The 2020 Formula One World Championship, which begins this weekend in Melbourne (Australia), will have new features in the team list, with the name change from Toro Rosso to Alpha Tauri, and in the drivers list, to which it returns Frenchman Esteban Ocon, with Renault, and from which comes the Polish Robert Kubica, now Alfa Romeo test driver and replaced at Williams by Canadian Nicholas Latifi.
The Red Bull Racing team’s subsidiary, until now known as Toro Rosso, will be renamed AlphaTauri from this year, whose drivers will continue to be French Pierre Gasly and Russian Daniil Kvyat.
The team led by Austrian Franz Tost, sixth in the last Constructors’ World Cup, changed the name to the fashion line of one of the offshoots of the multinational energy drink company, AlphaTauri.
The Racing Point team changes its main sponsor in 2020. The BWT watermark replaces the SportPesa betting company from a team that is renamed BWT Racing Point F1 Team.
As for the drivers’ dance, Esteban Ocon returns to Formula One this year to replace the German Nico Hülkenberg in the Renault team.
In addition, Robert Kubica leaves Williams to join Alfa Romeo Racing as a reserve driver, an activity that he will combine with the German Touring Car Championship (DTM).
The Pole’s steering wheel is now taken over by Nicholas Latifi, who was runner-up in Formula 2 in 2019.
2020 will be the last year for the McLaren team to use Renault engines. In 2021 its cars will be powered by Mercedes, as it already happened between 1995 and 2014.
– 2020 teams, cars and drivers:
MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM
Car: Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (GBR / 44) and Valtteri Bottas (FIN / 77)
SCUDERIA FERRARI MISSION WINNOW
Car: Ferrari SF1000
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (ALE / 5) and Charles Leclerc (MON / 16)
ASTON MARTIN RED BULL RACING
Car: Red Bull Racing RB16 Honda
Drivers: Alexander Albon (THA / 23) and Max Verstappen (NED / 33)
McLAREN F1 TEAM
Car: McLaren MCL35 Renault
Drivers: Carlos Sainz (ESP / 55) and Lando Norris (GBR / 4)
RENAULT F1 TEAM
Car: Renault RS20
Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / 3) and Esteban Ocon (FRA / 31)
SCUDERIA ALPHATAURI HONDA
Car: AlphaTauri AT01 Honda
Drivers: Pierre Gasly (FRA / 10) and Daniil Kvyat (RUS / 26)
BWT RACING POINT F1 TEAM
Car: Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes
Drivers: Sergio Pérez (MEX / 11) and Lance Stroll (CAN / 18)
ALFA ROMEO RACING ORLEN
Car: Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari
Drivers: Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / 7) and Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / 99)
HAAS F1 TEAM
Car: Haas VF-20 Ferrari
Drivers: Romain Grosjean (FRA / 8) and Kevin Magnussen (DIN / 20)
ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING
Car: Williams FX43 Mercedes
Drivers: Nicholas Latifi (CAN / 6) and George Russell (GBR / 63)
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