With 2019 coming to a close, the racing world prepares for another exciting season. For the Prancing Horse, 2020 will be a year of novelty and, hopefully, of redemption. Let's take a look at how the motorsport calendar looks like for Scuderia Ferrari and Ferrari Races.
Formula 1: an early start
After a slightly underwhelming 2019 campaign, Scuderia Ferrari is investing resources and effort into delivering a successful 2020 challenger. Mattia Binotto teases a revised aerodynamic concept, while mantaining the power and efficiency of the much praised Ferrari engine. The driver line-up, of course, remains unvaried. Sebastian Vettel is ready to take on his last contracted year for the Prancing Horse, while talks of a renewal have been swirling out already. Charles Leclerc, on the other hand, has already capitalised on his youth and talent by signing an extension until 2024.
The 2020 car, codename Project 671, will be revealed on February 11, ahead of Barcelona Pre-Season testing on February 19-21 and 26-28. The Formula 1 season launches with the Australian GP, on March 13-15.
Competizioni GT: the new iteration
The marketing/social media rebranding of Ferrari's GT Department went hand in hand with a successful season for the Ferrari 488 GT, in most of his iterations. 2020 will bring about a development on this promising concept, with the 488 2020 EVO being adapted for GTE, GT3 and GTLM racing. On track debut will come with the iconic 24 Hours of Daytona, taking place on January 25-26, and will soon enough be followed by the WEC efforts of the current 2019/2020 season, culminating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13-14.
Customer racing teams will also enjoy the new beauty, as Ferrari will remain prominent in the most important GT3 championships, such as the GT World Challenge and the GT Open. As for the Le Mans-derived iterations, customer teams in the European Le Mans Series will keep on delivering astounding performance, as proved by Luzich Racing's 2019 title.
Ferrari Challenge: a successful experiment
The single-marque championship which sees Pro and Am drivers competing on the most beautiful racing tracks of the world is ready for another season. The Ferrari 488 Challenge is on its fourth year of use, and still going strong. The European, North American and Asian legs are yet again joined by the UK leg, proving a great experiment in the past 2019 season.
The Ferrari Challenge North America will kickstart in January as a support race to the 24 Hours of Daytona weekend, with Asia-Pacific following in Bahrain (March 5-7), UK in Donington Park (March 17-18) and Europe in Mugello (April 3-5). ROSSOautomobili will exclusively cover the European leg with reports, interviews and original footage.
Written by Aurora Dell'Agli