With the start of the 2020 Formula 1 campaign looming ever closer, teams have begun to fire up their cars for the first time ahead of pre-season testing.

But which power unit do you think sounds best?


Mercedes were the first team to get its 2020 power unit roaring into life on January 28 at its Brackley base, with the German manufacturer hoping its latest engine can fire it to yet another world championship double and maintain its supremacy in F1.

Mercedes engine chief Andy Cowell admitted the team has been “fighting a few little issues” with its 2020 engine as it looks to make further gains heading into the new campaign, highlighting how the search for constant improvement does not come without challenges.


2019 runners up Ferrari fired its 2020 challenger into life one day after Mercedes. The Scuderia made significant gains with its power unit development in 2019 and appeared to move ahead of Mercedes for the first time in the V6 hybrid era in terms of power. Can Ferrari make further progress this year?

Ferrari is still seeking its first F1 title of any description since 2008 and is in danger of losing a record it has held since 2004. If Mercedes triumphs once more to this year’s constructors’ championship it will overtake Ferrari as the only team to have won seven world titles in a row.

McLaren and Renault

On the same day as Ferrari, McLaren fired up its Renault-powered MCL35 for the first time. The Woking outfit is looking to follow up its strongest year of the V6 hybrid era to date, after beating engine supplier Renault to fourth place in the constructors’ standings.

2020 marks the last season McLaren will be powered by the French manufacturer, before rekindling its former partnership with Mercedes from 2021.

The Renault works squad followed suit a couple of days later by sharing a sound clip of its own engine fire up.

Honda is the only engine manufacturer yet to share a fire up. The Japanese manufacturer will once again power both Red Bull and its rebranded sister squad AlphaTauri in 2020.

Max Verstappen scored three victories in 2019 as Honda made impressive gains with its engine performance, ending the year as a match for rivals Ferrari and Mercedes. Can it go one better in 2020?