2020 F1 World Championship

Season Summary

The 2020 F1 season marked the 70th anniversary of the first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1950 but was halted even before lights out at the first race due to global events.

The start of the championship was initially planned for March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to July. The season was expected to feature a record-breaking 22 Grand Prix, but due to cancellations and alternative races found to fill the calendar and reduce global travel, only 17 races took place.


The season began with the Austrian Grand Prix and ended with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December. The pandemic led to the first eight rounds of the championship being run without spectators, with the remaining races being held at a reduced capacity or without spectators due to the second wave of the pandemic.

Defending champions Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes entered the season aiming to maintain their grip on the World Drivers’ and World Constructors’ titles. At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Mercedes clinched their seventh consecutive Constructors’ Championship, becoming the only team to win seven straight titles, surpassing the record of Ferrari from 1999 to 2004. Mercedes also retained their position as the only team to win the championship since the FIA introduced turbo-hybrid engine regulations in 2014.

Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven World Drivers’ Championships at the Turkish Grand Prix and broke Schumacher’s previous record of 91 career wins at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel struggled throughout the season, finishing thirteenth in the standings with just 33 points. This marked his final season with Ferrari as he went on to join Aston Martin, formerly known as Racing Point, for the 2021 season.

2020 F1 Entries drivers and teams

2020 Formula 1 Race Calendar

The 2020 F1 World Championship originally had a total of 22 Grand Prix planned, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were several cancellations and postponements. As a result, the revised schedule only had 17 Grand Prix, with nine races from the original calendar and eight additional races, with the remaining 13 being cancelled altogether. The season started with two races in Austria, and included two at Silverstone and two at the Bahrain International Circuit.

RoundGrand PrixCircuitRace date
1Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring05-Jul
2Styrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring12-Jul
3Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring19-Jul
4British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit02-Aug
570th Anniversary Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit09-Aug
6Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya16-Aug
7Belgian Grand PrixCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps30-Aug
8Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari06-Sep
9Tuscan Grand PrixAutodromo Internazionale del Mugello13-Sep
10Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom27-Sep
11Eifel Grand PrixNurburgring11-Oct
12Portuguese Grand PrixAlgarve International Circuit25-Oct
13Emilia Romagna Grand PrixAutodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari01-Nov
14Turkish Grand PrixIstanbul Park15-Nov
15Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit29-Nov
16Sakhir Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit06-Dec
17Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit13-Dec

2020 Formula 1 Race Results

2020 Formula 1 Standings

Driver standings

Team standings