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Formula One's delayed 2020 season is finally set to begin from Friday in Austria - with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the grid's two most successful drivers, braced for a number of new challenges.

Seven months after the 2019 campaign concluded - and more than 100 days after the scheduled start to the new one in Australia was abandoned - the sport will reconvene in Austria for the first of two races at the Red Bull Ring, and eight rounds in 10 weeks through the summer.

With a shortened but condensed calendar ultimately set to run until December, and extensive health and safety protocols in place at GP venues, the nature of the 2020 season will clearly be different to what was originally expected back at the start of the year.

Six-time champion Hamilton said: "We are preparing the best way we can for what is going to be the most difficult season that Formula One and all of us has experienced, with the difficult times that we're facing and the changes that we have to make in order to operate."

Four-time champion Vettel said: "I'm looking forward to getting back in the car."

Belfast Telegraph