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Rules of engagement: The new regulations which will shake up F1
For 2021, F1 chiefs have ripped up the rulebook and overhauled the current regs. We round up the changes and analyse their likely effects

 

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Allison reveals decisive factor behind Mercedes development
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23/12/2019

Mercedes technical director James Allison says the main contributing factor to the team's advances in terms of development in the past few years has been its understanding and knowledge of F1's tyres, a veritable "weapon" for the Silver Arrows outfit according to the British engineer.
Over the years, Pirelli's tyres, or rather their complex management, have heavily weighed drivers' results on race day or wreaked havoc on a team's ability to perform consistently.
From blistering to degradation to an inability to keep tyre temperatures in the optimal operating window (the latter issue particularly impacting Haas), getting on top of Pirelli's rubber has been a major challenge for engineers.
In the past, Mercedes hasn't been immune to tyre issues, but the Brackley engineers have progressively acquired a proficiency in tyre knowledge that Allison believes is now second to none in F1.

"We are lucky that we have excellent engineers in our team, in our driving dynamics group. They bring this understanding and knowledge with them.
"The biggest advance that this team has made in the past two or three years has been to develop the car to better deal with the tyres.
"We always had a fast car, but it works better with the tyres today than it used to. Therefore, they no longer see this yo-yo effect from exceptionally good to weak races. We had no real slumps this year.
"The other teams are also working on it, but as of today, I would give our team the greatest chance of getting our car's tyres into the operating window and staying there for the rest of the weekend. It has become a real weapon for us.

Allison admits that Pirelli's decision to reduce the tread of its tyres by 0.4mm for 2019 reduced the risk of blistering and degradation, but Mercedes still appeared to have an edge over its rivals in the tyre management department.
"The tyres are not that much different than last year," he said.
"We used these tyres with a thinner tread in three races in 2018. They don't blister so quickly, that's a fact.
"I don't know what the others have done or not. All I can say is that we are lucky enough to have many competent people on our team.
"It was important for us to understand the tyres, how the forces of the car act on them, so that aerodynamics and mechanics work well together."
 

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So...anyone care to predict how McLaren will do in Formula One in 2020? Reduce the gap to the top three, or instead focus on 2021 design and hope to scrape fourth in WCC?
Any thoughts on whether any of the six teams that finished behind McLaren in 2019 will challenge for fourth next season? Will McLaren in any race be able to qualify within the top six on pure speed, or to finish on the podium without a fluke? Will Lando make a step up in his racecraft? Will Carlos make a step up in his qualifying? Will Renault pull the plug for 2021 and, in preparation, back off developing their PU during 2020?
For that matter, will Verstappen finally give Hamilton some competition in the WDC?
 

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Add to the NB list, how long will it take for McLaren to successfully integrate the Mercedes PU into their 2020 chassis?
 

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So...anyone care to predict how McLaren will do in Formula One in 2020? Reduce the gap to the top three, or instead focus on 2021 design and hope to scrape fourth in WCC?
Any thoughts on whether any of the six teams that finished behind McLaren in 2019 will challenge for fourth next season? Will McLaren in any race be able to qualify within the top six on pure speed, or to finish on the podium without a fluke? Will Lando make a step up in his racecraft? Will Carlos make a step up in his qualifying? Will Renault pull the plug for 2021 and, in preparation, back off developing their PU during 2020?
For that matter, will Verstappen finally give Hamilton some competition in the WDC?
i thnk they'll continue to close the gap... i think they have the right guys in the right places now and nice to see very experienced hands still very much involved.. i actually think the only team that might be more focused on 2021 is merc.. they're the only ones with some headroom..

i think with Pat Fry at Renault they will make a decent step also.. they really need to make some progress otehrwise i do fear the plug will be pulled once more..

yes i think mclaren will qualify in the top 6 on pure pace.. podium might be more difficult... but what's a fluke? was Brazil a fluke? that's just racing sometimes.. Lando will increase in confidence

and yes i think verstappen, hamilton, vettel and le clerc will have a good fight for the championship.. i don't think bottas will be allowed to unless hamilton has a terrible start or will Albon be quite ready to do so..
 

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Add to the NB list, how long will it take for McLaren to successfully integrate the Mercedes PU into their 2020 chassis?
Good question. Unlike the situation two years ago with Renault, however, I would think that McLaren will be given the dimensions of the Merc PU in plenty of time to design the 2021 car around it.
 

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i thnk they'll continue to close the gap... i think they have the right guys in the right places now and nice to see very experienced hands still very much involved.. i actually think the only team that might be more focused on 2021 is merc.. they're the only ones with some headroom..

i think with Pat Fry at Renault they will make a decent step also.. they really need to make some progress otehrwise i do fear the plug will be pulled once more..

yes i think mclaren will qualify in the top 6 on pure pace.. podium might be more difficult... but what's a fluke? was Brazil a fluke? that's just racing sometimes.. Lando will increase in confidence

and yes i think verstappen, hamilton, vettel and le clerc will have a good fight for the championship.. i don't think bottas will be allowed to unless hamilton has a terrible start or will Albon be quite ready to do so..
My concern for 2020 is that, unlike the three teams in front of them, McLaren will not have the funding simultaneously to maximise the development of their 2020 car and the development of their very different car for the new formula. This may affect them as an independent team more than it will affect the lackey teams such as Haas and STR/Alpha Tauri that will continue to feed off the abilities of their masters.

