For the final couple of years, Method 1 has been dominated by Mercedes, Ferrari, and Purple Bull.
These three groups have successfully had the higher hand since 2007. Bar 2009, when Brawn GP received each championships, it’s been an influence battle for supremacy between these groups.
Thoughts you, Mercedes-AMG purchased Brawn GP in 2009 and subsequently renamed it to Mercedes for 2010 onward.
Behind the triumphant trio, battles have been raging – some within the midfield, and others behind the sector. Whereas the degrees of the respective successes are various, a number of the gamers within the sport are left with tons of labor to do.
The likes of Williams have been within the doldrums for nearly 20 years, whereas Renault can’t ship on the promised hype they conjure in the beginning of every season.
Be that as it could, some groups have all to play for this yr as the game readies itself for the all-important 2021 season. Although subsequent yr’s automobiles will likely be vastly totally different to this yr’s, the monetary incentives for scoring good outcomes can go a great distance in funding the subsequent technology of F1 automobiles.
Mercedes’ 2020 F1 automotive. Picture: TeamTalk
ROKit Williams Racing
Following years of being the group’s important sponsor, Martini packed their luggage and withdrew their involvement. In comes ROKit, who will likely be searching for their funding to return the specified dividends. However Williams has a protracted technique to go if they’re to enhance on their 2019 displaying.
Final yr, the group solely scored one solitary level all through the entire season – albeit by luck. They had been by no means near any aggressive stage and wish the brand new F1 season to show their fortunes round. To treat this season as a hit, Williams’ group boss, Claire Williams, is seeking to make it to Q2 of every race’s qualifying session and end each race within the within the prime ten. Or at the very least attempt to.
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Whether or not or not the group obtain their targets or not, they should enhance on their 2019 displaying. In George Russell and Nicholas Latifi the group has two younger drivers who’re hungry for fulfillment, and who might help to raise the group from their last-place end in 2019.
When Haas joined the game in 2016, that they had an excellent debut season. Within the subsequent years, the group fell from grace and struggled to string collectively a collection of excellent outcomes. In 2018 and 2019, Haas F1 fell sufferer to driver Romain Grosjean’s incident-prone racing, together with clashes between him and group mate Kevin Magnussen.
In 2019, an out-of-contract Grosjean was rumoured to get replaced by ousted Renault driver, Nico Hulkenberg. A lot to everybody’s shock, Haas opted to retain Grosjean’s providers.
Grosjean’s antics price the group a full haul of factors in lots of races and he’ll have to point out the group that he can carry residence the utmost end result. One driver (Magnussen) can’t carry the group’s efficiency on his shoulders alone, and Haas will want Grosjean to tug his weight. If not, the group can put together for one more woeful season.
Renault F1 group
Following Hulkenberg’s ousting, the group opted to rake within the providers of Mercedes reserve driver, Esteban Ocon. The brand new partnership between Renault and Ocon, and likewise Daniel Ricciardo and Ocon, ought to see the group return to the rostrum – hopefully.
In 2019, Renault was bested to fourth place total by McLaren who, satirically, is racing with a Renault engine. The group suffered from poor reliability final yr, in addition to on-track incidents with rival groups.
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2020 is a very huge yr for Renault, as a result of Ricciardo will likely be out of contract come year-end, and groups like Ferrari are rumoured to have curiosity in him for the 2021 season. Going into subsequent yr, Renault will need to hold stability within the group and Ricciardo is an integral a part of that.
2020 Renault F1 automotive. Picture: Getty Pictures
It’s most likely a bit unusual to see Ferrari make the listing, however the group has been carrying the ‘better of the remainder’ tag since 2008. The good Italian F1 group struggled in opposition to Purple Bull Racing (2010 – 2013), and now Mercedes (2014 -). Even buying the providers of Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen (twice), and Sebastian Vettel did little to enhance their displaying.
In 2019 issues improved for the higher when Charles Leclerc joined the group, however Vettel, the group’s quadruple world champion, couldn’t match his youthful group mate for tempo.
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Ferrari desires to topple Mercedes in 2020, however additionally they should determine on their driver line-up for 2021. Vettel, who’s contract expires on the finish of this yr, has till Could to persuade Ferrari’s prime brass that he’s nonetheless aggressive. If not, he may very well be changed by Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, and even Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
The 2020 F1 season begins in Australia, 13 – 15 March.