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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 is due to 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. Taking place from March to November, the championship is due to be contested over 22 Grands Prix,[a] which would make the 2020 championship the longest in the sport's history. 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[edit]

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 Chassis Power unit Race drivers
No. Driver name Ref.
Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen[2] Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C39[2] Ferrari 065 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen [3]
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi [4]
Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri-Honda AT01[5] Honda RA620H[6] 10 France Pierre Gasly [7]
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat [7]
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari SF1000[8] Ferrari 065[9] 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel [10]
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc [11]
United States Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-20[12] Ferrari 065 8 France Romain Grosjean [13]
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen [14]
United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren-Renault MCL35[15] Renault E-Tech 20[16] 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris [17]
55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. [18]
Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance[19] Mercedes M11 EQ Performance 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton [20]
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas [21]
United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team[22] Racing Point-BWT Mercedes RP20[23] BWT Mercedes[b] 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez [25]
18 Canada Lance Stroll [26]
Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing-Honda RB16[27] Honda RA620H 23 Thailand Alexander Albon [28]
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen [29]
France Renault F1 Team Renault R.S.20[30] Renault E-Tech 20[31] 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo [32]
31 France Esteban Ocon [33]
United Kingdom ROKiT Williams Racing Williams-Mercedes FW43[34] Mercedes M11 EQ Performance[35] 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi [36][37]
63 United Kingdom George Russell [38]
Source:[30]

Team changes[edit]

Red Bull GmbH, the parent company of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, renamed Toro Rosso as "Scuderia AlphaTauri". The team will use the constructor name "AlphaTauri".[30] The name is derived from Red Bull's AlphaTauri fashion brand.[39]

Driver changes[edit]

Esteban Ocon signed a contract with Renault, replacing Nico Hülkenberg, meaning that Ocon will return to racing full-time in Formula One for the first time since 2018.[33] Robert Kubica left Williams at the end of the 2019 championship and joined Alfa Romeo Racing as a reserve driver,[2] combining the role with a drive in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.[40] Nicholas Latifi, who finished as runner-up in the 2019 Formula 2 Championship, replaced Kubica at Williams in his competitive debut.[36][41]

Calendar[edit]

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

The following 22 Grands Prix are due to be run as part of the 2020 World Championship. The length of each race is 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).[42]

Schedule of events
Round Grand Prix Circuit Race date
1 Australian Grand Prix Australia Albert Park 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 Dutch Grand Prix Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort 3 May
5 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona 10 May
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 24 May
7 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku 7 June
8 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal 14 June
9 French Grand Prix France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 28 June
10 Austrian Grand Prix Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 5 July
11 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 19 July
12 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród 2 August
13 Belgian Grand Prix Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 30 August
14 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 6 September
15 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 20 September
16 Russian Grand Prix Russia Sochi Autodrom, Sochi 27 September
17 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 11 October
18 United States Grand Prix United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas 25 October
19 Mexico City Grand Prix Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 1 November
20 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 15 November
21 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 29 November
Race under contract to run in 2020, but without a confirmed date:
Chinese Grand Prix China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai TBA[a]
Source:[44]

Calendar changes[edit]

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.[45] 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,[46][47] 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".[53][54]

The Chinese Grand Prix was originally due to take place on 19 April but was postponed to an unannounced date. The postponement was announced as a precaution in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.[43] The decision to postpone the race was made in February 2020 so as to allow teams to redirect their infrastructure for races outside Europe that needed to be shipped to other events.[55]

Regulation changes[edit]

Sporting regulations[edit]

Teams will be allowed to use one more MGU-K compared to 2019 to compensate for the increased demands of contesting twenty-two races.[56][57]

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.[58] 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 will be 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 will also no longer be allowed to hide their cars during testing.[59] The amount of time in which car mechanics are not allowed to work on the car has been extended from eight to nine hours.[57]

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.[57]

Technical regulations[edit]

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 will also be decreased.[57]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Chinese Grand Prix was originally due to take place on 19 April. It was postponed to an unannounced date in response to the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.[43]
  2. ^ Racing Point F1 Team uses Mercedes M11 EQ Performance power units. For sponsorship purposes, these engines are rebadged as "BWT Mercedes".[24]

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