Ranking the F1 teams going into the 2020 season

After preseason testing was completed a few weeks ago in Barcelona much of the noise was around the performance on the track and the records set and broken every lap.

One of my F1 go to guys is Chris Medland of https://racer.com/ who expertly reviewed and analysed the results from testing and ranked what he believed would be the final constructor’s championship standings.

Chris Medland’s rankings

1. Mercedes
2. Red Bull
3. Ferrari
4. McLaren
5. Racing Point
6. Renault
7. AlphaTauri
8. Haas
9. Alfa Romeo
10. Williams

Chris Medland did give a disclaimer to his rankings and opened the door to any banter/criticism for any wrong pick on his list.

What I then did was look at his rankings, watched some of the testing footage from Barcelona and a look at the 2020 drivers. With that I then attempted to rank the teams.

Yes, a faster car and better performing can be the difference between scoring points and finishing in the bottom ten in the F1. But I believe critical to any team’s chances is who is behind the wheel too, this reality saw a multitude of changes occur with much of the field being chopped and changed before last season.

This season has been less dramatic with Frenchman Esteban Ocon returning to F1 replacing Germany’s Nico Hülkenberg at Renault while at Williams Nicholas Latifi replaces Robert Kubica.

There are only three champions in the field with eleven titles between them. Ten of the eleven titles were won in the last decade by Hamilton and Vettel. Its also interesting to note that thirteen drivers have never won a race, while eleven of the field have never made it to the podium and half the field have under one hundred starts. In a year that should see the gap between the best and the rest close a bit the gulf in experience will make for some entertaining battles at the tail end of the standings.

Philani’s team and driver rankings

1. Mercedes
2. Ferrari
3. Red Bull
4. Renault
5. Racing Point
6. McLaren
7. Haas
8. AlphaTauri
9. Alfa Romeo
10. Williams

With the season just under two weeks away the anticipation for the rubber to hit the road will be high with many forecasting another dominant year for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. The anti-Hamilton camp will be praying either Ferrari or Red Bull have what it takes to compete and pip the reigning champion and if those two fail all hope will be for his teammate Bottas to pull off a disappointment and win the championship. As for the race for fourth place I believe Renault will be best of the rest and the team will pick up points on offer in many races throughout the season. I foresee a few podiums in their camp too, the drivers are hungry, the camp is hungrier, and that black machine deserves to cause some upsets. As for Williams they have the worst car and the drivers with the least experience, it will be a long year for one of the grid’s oldest sides. How long they can hang onto to their place? Your guess is as good as mine.

My hot take for the season, Renault will outscore last season’s poor 91 points.

Philani Mukwakwami

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