The key questions ahead of the new Formula One campaign

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Old and new faces return as the sport gets back on track.

Lewis Hamilton will begin the defence of his world championship in Austria on Sunday.

The 35-year-old British driver is bidding to win his seventh crown and equal Michael Schumacher’s record.

Here, the PA news agency looks at six key questions ahead of the forthcoming Formula One campaign.

1. How important could 2020 be for Lewis Hamilton?

Hamilton has used his huge social media following to become a leading voice for social change during his time away from the track. Hamilton said he was “overcome with rage” following the death of American George Floyd. He attended an anti-racism march in London last month, criticising both the sport and his peers for initially staying silent on the topic. The Mercedes driver has recently launched the Hamilton Commission in the hope of diversifying F1’s white-dominated world, while  the ’We Race As One’ campaign will be launched by the sport’s bosses in Spielberg on Sunday. Hamilton has also encouraged his team to adopt a black livery in a powerful message to fight racism. A driving force away from the circuit, Hamilton will now be intent on equalling Schumacher’s championship record when the season fires up in Austria. It is no exaggeration to say this might be viewed as the most important year of Hamilton’s life.

2. How will the sport look this season?

Monaco Grand Prix File Photo
There will be no Monaco Grand Prix this year (PA)


3. Is Hamilton the favourite to win the title?

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Max Verstappen has a good recent record in Austria (PA)

4. And what about the rest?

Lando Norris invites Captain Tom Moore to visit McLaren�s headquarters
It is a big season for Lando Norris (PA)


5. Will this be Vettel’s last season?

Sebastian Vettel File Photo
The future is unclear for Sebastian Vettel (PA)

6. Are there any new kids on the block this year?

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Nicholas Latifi has replaced Robert Kubica at Williams (PA)

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