2020 F1 Preview: The Midfielders

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One of the biggest complaints about Formula 1 is that the same drivers and teams seem to dominate. Mercedes is going for its seventh Constructors title in a row and Lewis Hamilton aims for a seventh World Championship.

Now that Red Bull (and Max Verstappen) have emerged as a title contender, the focus for the rest of the teams is to win the ‘midfield.’

While any number of teams feel like they can be the best of the rest, the reality is that it will probably come down to two solid competitors – McLaren and Renault – as well as another breakthrough team, which many pundits think might be Racing Point.

McLaren

Drivers: Carlos Sainz (Spain), Lando Norris (England)

McLaren continued its rise last season, finishing 4th in the Constructors Championship two years after finishing 9th. Carlos Sainz – who gave the team its first podium since 2014 – and young star Lando Norris are the drivers again and they are arguably the best pair of any teams not named Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull.

2019 Constructors finish: 4th

Odds of winning 2020 Constructors Championship: $151.00

Renault

Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), Esteban Ocon (France)

It will be a fascinating season for Renault and Daniel Ricciardo in particular. The Aussie driver is in his last year of a two-year Renault deal and if the car isn’t competitive, he may be looking elsewhere. Nico Hulkenberg is gone, replaced by the feisty Esteban Ocon who could push Ricciardo all year. Early comments about a less-than-stellar car have been replaced with quiet optimism as the French outfit looks to finish first among the midfielders.

2019 Constructors finish: 5th

Odds of winning 2020 Constructors Championship: $201.00

Racing Point

Drivers: Lance Stroll (Canada), Sergio Perez (Mexico)

This is the most talked about team outside of the top three, with much of the discussion centred around their new RP20 car. The car has been nicknamed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ and while Racing Point claim it’s their own build, others have accused them of copying the 2019 Mercedes. Either way, the former Force India team is improving by leaps and bounds thanks to the injection of cash from Lawrence Stroll, whose son Lance could be a surprise packet this season.

2019 Constructors finish: 7th

Odds of winning 2020 Constructors Championship: $501.00

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