What is still play for in the 2020 Formula 1 season?

A congested F1 season ends with a triple-header in the Middle East under the lights on three different track layouts and even though both Championships have been secured by Mercedes, there is still a lot up for grabs.
The Sakir Circuit in Bahrain. Photo Source

The 2020 Formula 1 season has been fast and furious, with a rescheduled calendar that only started with seven confirmed races, a new seven-time world champion and 12 different podium finishes, this season has been anything but predictable. 

Okay, maybe Lewis Hamilton’s title defence was what we were expecting, but his class and superior driving skill won him that fair and square. 

For the first time ever, the 2020 Formula 1 season is ending with a triple-header of back-to-back races and it is the latest the F1 season has finished since 1963, just 12 days before Christmas. 

Earlier in the season, The Red Bull Ring and Silverstone hosted back-to-back races on the same track under a different GP name. The Bahrain International Circuit will be doing the same, but the second race will be hosted on the outer track around the usual GP circuit for the first time.  

It will be called the Sakir GP and the outer track will produce some of the faster ever F1 times. The race will also be under the lights, the first time ever back-to-back races to be held under the lights. 

The fight for 3rd in the constructors and for 4th in the drivers’ championship

Four teams are still eligible to finish 3rd in the championship after Ferrari finished strongly last time out in Instanbul Park. 

Racing point is the team currently sitting in 3rd place after Sergio Perez finished second in Instanbul Park. Renault is full of confidence too, but after a poor performance in Instanbul, they lost ground on their rivals. 

The F1 Constructors Championship table. Photo Source

Finishing third would give a huge financial boost to whoever finishes as each place is separated by $4m. Mclaren has not finished as high as 3rd since 2012, Renault last made it to 3rd in 2007, while Racing Point has only finished in the top-three when they were under a different name, Jordan in 1999.  

Ferrari, who currently sit 6th, have finished 2nd in the past three seasons and have not finished outside the top four since 1981. 

The fight for fourth in the drivers’ championship could fall to a possible six drivers who are battling it out each lap. 

The F1 Drivers Championship table. Photo Source

Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc and Daniel Ricciardo are separated by just four points. Drivers who need a strong finish and the others around them to fail are Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris and Alex Albon. 

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