So the 2020 season is finally underway. We have got the first race out of the way and what is clear is that Mercedes are clearly ahead of Redbull but after that there appears to be 4 teams vying for that third place in the constructor's championship. I know one race is a very small sample but that is exactly why i am inviting everyone's opinion on this topic.
I will try and give a brief summary with respect to each team. 2020 chassis is frozen and will be carried over to 2021 with 2 tokens allowed for modifications. Aero development is allowed.Engine development is frozen with one upgrade allowed on the MGU-K/Battery/CE
Mclaren: Mclaren are coming from the high of finishing 4th in last year's constructor's championship. MCL35 is the car under technical leadership of James Key. At the launch Mclaren said this car has much more potential. The Renault engine looked solid and reliable in preseason testing.. Lando qualified 4th on Saturday and got his very first podium on Sunday via a fastest lap on the very last lap. There were some doubts regarding their race pace but all of those were put to rest when he could keep Perez comfortably behind until Perez put on mediums during his first pit stop. Lando also had pulled clear of Leclerc by over three seconds which was nullified by the safety car. Mclaren have said they will be bringing upgrades. They have only brought minor tweaks here.
Racing Point: The pink Mercedes has been quick so far and it is hard to pick between MCL35 and Racing point at the moment. However Racing Point have said they are planning to bring only one upgrade to the car. They will still be a formidable opponent as the car has strong fundamentals. Stroll although highly rated is not at Perez's level and that could be a disadvantage.
Ferrari: The signs of Ferrari having lost it's way was clear in testing itself but everyone still had some doubts if they were sandbagging but everything came threadbare come qualifying in Austria. Ferrari are having three major issues at the moment. A sub-optimal chassis, draggy aero and an under-powered engine. Some of the onboards of Vettel during the race were hair raising. Leclerc did a great race and made full use of safety cars and crashes ahead to finish second but clearly Ferrari have a car which is a handful at the moment. Yes Ferrari are a massive organization with great resources but the chassis is frozen, the engine is frozen and how much can Ferrari improve only via aero. Binotto openly admitted that 70-80 percent of their deficit is due to engine alone and that the fix isn't coming this season as the engine development is frozen.
Renault: Renault struggled on Sunday but during the weekend Ricciardo showed some good pace. Ocon still appears to be a long way off and we will have to see how long he takes to close the gap. Renault have already shown their hand with a triple upgrade which has brought them in fight. Will be interesting to see how they stack up this weekend.
Edited by Quickshifter, 06 July 2020 - 14:19.