With the new Red Bull’s unveiling date announcement (February the 12), the 2020 Formula 1 car-launches calendar that kickstarts the new season has now been completed.
They will all take place during six intense days where every new machine will be revealed to mark the beginning of a season in which Mercedes will be pursuing its seventh consecutive crown.
At an individual level, their star Lewis Hamilton will try and get even with the great Michael Schumacher in number of world titles… seven no less.
Ferrari will be the first team to unveil their car. The second qualified of last year’s championships will show their weapon for this season to the world on the 11th of February.
The Prancing Horse, which is still lacking a name, will be driven by Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. The young Monegasque, who has recently had his contract renewed, and the German four-time champion, for whom this could be his last season, will team up again this year in the red team.
One day after that it will be Renault and Red Bull’s turn to present their cars. The French team has signed the also French Esteban Ocon (who didn’t compete in 2019) to team up with Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
Renault’s sporting goals are being severely questioned and their new car must show a considerable performance improvement in order for it to apace all of last season’s critics.
Later that day we will meet the new RB16. Red Bull has been very confident in their ability to be at their most competitive from day one. The increase in power of their Honda engine coupled with a more aerodynamic chassis should allow them to improve from the three victories achieved last year.
— Mercedes-Benz (@MercedesBenz) January 22, 2020
The blue rocket must be the tool with which to fight with and perhaps even win the Mercedes and Ferraris. At the wheel will be the flying Dutch Max Verstappen and the Anglo-Thai, Alex Albon.
The unveiling of the McLaren MCL35 will take place on the 13th of February. The team from Woking also repeats line-up with Spaniard Carlos Sainz and Briton Lando Norris.
Aided by the improvements in their car they should continue moving forward and getting increasingly close to the invincible trio as well as consolidating the rebirth that the Scuderia initiated last year.
It is precisely on the 14th of February, Valentine’s day, that the Mercedes W11, the great favourite and ultimate rival, will be revealed to the world. The new Silver Arrow, driven by Lewis Hamilton as well as by the Finn Valtteri Bottas, is hoping to get its seventh constructor and driver title. If it does so, the Britton would have come up level with Micael Schumacher in number of world titles.
On that same day, Alpha Tauri, previously Toro Rosso, will also present their new vehicle. A re-born Pierre Gasly together with Russian Daniil Kvyat, criticised by his boss Helmut Marko, will take centre stage at the team from Faenza.
On the 17th of February, it will be the turn of Racing Point and Williams. The team from Silverstone wants to be the leaders of the midfield and, in order to do that, they are relying on their star, Mexican Sergio Perez, for a second consecutive year as well as in team owner’s son, Lance Stroll. Their goal: to be competitive at the busiest stretch of track.
Meanwhile, Williams, the worse team of 2019, will present their brand new FW43 on the same day. Canadian debutant Nicholas Latifi, together with the talented George Russell, will try and get this legendary team out of their dreadful place.
Finally, on the 19th of February, the last two teams, Haas F1 and Alfa Romeo will launch their cars for 2020. Both teams have decided to do so at just minutes from the start of the pre-season tests at the Circuit of Barcelona.
Images of ‘2020 Formula 1 car-launch calendar’: Mercedes AMG F1.