The winter break officially came to an end as the lights went green in Barcelona to begin pre-season testing ahead of the 2020 season.
And one of the most exciting parts is getting to see the team’s new 2020 challengers in action for the first time.
So, here they all are as they navigated the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya…
First out on track was the Aquafresh, sorry, Williams FW43 driven by George Russell. The team said they wanted to be first out when the lights went green after the disasters of last year, and they did exactly that!
It was supposed to be a day off from driving duties for Charles Leclerc, but team-mate Sebastian Vettel was ill so he got the chance to take the SF1000 around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time.
With Red Bull skipping the whole testing livery this year Renault decided to adopt the concept for themselves. Esteban Ocon took the RS20 for a spin with its distinctive nose.
Valtteri Bottas ventured on to the track as he showed off the W11, which Mercedes hope can land them a seventh consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship double.
And with Max Verstappen heading out for some laps in the RB16 we had seen all three of the likely title-challenging cars in action.
But could McLaren add their name to the mix? It’s unlikely, but the Woking outfit made great strides forward last year, finishing in that ‘best of the rest’ P4 spot in the Constructors’ Championship.
Carlos Sainz will hope this MCL35 takes him a step closer to the top dogs, as will team-mate Lando Norris.
Kimi Raikkonen couldn’t hide his excitement this morning as Alfa Romeo launched the C39, sarcasm alert, but it was the team’s new reserve driver Robert Kubica who put their 2020 challenger through its early paces.
Haas were the first team to reveal official images of their 2020 car, the VF-20, and after helping take the covers off Kevin Magnussen was sent out onto the track.
Racing Point caused quite the stir when they revealed their all-pink livery with BWT’s extensive branding. The feedback was largely negative, but what does everyone think now we have seen it on the circuit?
And the last of them – AlphaTauri’s AT01 driven by Daniil Kvyat. Hopes are high for the team formerly known as Toro Rosso with Red Bull now treating them as a “sister” team, rather than a junior outfit. It looks a beauty.