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2020 FIA Formula One
World Championship
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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 would be the 71st running of the Formula One World Championship. 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. Starting in March and ending in November, the championship is due to be contested over 22 Grands Prix, which makes the 2020 championship the longest in the sport's history. Drivers and teams will 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.[1]

Entrant Constructor Power unit Chassis Race drivers
No. Driver name Ref.
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari Ferrari TBA 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen [2]
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi [3]
Italy Scuderia Alpha Tauri Honda Alpha Tauri-Honda Honda[4] TBA 10 France Pierre Gasly [5]
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat [5]
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari Ferrari TBA 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel [6]
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc [7]
United States Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari Ferrari TBA 8 France Romain Grosjean [8]
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen [9]
United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren-Renault Renault[10] MCL35[11] 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris [12]
55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. [13]
Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Mercedes Mercedes TBA 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [14]
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas [15]
United Kingdom SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point-BWT Mercedes Mercedes TBA 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez [16]
18 Canada Lance Stroll [17]
Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing-Honda Honda TBA 23 Thailand Alexander Albon [18]
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen [19]
France Renault F1 Team Renault Renault R.E.20[20] R.S.20[20] 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo [21]
31 France Esteban Ocon [22]
United Kingdom ROKiT Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes Mercedes[23] TBA 63 United Kingdom George Russell [24]
TBA Canada Nicholas Latifi [25]
Source:[20]

Team changes

Scuderia Toro Rosso will adopt the name "Alpha Tauri" as their constructor name.[20] The name is derived from parent company Red Bull's fashion label.[26]

Driver changes

Esteban Ocon signed a contract with Renault, replacing Nico Hülkenberg.[22] Robert Kubica will leave Williams at the end of the 2019 championship, with 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship runner-up, Nicholas Latifi, set to replace him.[25][27]

Calendar

Nations that are scheduled to host a Grand Prix in 2020 are highlighted in green,[disputed (for: disputed issue on international borders depicted here) ] with circuit locations marked with a black dot. Former host nations are shown in dark grey, and former host circuits are marked with a white dot.

The following twenty-two Grands Prix are due to be run as part of the 2020 World Championship. Each race will be run over the minimum number of laps that exceeds a total distance of 305 km (189.5 mi); the only exception to this is the Monaco Grand Prix, for which the distance is 260 km (161.6 mi).[28]

Schedule of events
Round Grand Prix Circuit Race date
1 Australian Grand Prix Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 15 March
2 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 22 March
3 Vietnamese Grand Prix Vietnam Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi 5 April
4 Chinese Grand Prix China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 19 April
5 Dutch Grand Prix Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort 3 May
6 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló 10 May
7 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 24 May
8 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku 7 June
9 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal 14 June
10 French Grand Prix France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 28 June
11 Austrian Grand Prix Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 5 July
12 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 19 July
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród 2 August
14 Belgian Grand Prix Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 30 August
15 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 6 September
16 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 20 September
17 Russian Grand Prix Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi 27 September
18 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 11 October
19 United States Grand Prix United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas 25 October
20 Mexico City Grand Prix Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 1 November
21 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 15 November
22 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 29 November
Source:[29]

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.[30] 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,[31][32] 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".[38][39]

Regulation changes

Sporting regulations

Teams will be granted an additional quota of some power unit components to compensate for the increased demands of contesting twenty-two races.[40]

Drivers who participate in free practice sessions will be eligible for additional FIA Super Licence points. Any driver who completes a minimum 100 km (62 mi) during a free practice session will receive an additional Super Licence point on the condition that they do not commit a driving infraction.[41] Drivers may only accrue ten Super Licence points per year from free practice sessions.

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