In two weeks the F1 will finally give the first verdicts of 2020 – winter tests aside – facing the first weekend of this season which will begin in Austria at the Red Bull Ring, the circuit where the protagonists of the Circus will stay for a further week. The track that follows the profiles of the Styrian hills will host the first two rounds of a championship that will have special features including double races because F1 must make a virtue of necessity in this 2020 marked by Coronavirus.
The change of the SF1000: details of primary importance
In Austria, in the last two editions of the Grand Prix, Max Verstappen rose on the top step of the podium. Second Mark Webber the Dutch rider born in 1997 is the only real threat to Lewis Hamilton, although Verstappen’s fortunes according to the Australian will depend on Honda. “2020 will be a matter between Hamilton and Verstappen – the words of Webber interviewed by the Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport – I don’t see anyone else able to sign up for the title fight. The Ferraris will not be in the game. I have faith in the potential of the Red Bull headquarters in Milton Keynes and in the expertise of the team led by Christian Horner. The only unknown is related to Honda and whether the Japanese power unit will be able to keep up with that of Mercedes. “
Verstappen: “We can win all races”
There Ferrari SF-1000 in the Barcelona tests he did not convince, although for the seasonal debut in Austria Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will have a new gearbox and a power unit with a few more horses available. Just the cavalry available to the top teams can make the difference by allowing the stables to increase the downforce thanks to plenty of power. “A powerful engine allows for more downforce setups – Webber’s opinion – this makes life much easier for the pilot. We’ll see if Mercedes can afford set-ups more loads than Red Bull can do. “