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Formula 1: Cars 2020

The record hunt for the fastest qualifying and race lap will be even more important in 2020. Because all the records that fall in 2020 should linger in the history books for a long time. Formula 1 cars will be about 3.5 seconds slower in 2021. You can read more about this HERE.

Different in 2020: It will probably be the fastest cars of all time. The current aerodynamics regulations have been in force since 2017, with only minor adjustments in detail. Since then, the cars have been getting faster and faster, especially in qualifying: In 2019, lap records fell on 14 of 21 tracks in qualifying.

More should be added in 2020. The cars have even more downforce and the engines have more power. During testing, Mercedes was half a second faster than last year. And drove in overdrive because of the engine defects. So there is still some room for improvement.

In 2020, Formula 1 will probably be faster than ever

But the Achilles heel is still racing. Since refueling has been banned and Pirelli racing tires have been designed not for ultimate speed but for strategic diversity, the fastest laps are around three seconds slower than the times in qualifying. That hasn't changed much in 2019 since there was a World Championship point for the fastest lap.

This means that some lap records have existed for years. At the opening race in Melbourne, for example, nobody was faster than Michael Schumacher, who lapped the course in 1: 24.125 minutes in his Ferrari in 2004. Valtteri Bottas set the fastest race lap in 2019, but it was 1.4 seconds slower than Schumi's time 16 years ago. The gap is so great that the record should continue to exist in 2020.

The situation is similar in Bahrain, where Charles Leclerc was a proud two seconds short of Pedro de La Rosa (McLaren-Mercedes )’s 2005 race lap record.

But some racing lap records were already falling in 2019 - even on long-term tracks such as Canada, Budapest or Suzuka. In Monza, Rubens Barrichello's record from 2004 will wobble in 2020. Lewis Hamilton was only 0.7 seconds slower in 2019. That could be roughly the range that will be increased in 2020.

Of course, the hunt for the record also depends on external factors such as weather and track conditions, but also on tire pressure. Pirelli is worried about the increasing speeds. During the tests in Barcelona, ​​they therefore increased the regulations for tire pressure: there had to be 24 PSI (1.65 bar) in the tires at the front and 20.5 (1.4 bar) at the rear.