Shortly after it was learned that the 2020 F1 World Championship will begin next month, the teams have started preparing to compete in an atypical season, marked by the coronavirus crisis.
The championship revised schedule will start on July 5 in Austria and the teams do not want the three-month hiatus take its toll on.
— INEOS (@INEOS) June 10, 2020
In this context, Mercedes, Ferrari & Racing Point have already set to work. The star-formation was the first to return to the track. In fact, its drivers Valtteri Bottas (June 9) and Lewis Hamilton (June 10) jumped into theirs cars (W09, 2018) at Silverstone, 103 days after they last did so.
It's been a long three months… but we're finally BACK ON TRACK!!
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 9, 2020
Both have expressed to feel positives after the reencounter, ahead of the start of the specialty in less than a month.
Faced with the German initiative, the response of its Italian rivals was immediate. Thus, Ferrari has scheduled for the next week two days of testing with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of a 2018 SF71H at the Fiorano racetrack (Italy).
For its part, Racing Point is working with the RP-20 for a “day of filming”, starring Lance Stroll & Sergio Pérez on the Silverstone track.
Images: Mercedes AMG F1.