F1 2020: A Look Ahead at What To Expect

A new Formula 1 season is on the horizon. The rumours circulating regarding some of the drivers and constructors only add to the anticipation.

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This year’s calendar will include 22 races, including a new Grand Prix track and a return of an old favourite. Let’s have a look at what to expect in the upcoming Grand Prix season.

Golden Oldie And Return of the Track?

Dutch Track 

Among the 22 races expected in this year’s Formula 1 season will see the return to the old iconic Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. This race is scheduled for 3 May, wedged between the the Spanish and Chinese Grand Prix. This is set to be a fantastic track to race, even though there’s no overtaking.
An updated layout of the Hanoi Circuit in Vietnam has also been revealed and the drivers are set to compete on this track on the 5 April. One thing is for sure, the reaction towards this track has been much more positive than the Zandvoort track.

Australian GP Under Threat?

 Australian GP

With forest fires running rampant in Australia, it is a cause for concern for Formula 1’s first race in Melbourne. With tennis players struggling with breathing issues and qualify of air during qualification rounds of the Australian Open, it is worthy to note whether the first race of the season will be postponed or go ahead as planned.
They could reschedule and start the season off in Bahrain and return at a later stage, however this is yet to be announced.

Driver Lineups

Valterri Bottas 

Speculation as to who will partner Hamilton in the driver’s lineup For Mercedes has been laid to rest after confirmation that Valterri Bottas will remain with the current constructor champions.

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel

Meanwhile in Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel looked to be holding the key to unlocking the F1 driver’s market as his contract was set to expire in 2020. With the young blood of Charles Leclerc sweeping consecutive victories while making Vettel’s pace look pedestrian, we were sure to see a coveted Ferrari seat open. As things stand, the pair should continue for this season.
Alex Albon is also set to keep his place at Red Bull after the team confirmed they were impressed by his contributions after replacing Pierre Gasly.

The 2020 F1 Race Calendar

1 15 MAR AUSTRALIA Melbourne
2 22 MAR BAHRAIN Sakhir
4 19 APR CHINA Shanghai
6 10 MAY SPAIN Barcelona
7 24 MAY MONACO Monte Carlo
9 14 JUN CANADA Montreal
10 28 JUN FRANCE Le Castellet
11 5 JUL AUSTRIA Spielberg
12 19 JUL GREAT BRITAIN Silverstone
13 2 AUG HUNGARY Budapest
14 30 AUG BELGIUM Spa-Francorchamps
15 6 SEP ITALY Monza
16 20 SEP SINGAPORE Singapore
17 27 SEP RUSSIA Sochi
18 11 OCT JAPAN Suzuka
20 1 NOV MEXICO CITY Mexico City
21 15 NOV BRAZIL Sao Paulo
22 29 NOV ABU DHABI Yas Island
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Published: 01/17/2020