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Formula 1 2020 Season Preview

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With this year’s Formula 1 season now in the record books, attention is already switching to the upcoming 2020 campaign.

Lewis Hamilton will be the man to beat once again as he chases his third successive Drivers’ Championship and seventh overall.

His Mercedes team have been the dominant force in F1 in recent times, claiming their sixth Constructors' Championship in a row last term. Read on as we take a look at the 2020 season.

Hamilton fancied to continue dominance

Hamilton finished 87 points clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas in 2019 and there will be plenty of punters using free bet no deposit offers to back him to retain his title next year.

Mercedes have been a class apart over the past few seasons and they are strongly fancied to maintain their dominance in the sport.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are likely to be the main challengers, with the latter expected to kick on next term after finishing fourth in this year’s championship.

Max Verstappen took third place in 2019, but the Red Bull driver could find it difficult to hold off Leclerc this time around.

Vettel has a point to prove

The German driver had a disappointing F1 season, finishing 24 points behind Leclerc to end up fifth in the standings.

Vettel was out-qualified by his teammate on 12 occasions and his status as number one driver at Ferrari is severely under threat.

The four-time world champion made several big errors last season and will be under pressure to rediscover his best form next season.

Hamilton has been linked with a move to Ferrari in 2021 and could be the man to replace Vettel if he fails to deliver once again.

F1 relaxes engine regulations

F1 bosses have relaxed restrictions on engine usage for next season, meaning that drivers are less likely to suffer grid penalties.

Only two MGU-Ks – part of the hybrid system – were available to drivers in 2019, but that figure has been increased to three for the new campaign.

That brings it into line with the other three parts of the power-unit – the internal combustion engine, turbo and MGU-H.

Grid penalties were a source of frustration for many F1 drivers last season, but the new rule should lead to a significant reduction in 2020.

Mixed feedback for new tyres

Tyres often cause plenty of controversy in F1, with many teams regularly blaming them if their cars underperform.

Pirelli recently carried out two days of tyre testing in Abu Dhabi and they unsurprisingly received mixed feedback from the constructors.

The 10 teams ran new specification compounds at the Yas Marina Circuit, while also using this year’s tyres in order to compare the performance of each.

Pirelli’s Head of F1 and Car Racing, Mario Isola, admitted after testing that they may stick with the 2019 compounds next season if the teams aren’t happy.

Prediction: Hamilton and Mercedes are an irresistible combination and it’s impossible to back against them retaining their respective titles next season. Leclerc is fancied to build on an impressive debut year for Ferrari and could push Bottas for second place.
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