Styrian Grand Prix 2021
Let The F1 Battle Commence – Can Red Bull Continue Their Winning Streak?
The Grand Prix returns once again this weekend in the first of two races in Austria at one of the sport’s most historic circuits in Spielberg – The Red Bull Ring.
A battle between Hamilton and Verstappen is once again to be expected at the Red Bull Ring in Austria this weekend but Red bull will be looking to take a third win in four years at this circuit to really maintain their control in both title fights and build their leads.
About The Red Bull Ring Circuit
The modern layout of this circuit consists of nine corners, and is dominated by its three straights, making it a power-hungry venue where straight-line speed is crucial.
- Track Stats
- Circuit: Red Bull ring
- Length: 4.318KM
- Laps: 71
- Race Distance: 306.578KM
- Corners: 10
- Lap Record: 1.05.619 Carlos Sainz (2020)
Latest F1 Championship Standings
- Max Verstappen – 131 points
- Lewis Hamilton – 119 points
- Sergio Perez – 84 points
- Lando Norris – 76 points
- Valtteri Bottas – 59 points
- Red Bull – 215 points
- Mercedes – 178 points
- McLaren – 110 points
- Ferrari – 94 points
The Red Bull and Mercedes Battle
Following last week’s race in France, we saw Red Bull complete their hat trick of winning three races in a row for the first time since 2013, meaning Mercedes are on the backfoot. Verstappen now has a twelve-point lead over Hamilton. It is a good margin but Red Bulls advisor Helmut Markop still argues this is not nearly enough.
Mercedes made the mistake of not following in Verstappen’s footsteps with a two-stop strategy which led to Verstappen eventually running away with the win. Mercedes potentially had a winning car in France but lost out strategically and saw the opportunities missed by them, which made all the difference. Will Mercedes make a comeback or will Verstappen bring it home on home soil for Red Bull?
Last year at this circuit it was Hamilton who started from pole and took the victory, Verstappen finished second in the rained-out qualifying session, but then ended with him having to settle for P3 in the race. This year Verstappen is clearly hoping for more and if Verstappen’s team can win on a normal circuit like Paul Ricard in France last week, where Mercedes has previously dominated in recent years, then Mercedes will need to be vigilant.
Are Ferrari In With A Chance?
After recent pole positions for Leclerc in Monaco and Baku, it was back to reality last week when Ferrari really struggled in France. Sainz and Leclerc failed to even make midfield following tyre issues which saw them drop back and end up outside the points.
Will this weekend paint a different picture and climb back up there in qualifying? If Ferrari can find a fix for Austria they might be aiming high on Saturday. Ferrari have proved they are getting closer to the top teams which have been apparent in qualifying. The shorter laps of this track will apply greater pressure on Mercedes and Red Bull where they will need to keep an eye on other teams qualifying.
Predicting the starting grid is nearly impossible – who will you put your bet on?
Tyre Choices For Austrian Grand Prix
Pirelli has opted to once again make their middle compounds available for drivers to use in Austria as they did last week in France at the Paul Ricard circuit.
The C2 tyre will be the hard compound, C3 the medium and C4 the soft.
Pirelli stated the Austrian round has been a one-stop contest in the past, the softer nomination could push teams to stop twice.
What Is The Weather Forecast For The Styrian Grand Prix?
With the battle commencing between Hamilton and Verstappen will it be rain or shine in Spielberg this weekend?
Partly cloudy and quickly unsettled from early morning to the evening with thundery showers from midday. This could mean a wet FP2.
Sunny spells in the morning followed by another unsettled afternoon. Low chance of rain for FP3 but increasing to moderate for qualifying.
Unsettled with a moderate chance (40%) of rain for the race.
Overall, the weather conditions will make it a difficult weekend for the F1 teams in Austria. The changing conditions during the weekend make practise and testing for qualifying and the race almost impossible. The conditions on Friday are completely different to those on Saturday and Sunday where rain is constantly in the midst.
The Styrian Grand Prix Schedule
The Styrian Grand Prix will follow the below schedule (BST) :
- Free Practice 1: 10.30-11.30 BST
- Free Practice 2: 14.00-15.00 BST
- Free Practice 3: 11.00-12.00 BST
- Qualifying 14.00-15.00 BST
- Race 14.00
The race for the championship continues and there is never a dull moment in the F1 calendar as the last few weeks have proved. Will Mercedes bridge the gap between Red Bull or can Verstappen bring it home for his country and lead the way once more with a greater chance of taking the championship in sight.
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