After a very dominant season from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, everything suggests that the year of 2020 will be very similar to the previous one, taking into consideration that we won’t have any relevant changes on the rules, that will only be severely modified in 2021…
Looking for Michael Schumacher’s record
With 6 World Drivers’ Championship titles in the bag after a new victory in 2019, the British driver Lewis Hamilton is only 1 title away from matching the mythical German driver Michael Schumacher.
To do that, he needs to defend his world title successfully in 2020 and considering the expected maintenance of most of the rules and format of the competition, it is likely that Mercedes will maintain their dominance over the competition.
Mercedes’ superiority was truly scary in 2019 and reinforced the idea that the sport needs some rule changes soon, in the sense of increasing the competitiveness of the competition, something that will happen already in 2021, with heavy changes.
Mercedes’ magnificence scares the competition
But there is nothing to do for now and Mercedes keeps strolling through the world circuits with impressive authority.
The Silver Arrows have run over the competition at the World Drivers’ Championship by finishing in the top two spots, something that also happened in the World Constructors’ Championship where they’ve won with a 235-points advantage over Ferrari!
On the individual context, Hamilton demolished his opponent, finishing with 87 more points than the vice-champion and teammate Valtteri Bottas and with 135 more points than the first pilot of a different team, the promising youngster Max Verstappen of Red Bull Honda.
— SportBuzz (@Sportbuzzbr) January 17, 2020
The drivers of Ferrari – Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel – have finished in 4th and 5th place respectively, with the highlight going to the supremacy of the young driver from Monaco when compared to the 5-times World champion German driver.
Vettel finished the season 173 points away from Hamilton when in reality he started the season as his main rival on the race for the World Drivers’ Championship.
Ferrari needs discipline in all sectors
The Scuderia failed on almost every level in 2019, starting off by projecting a very fast car, but not reliable at all in terms of its resistance on the track.
Then, the problem was obviously of the mechanics and engineers of the Italian side led by Mattia Binotto.
Then the team’s manager himself always showed some difficulties to manage the relationship between the two drivers that got worse as the season went by, as the young Monegasque kept being a issue for the German Vettel.
The poor handling of this problem by the team originated two embarrassing scenes during the year of 2019.
Seeing two pilots of the same team fighting for positions to the point of colliding with each other and being forced to abandon the race, really hurting the team is something practically impossible to happen at Mercedes, that has its hierarchies perfectly defined.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) December 30, 2019
Here it seems absolutely vital that the Prancing Horse team can clearly define which driver will lead the team in 2020.
Leclerc left great signs and he is even being priced lower than his teammate ( 6.00 on Bet365) to become World champion in 2020, but the experience of the 5-times World champion Sebastian Vettel can be key in case there are decisive moments which means Ferrari will have a key point of their season still to be defined.
Sebastian Vettel is priced at 8.00 on the main bookmakers to return to individual titles after having won on 4 occasions with Red Bull.
Max Verstappen is the biggest hope of the new generation of drivers
Despite the good indications left by Leclerc on his debut season for Ferrari, the truth is that the Monegasque driver seems to have his concentration and tactical discipline has his biggest attributes, while the youngster Verstappen from Red Bull offers that touch of unpredictability and boldness that we all love in motorsports.
His attributes as driver are extraordinary and the fact that he is on a team that is inferior to Mercedes and Ferrari currently allows him to take some risks without too many consequences, something that benefits the sport.
2019 foi um Turbilhão de emoções que Verstappen nos proporcionou 🧡 pic.twitter.com/ozVfNRWnQk
— Max Verstappen Brasil (@MaxVerstappenB1) December 1, 2019
However, Red Bull is in clear growth and 2020 might be a statement year for the new generation of F1 drivers.
He is priced at 7.00 to win the World Drivers’ Championship according to Bet365, but his car would need to improve a lot during this vacation period in order to get seriously closer to the performances of the menacing Mercedes.