A new Formula 1® season is on the horizon and fans are eagerly anticipating the 2020 opener at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.
There is plenty for F1® fans to be excited about heading into a new campaign, as Lewis Hamilton chases a slice of history.
Can the chasing pack get closer - or even beat the outstanding Brit?
Here are our top five reasons to get excited ahead of F1® 2020!
Hamilton’s bid for seventh heaven
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has won an incredible six world titles, including five of the last six.
Hamilton, 35, does not appear to be slowing down any time soon and if he can win the 2020 world title, he will equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships.
Some thought Schumacher’s record would never be matched but Hamilton’s recent form suggests another title challenge is on the cards.
Watch this space.
The ‘Next Gen’ challengers
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen battled for form in the early part of 2019, finishing on the podium in just two of the first eight races.
But the 22-year-old still managed to win three races in 2019 and finished the year with three successive podiums in an encouraging sign.
Verstappen is out to take Hamilton’s crown and the always-entertaining driver will leave no stone unturned in his quest for glory.
Verstappen was third in the 2019 driver standings - 14 points ahead of the highly rated Charles Leclerc, who is also 22.
In his first year at Ferrari, Leclerc was outstanding, finishing fourth, above four-time world champion and teammate Sebastian Vettel.
If Verstappen’s RB16 and Leclerc’s SF1000 have the power in 2020, both might be able to challenge Hamilton.
Things did not go to plan for Daniel Ricciardo in his first year at Renault and the Australian had to settle for ninth in the 2019 driver standings.
It was a far cry from Ricciardo’s third-placed finishes in both 2014 and 2016 with Red Bull - the team he left to join Renault.
Ricciardo’s car was not at the same level as the Red Bulls, though, and the F1® world knows he still has plenty to give.
Renault have added new backroom staff in 2020, with the well-regarded Pat Fry joining as Technical Director (Chassis), while Dirk De Beer has joined from Williams as the team’s new Head of Aerodynamics.
A new and improved car should help Ricciardo do much better in 2020.
The ‘Best of the Rest’ race
With Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull widely regarded as being ahead of their Formula 1® counterparts, an intriguing battle for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship has entertained fans in recent years.
Force India finished fourth in 2017, before Renault edged Haas in 2018.
And in 2019? McLaren.
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris drove very well in 2019, helping the Woking-based team to fourth - 54 points ahead of fifth-placed Renault.
A new country - and a returning track
Vietnam will host its first Formula 1® event in 2020, with the much-anticipated Vietnamese Grand Prix taking place in Hanoi on April 5.
A street circuit featuring 23 turns will challenge drivers and has been created by an in-house Formula 1® Motorsport team.
The Dutch Grand Prix returns in 2020, too, for the first time in 35 years.
Zandvoort hosted its first Formula 1® race in 1952 and drivers will return to the track that the likes of Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, James Hunt, Jackie Stewart and Jack Brabham all won multiple times at.
The event will be held on May 3.