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The 2020 Formula One World Championship is scheduled to be the 71st season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula One World Championship, a motor sport championship for Formula One cars, which is recognized by the sport's governing body, the FIA, as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars.
Starting in March with the Australian Grand Prix and ending in November at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the championship is scheduled to have 22 Grand Prix races, making this season the longest in the sport’s history. Teams and drivers will compete for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' Championships.
With the exception of the two newest races on the 2020 schedule, two-time reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton has at least one win at every destination. Hamilton claimed victory in 11 of the 21 Grands Prix last season to outdistance Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for the points lead. Those two drivers helped Mercedes successfully defend its Constructor’s Championship, claiming a sixth straight title.
Each of the 22 races on the 2020 schedule will be run over enough laps to surpass the total distance of 189.5 miles. With a distance of 161.6 miles, the Monaco Grand Prix is the only exception. The Vietnamese Grand Prix is the newest addition to the schedule and will take place on a street circuit through the country’s capital of Hanoi. And this year marks the return of the Dutch Grand Prix, which returns to the rotation for the first time since 1985.
A points system for each race is used to determine the champion in the driver and constructor categories. Currently 101 points are distributed with 25 points going to the winner and the top-10 finishers getting points in descending order. There is also one point for the fastest lap, which is awarded as long as the driver who records the best time finishes among the top-10.
Hamilton is widely considered the best driver in F1 today and some have gone so far to say he’s the best of all time. It’s certainly hard to argue that after taking a look at his credentials. He’s a six-time F1 World Champion with 84 career race victories, both are second most all-time. His 3,431 career points, 88 pole positions, three grand slams in a season and 413 points in a season are all F1 records. And he’s only 34 with plenty more years left in the driver’s seat.
A F1 Grand Prix race covers an entire weekend with practice sessions over the first two days. A qualifying round takes place the day before the race to determine the starting order. There hasn’t been much change to the format of the Grands Prix over the years. The notable differences are seen in driver and car safety.
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