The 2020 Formula 1 season, the last before the regulations undergo an expected revolution, will start this Friday with the Bahrain Grand Prix, where the british Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) will begin to defend his throne and the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) will debut their new projects.
The 23 races of the new F1 World, the longest in the history of the competition, avoid the traditional premiere each year in Australia due to the pandemic and start in the Bahrain International Circuit, better known as Sakhir.
It will be in this scenario where the first unknowns of a strange season will begin to be resolved, the first after the uncertain 2020 caused by the coronavirus and the last of the current competition before the regulations undergo a complete revolution in 2022.
With few new features at a technical level, On a human level, the great news bears the name of Fernando Alonso, that he returns to the ‘Great Circus’ after two years in which he has hardened in various competitions and in cars very different from those he was used to during most of his career.
The double world champion returns to his ‘home’ of Renault, recently renamed Alpine, to experience its third stage with the Renault team, where it lived its greatest days of glory. The Asturian, who will turn 40 next summer, has made it clear that he keeps his ambition intact and dreams of fighting for a third title next year. Before, he wants to aspire to podiums in the present World Cup.
For his part, Sainz makes his debut in the most illustrious team in F1, the only one that has participated in the 70-year longevity of the competition, and makes him mature after five years of experience wearing the racing suits. Toro Rosso, Renault and McLaren, none with the mystique of her new red garment.
After what Ferrari will complete one of the worst World Cups in its history in 2020, falling to sixth position in the constructors’ championship, the Madrilenian wants to collaborate in the resurrection of the ‘Scuderia’ by forming with Charles Leclerc one of the youngest couples in team history.
Hamilton’s historical challenge
As for the rest of the grid, Hamilton, who last year equaled Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles, is facing his great opportunity to become the most successful solo rider. leaving the ‘Kaiser’ behind.
The Mercedes team had reliability problems in the scarce three-day preseason, but even so it continues to be unanimously pointed out by the entire ‘paddock’ as the great candidate to continue reigning in the World Cup for the eighth consecutive year.
In front of Valtteri Bottas, who has never been a true rival for the title in his three seasons in the German team, the Englishman a priori will have as his great opponent Max verstappen (Red Bull), especially after the good feelings that his car left in the tests. At first, These two teams are called to fight for the victories.
From behind, the goal of reaching podiums is shared by Ferrari and Alpine themselves together with other teams like McLaren, third in the last World Cup and who has recruited Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), or the new Aston Martin, where the four-time world champion Sebastian vettel aspires to be reborn.
In addition, another important focus will be on Mick Schumacher (Haas), who after showing his quality in F2, where he was proclaimed champion, makes his F1 debut against some drivers who fought with his father on the asphalt such as Alonso, Hamilton or the also world champion Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo).
First practice session 12.30 – 13.30.
Second practice session 16.00 – 17.00.
Third practice session 13.00 – 14.00.
Qualification session 16.00 – 17.00.