I'm not sure what is the story with Pat Fry. He was passed over the first time in favour of Tim Goss and the second time in favour of James Key, so obviously McLaren don't value him enough to give him the top job. It appeared that leaving Ferrari in 2014 was not his choice either. Yet he is obviously a very smart, capable guy. :unsure:

What is a fluke? Good question.
if you design a car that is really good in the wet or have a driver who excels in the wet, then there is a very wet race in which many of the normally fastest cars/drivers are slow or crash, enabling you to get a podium, that is not a fluke.
Wrt Brazil, when Leclerc crashed into Vettel, that was not a fluke in the sense that Ferrari made the conscious choice to hire them but has been unable to induce them to cooperate with each other.
Likewise, when Hamilton crashed into Albon and got the 5 sec penalty, putting him back 4 places, that was Hamilton's and Merc's doing. Sainz made no such error, so he deserved to finish ahead of Hamilton.
On the other hand, it was not Albon's fault or responsibility that Hamilton crashed into him, so Sainz's getting ahead of Albon was a fluke the way I see it.
 

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Good question. Unlike the situation two years ago with Renault, however, I would think that McLaren will be given the dimensions of the Merc PU in plenty of time to design the 2021 car around it.
Yes. The Merc chassis is longer than McLaren. Also the Honda PU layout is similar to Merc. I’ve been a bit surprised that there have not been any comments on possible integration issues on the tech sites.
 

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Yes. The Merc chassis is longer than McLaren. Also the Honda PU layout is similar to Merc. I’ve been a bit surprised that there have not been any comments on possible integration issues on the tech sites.
I thought that the Merc's longer wheelbase was because their engineers chose a slightly different trade-off between aero effectiveness and ability to rotate, not driven by length of the Merc PU (which of course is shared by Williams and Pointless Racing).
 

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I thought that the Merc's longer wheelbase was because their engineers chose a slightly different trade-off between aero effectiveness and ability to rotate, not driven by length of the Merc PU (which of course is shared by Williams and Pointless Racing).
Yes that is correct.
Pointless typo—haha!
But still slight differences can affect things at the limits.
Also will McLaren stay with their transmission or switch to Merc
 

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Yes that is correct.
Pointless typo—haha!
But still slight differences can affect things at the limits.
Also will McLaren stay with their transmission or switch to Merc
McLaren have always designed and built their own gearboxes. Spec gearboxes were proposed for the new formula but rejected. I would be slightly surprised if McLaren began to get their gearboxes from Mercedes, although I cannot recall whether the new formula specifies the pick-up points. If it does, perhaps McLaren would no longer have a reason to design and make their own.

Racing Pointless - owned by a guy who made billions by selling t-shirts; Lance Stroll driving; PINK cars!!!
 

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The longer wheel base gives Mercedes an advantage on the faster tracks. They lose out a bit on tracks like Monaco which are slower with many tight corners. I think Mercedes calculus is that as there are a few more faster tracks in a season than slow ones better to bias the chassis design for fast tracks.
 

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The longer wheel base gives Mercedes an advantage on the faster tracks. They lose out a bit on tracks like Monaco which are slower with many tight corners. I think Mercedes calculus is that as there are a few more faster tracks in a season than slow ones better to bias the chassis design for fast tracks.
Believe It’s more to do with a different aero philosophy ? Almost all other teams run a shorter wheel base higher rake concept. Merc are the onLT ones who run the longer wheel base with bigger floor. They’re the only ones who are world champions also. I don’t beleive the engine size affects the wheel base decision. James Allison I think explained their relatively longer wheel base. They also came up with ingenious suspension solutions to further improve things. As always our understanding of these issues is rudimentary I guess And the decisions are not so straight forward. It’s logical that most teams follow the higher rake concept conceived by Newey as he’s been the pre eminent designer
 

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Car launches, preseason and other key F1 dates for your 2020 calendar

Car launches
February 11 - Ferrari

February 14 - Alpha Tauri (formerly Toro Rosso)

Eight teams are yet to confirm their launch dates.


Preseason testing
February 19-21 - Test One

February 26-28 - Test Two

Both tests will be held at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

2020 race calendar
All race weekends follow the same format, with three practice sessions ahead of qualifying on Saturday. That session sets the 20-car grid for Sunday's grand prix. In every race bar Monaco, Friday hosts two practice sessions, with a third on Saturday before qualifying. In Monaco, the first two sessions are held on Thursday, with a rest day on Friday.

