AlphaTauri fire up the AT01 ahead of return to the track at Imola on Wednesday

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01

The anticipation is really starting to build now ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5, as the teams ramp up their preparations for the start of the delayed 2020 season.

Mercedes, Renault and Racing Point have already carried out private tests to help them blow off the cobwebs before the cars hit the track in anger at the Red Bull Ring, and on Tuesday Ferrari ran their 2018 car at Mugello to give drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc some time in the cockpit.

AlphaTauri will be the next team to get their car back on track when they use one of their two allotted filming days to run their 2020 challenger at Imola on Wednesday.

BACK TO WORK: Looking back on 10 days where F1 preparations moved up a gear

And ahead of Wednesday's run, the team fired up the Honda power unit in the AT01 at their Faenza factory.

Under current F1 rules, using a filming day allows the team to use their new car, but they are limited to 100km of running, and are not allowed to use current racing tyres.

Racing Point used one of theirs last week to run the new RP20 at Silverstone with Lance Stroll behind the wheel, while Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault have opted to use their 2018 cars in their tests.

READ MORE: Racing Point tech boss explains how new safety protocols will impact teams at race weekends



Coming Up

Coming Up


F2: Colapinto makes last-lap overtake to take victory in Imola Sprint Race