).

The following eight rounds were included on the original calendar published by the World Motorsport Council, but were later removed due to cancellation or pending rescheduling in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

Calendar changes

After purchasing the commercial rights to the sport from CVC Capital Partners in January 2017, Liberty Media announced plans to expand the Formula One calendar using a concept they termed "destination races" and modelled on the Singapore Grand Prix.[31] Under the "destination races" model, Grands Prix would be established in or near key tourist destinations and integrate racing, entertainment and social functions with the aim of making the sport more accessible and appealing to a wider audience. Several countries and venues announced plans to bid for a Grand Prix,[32][33] with two bids being successful:

Liberty Media initially expected that the 2020 calendar would consist of twenty-one Grands Prix and that any new races would come at the expense of existing events, but later negotiated an agreement with the teams to allow up to twenty-two Grands Prix. Several further changes were made between the 2019 and 2020 calendars, with the German Grand Prix discontinued and the Mexican Grand Prix rebranded as the "Mexico City Grand Prix".[39][40]

Regulation changes

Sporting regulations

Teams are allowed to use an additional MGU-K compared to 2019 to compensate for the increased demands of contesting twenty-two races.[41][42]

Drivers who participate in free practice sessions are eligible for additional FIA Super Licence points. Any driver who completes a minimum 100 km (62 mi) during a free practice session receives an additional Super Licence point on the condition that they do not commit a driving infraction.[43] Drivers may only accrue ten Super Licence points per year from free practice sessions.

As a result of the expanded calendar, the two pre-season tests due to take place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya were reduced in length from four days to three days each, whilst the two in-season tests that took place at Bahrain International Circuit and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2019 have been discontinued. Teams were no longer allowed to hide their cars during testing.[44] The amount of time in which car mechanics are not allowed to work on the car has been extended from eight to nine hours.[42]

The rules surrounding jump starts and the weighbridge have been relaxed with the race stewards now being able to hand out less severe punishments for missing the weighbridge and jump starts.[42]

Technical regulations

In order to reduce the risk of punctures, the last 50 mm (2.0 in) of the front wing can no longer contain any metal. Brake ducts can no longer be outsourced and must be made and designed by the team. The amount of fuel that can be outside of the fuel tank has been reduced from 2 litres (3.5 imp pt) to 250 millilitres (0.44 imp pt). The level of driver aids at the start was decreased.[42]

Season report

Reaction to coronavirus pandemic

The early season was heavily disrupted by the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, with an announcement prior to the start of the championship that the Chinese Grand Prix would be postponed.[29] Italian-based teams Ferrari and AlphaTauri expressed concern about the spread of the disease and its effect on the championship.[45][46] Italy has suffered one of the worst outbreaks of the virus, and therefore both teams were concerned about the ability of their staff to leave the quarantine zone established in northern Italy and to enter host nations. Pre-season testing in Barcelona proceeded as planned, with all teams and drivers completing the six days of testing.[47]

Ross Brawn, the managing director of the sport, announced that Grands Prix would not go ahead if a team were blocked from entering a host nation, but that events could go ahead if a team voluntarily chose not to enter a host nation.[48] In early March organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix stated that the event would be "participants-only" and that no spectators would be allowed.[49]

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was expected to go ahead and all teams and drivers arrived at the venue as planned. Three days before the race was due to take place, McLaren announced their withdrawal from the event after a team member tested positive for the virus.[50] This led to the Grand Prix being cancelled altogether the following morning.[51] Later that day, it was announced that the Bahrain Grand Prix would be postponed rather than closed to spectators, as would the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix.[28] Formula One and the FIA released a joint statement saying that they "expect to begin the Championship in Europe at the end of May" but that this timeline "will be regularly reviewed".[52] The annual summer break, where factories shut down for two weeks, was brought forward from August to March and April. Teams will nominate a three-week period to close with the aim of making room for races later in the year.[53]

On 19 March, the FIA announced that the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix had all been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic. In the statement, the FIA said they now expect to begin the season "as soon as it is safe to do so after May" and that the situation would continue to be monitored.[54] The organisers of the Monaco race, Automobile Club de Monaco, clarified that the race had been cancelled. This means that Formula One would not race in Monaco for the first time since 1954.[55] Four days later, organisers of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix announced that the race had been postponed.[56]

Re-scheduled calendar

In March teams agreed that the 2020 Championship could run into early 2021 to ensure the running of as many races as possible. Such a move would also ensure that eight Grands Prix could be held, thereby meeting the minimum number of races needed for the season to qualify as a World Championship.[57][58] The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is contractually obligated to be the final race of the season.[59]

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Notes

  1. ^ Racing Point F1 Team uses Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance power units. For sponsorship purposes, these engines are rebadged as "BWT Mercedes".[15]
  2. ^ a b The Australian Grand Prix was cancelled, but organisers announced their intention to reschedule the race.[27]

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