March 15 - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne

March 22 - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir

April 5 - Vietnam Grand Prix - Hanoi

April 19 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai

May 3 - Dutch Grand Prix - Zandvoort

May 10 - Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona

May 24 - Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo

June 7 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Baku

June 14 - Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal

June 28 - French Grand Prix - Le Castellet

July 5 - Austrian Grand Prix - Spielberg

July 19 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone

August 2 - Hungarian Grand Prix - Budapest

August 30 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps

September 6 - Italian Grand Prix - Monza

September 20 - Singapore Grand Prix - Singapore

September 27 - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi

October 11 - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka

October 25 - U.S. Grand Prix - Austin

November 1 - Mexican Grand Prix - Mexico City

November 15 - Brazilian Grand Prix - Sao Paulo

November 30 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Island

 

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Five bold predictions for the 2020 F1 season

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Lawrence Barretto
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The joys of a fridge full of cheese, Christmas dinner and the days of leftovers and hours spent on the sofa watching the Christmas movie channel is now, sadly, behind us for another year. But fret not. It’s time to get back to business and sharpen focus on what is set to be one of the tightest F1 seasons in the world championship’s illustrious history. And as it's the start of a new decade, with endless opportunities, I’m feeling brave and have decided to make a few bold predictions for the year ahead…
Ferrari will win the most races – and the constructors’ championship
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No, I’m not still on the gin left over from New Year. I genuinely believe Ferrari are going to get their act together this year and deliver a car that will clinch more victories than anyone else.
The SF90 was an excellent – if erratic – machine and I believe Ferrari’s technical team will have learned from their mistakes and taken a step forward with their 2020 challenger.
LONG READ: Ferrari on what went wrong in 2019 – and what they’ve learned for 2020

Chief Mattia Binotto says they are overhauling both the engine and aerodynamics for this campaign, while CEO Louis Camilleri adds the company is “prepared to invest” more cash in the F1 programme – with a new simulator already in the works. They want a title. And they want it bad.
They are throwing everything at this latest title charge, and with Charles Leclerc certain to kick on from his sensational debut season with Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel finding some form (motivated by his contract expiring at the end of 2020), the Prancing Horse will have the legs to last the distance and bring home a first constructors’ championship since 2008.
Maranello, get the champagne and red streamers ready. Christmas is going to be party time.
F1 2020 will have a final race title decider
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Ferrari’s improved competitiveness, applied more consistently, will give Mercedes – and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton – a headache, as Hamilton searches for title number seven and the Silver Arrows hunt an unprecedented seventh successive double.
The Briton was in exquisite form in 2019, recovering from a slow start to end the year sizzling. He’ll find next year tougher, though, with Leclerc in a position to begin strongly – with one year now in the bank with Ferrari – and offer a consistent threat.
Throw in a sterner challenge from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – who I reckon will go better than last year and win at least four races in 2020 – and we will have a three-horse race for the drivers’ championship, forcing a title decider at the finale in Abu Dhabi for the first time since 2016.
READ MORE: 10 things every F1 fan should be excited for in 2020
At least two new faces will grace F1's podium
2019 Chinese GP

Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly became the 210th and 211th members of the exclusive F1 podium finishers' club in 2019, with their podiums in the thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix. But they’ll need to make room for more members in 2020.
One of them should be Alexander Albon, who won 2019 Rookie Of The Year at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony after showing signs he has the speed and determination to mix it with the frontrunners. His Red Bull will be capable of ample podiums – and he will make the most of it.
LONG READ: Alex Albon – Seizing his second chance
Providing McLaren can build on their stellar 2019 campaign, Lando Norris is well-placed to collect his first piece of F1 silverware, the Briton showing flashes of brilliance in an impressive rookie year, while the returning Esteban Ocon is also a good bet to give Renault their first podium in nine years.
At least two of them will make it onto the rostrum at some point this season.
Haas will edge midfield battle
Formula One World Championship

Diabolical. That’s one way to describe the 2019 campaign for Haas. It was a year that offered so much promise, after what felt like a breakthrough year in 2018, but the VF-19 was slow and unpredictable. A dreadful combination.
But they have learned lessons and switched focus very early to 2020, when it became clear 2019 was a lost cause. Powered by the class-leading Ferrari engine and still set to receive a bunch of parts from the Italian team, as is compliant per the regulations, I expect them to start this year on the right foot.
The midfield will be tight once more, with McLaren and Renault sure to be at the sharp end of that fight. But the American team will force their way in, too, and edge a tense battle that’ll go down to the wire – and in the process, help drag the trio closer to F1's big three, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Ferrari will sign Ricciardo for 2021
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I picked Daniel Ricciardo to Renault for 2019 and now I’m anticipating another move for the Australian, this time to the mighty Ferrari, taking over the reins from former Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.
Ricciardo’s move to Renault did not turn out brilliantly last year, and with the 2021 driver market set to be the most dramatic in living memory, I expect the Honey Badger – whose current deal expires at the end of this campaign – to be one of the key cogs.
He is a proven race winner, consistently gets the most out of a car and is one of the best overtakers in the business. Ricciardo (who has Italian heritage) in red makes sense. He’s exactly the kind of driver they will want alongside Leclerc as they look to build a Schumacher-esque dynasty.
Expect the Honey Badger to put pen to red paper at some stage this year
 
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