Its launch week for Formula 1 and teams will be looking to maximise their performance under the current rules while continuing development on their cars for 2021 and a new set of regulations.
Ferrari was the first to unveil a physical car on Tuesday in a lavish ceremony at the Romolo Valli Municipal Theatre in Reggio Emilia. Ferrari’s car SF1000 was named to celebrate the team’s 1000th Formula 1 race during the upcoming season.
Renault is hoping to return to the top of the midfield again in 2020 with a new driver Esteban Ocon who is joining the impressive Daniel Ricciardo. But F1 fans are wondering just one thing – where is the car. The French team had a presentation in Paris but presented only a few renders showing parts of the Renault R.S.20.
On the same day, Red Bull launched the new RB16 with now-traditional Red Bull livery and became the first of the 2020 F1 challengers to hit the track on Wednesday when Verstappen got behind the wheel for a shakedown run at Silverstone.
McLaren revealed the new MCL35 at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking with hope to continue the success of last year’s car. Under the leadership of Andreas Seidl, McLaren has made substantial progress since switching from Honda to Renault, but this will be McLaren’s final Renault-powered machine before their switch back to Mercedes engines for 2021.
World champion Mercedes, revealed their challenger W11 on Valentine’s day morning, trying to get a record-equaling seventh championship. The livery, completely with a new sponsor in INEOS, was unveiled on Monday, but new photos show the gold (or silver) standard for F1 cars since the start of the turbo-hybrid era as Mercedes have secured every title since 2014.
The Faeza team, formerly known as Toro Rosso, now called by Red Bull’s clothing line AlphaTauri, will present their car on Friday evening.
Racing Point will reveal their 2020 challenger at sponsor BWT’s headquarters in Mondsee, Austria, two days before winter testing is set to begin, just like Williams that will unveil images of the FW43 on 17th as well, but in an online launch.
With a though year behind them after its front wing concept caught the attention of the rest of the paddock, which swiftly copied it, Alfa Romeo team is hoping that the C39 will be an improvement. They’ll unveil its 2020 car in the Circuit de Catalunya pitlane on the morning of the first test.
Just like the Swiss team, Hass will wait until the test morning to roll out a physical car, but they were first to show 2020 livery with digital images of this year’s VF-20 car.
2020 will see Formula 1’s calendar run to a full 22 races, including a new Grand Prix in Vietnam and a return to the iconic Zandvoort circuit in The Netherlands.
Pre-season testings will be on 19-21 Feb and the weekend after, 26-28. The 2020 F1 race year will start with Australian Grand Prix on 15th of March.