The Formula 1 2020 season is approaching, and we are very excited to see for the first time the 10 cars that will try to win the World Championship. If you haven’t heard when will the unveilings take place, here is a quick summarize. Ferrari will be the first team that will present their car, the Italians will present it on February 11th. Red Bull Racing and Renault will present their machines on February 12th. McLaren will unveil Lando’s and Carlos’ car on February 13th. Alpha Tauri (before Toro Rosso) and the reigning champions (Mercedes) will unveil their cars on Valentine’s Day. Williams and Racing Point chose February 17th as their unveiling date. Finally, Haas and Alfa Romeo will be the final teams to unveil their cars, both on February 19th.
The teams are getting ready their new cars and the 20 drivers are preparing themselves for the 22 rounds that are ahead of them. But, some drivers must do well in this season, why? Because their seats are in danger for the 2021 season. Here are these drivers and their reasons.
1.- Sebastian Vettel.
The German driver has been constantly under pressure and he does not perform well when he is in that condition. Now, Charles Leclerc has been more consistent than him and that has made Seb being a “second” driver in Ferrari. Charles finished on P4 in the Drivers’ Championship, while Seb finished on P5. He must do well this season so he can stay with Ferrari for 2021 at least.
2.- Alexander Albon.
The Red Bull Junior Program has been very demanding. We saw Pierre Gasly in the RB15 last season from preseason to the Hungarian Grand Prix but, because of his bad results, they demoted back to Toro Rosso and promoted Alex Albon in his rookie season. To stay in the team for 2021 or even stay with Red Bull for the entire season, the Thai driver must do well and show good results to stay with the Austrian team.
3.- Antonio Giovinazi.
You probably heard about the statements that Vasseur made on the Italian driver and Mick Schumacher. The Alfa Romeo team principal commented that they were considering Mick Schumacher to replace Antonio Giovinazzi because of his bad results. He needed to wait until the Austrian Grand Prix to get his first point. The Italian driver got better results in the second half of the season, so he stayed with Alfa Romeo. Antonio must perform well in 2020 if he wants to stay the full season in Formula 1.
4.- Valtteri Bottas.
Last year was a “good” season for Valtteri as he finished on P2 in the Drivers’ Championship, only behind his teammate (Lewis Hamilton). Lewis was very dominant all year long but Valtteri finished ahead of him a couple of times. He must perform well for himself and to keep his hopes of being World Champion with Mercedes.
5.- Esteban Ocon.
The French driver is returning to Formula 1. Now, he is moving to Renault with Daniel Ricciardo as his teammate. He must do well in this year so he can prove he is still worth for teams to sign him up, but it won’t be easy when having a teammate like the Honey Badger.