2020 Austrian Grand Prix Weekend Information

🇦🇹 THE 2020 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 1. 3rd-5th July.

1019th F1 GRAND PRIX | 34th AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX | 32nd GRAND PRIX AT RED BULL RING

2019 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2019 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN


  WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 3rd July
Free Practice 1 (11am Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)

Saturday 4th July
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)

Sunday 5th July
The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix (3:10pm Local Time/ 2:10pm UK Time)


  WEEKEND NOTES

  • Just as in 2018 and 2019, there will be three DRS detection points and three DRS activation zones at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. The activation zones are on the straight between Turns 1 and 3, between turns 3 and 4 and on the pit straight. 
  • The additional yellow kerbs at Turns 9 and Turn 10 have been removed. Timing loops have been installed instead to monitor exploitation of track limits.

🇦🇹 WEEKEND MILESTONES AND RECORDS

  • This will be the first Formula 1 race to be run as a closed event with no fans at the track. 
  • A win for Max Verstappen would see him equal Alain Prost’s record tally of Austrian Grand Prix wins. Prost won the event three times during his career. Verstappen has won twice so far.
  • If Max Verstappen wins this weekend, he will become the first driver to have taken three consecutive wins at the Austrian Grand Prix.
  • Ferrari can equal McLaren’s record of six Austrian Grand Prix wins this weekend. Ferrari have won the event five times so far.
  • Pole position for Charles Leclerc would see him become the sixth driver to have taken consecutive pole positions at the Austrian Grand Prix.

You can find more information about the records which could be broken this weekend in our Milestones and Records to Break post.


  ALL THE INFO

Click the links below to see all the stats and circuit history you could need ahead of the race!


 2019 RACE RECAP

A thrilling 2019 Austrian Grand Prix saw young chargers Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen starting alongside each other on the front row, with Verstappen eventually triumphing in an explosive late race battle.

Qualifying saw a multitude of blocking incidents, with George Russell picking up a three-place penalty for blocking Daniil Kvyat and Lewis Hamilton receiving the same penalty for impeding Kimi Raikkonen. While Sebastian Vettel was unable to take part in Q3, it was Charles Leclerc who took pole, lining up alongside Max Verstappen to set a new record for the youngest front row in F1 history. Verstappen had a poor start and dropped down the order. Lando Norris had a flying start and was up to third at Turn 1. Norris’ time in the top three didn’t last long, as Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen passed him in the next corners. Vettel made up for his qualifying woes by reaching fourth place before his pit stop; but the team weren’t ready for him and he suffered a long stop. Hamilton’s pit stop was delayed as he took on a new front wing following earlier damage. On Lap 50, Verstappen overtook Vettel for third place, before overtaking Valtteri Bottas for second six laps later. This led to a thrilling conclusion of the race, in which Verstappen hunted down race leader Leclerc. On Lap 68, Verstappen made a bold move on the Ferrari at Turn 3 but couldn’t make it stick. He tried again on the next lap and was more successful; though his move caught the attention of the stewards. Verstappen went on to win and his victory was confirmed hours after the race as the stewards decided not to penalise the Dutchman. Bottas completed the podium, as Vettel overtook Hamilton for fourth on the penultimate lap. The victory was the first for a Honda power unit since the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.





  PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. In previous seasons a maximum of six drivers have been selected to partake in each press conference. However, all 20 drivers will be appearing in the Drivers’ Press Conference at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.

The media also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. Appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:

Toto Wolff (Mercedes)

Christian Horner (Red Bull)

Zak Brown (McLaren)

Mattia Binotto (Ferrari)

Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)

Franz Tost (AlphaTauri)


  DRIVER STEWARD

Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend will be Vitantonio Liuzzi.


  WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


  FASTEST EVER LAP


  TYRE CHOICES

The C2 (Hard), C3 (Medium) and C4 (Soft) tyre compounds will be used for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend. Pirelli will supply each driver with the same number of each compound of tyre at every race in 2020.


  RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION

2017 2018 2019
Free Practice 1 1:05.975 (Lewis Hamilton)
1:04.839 (Lewis Hamilton) 1:04.838 (Lewis Hamilton)
Free Practice 2 1:05.483 (Lewis Hamilton)
1:04.579 (Lewis Hamilton) 1:05.086 (Charles Leclerc)
Free Practice 3 1:05.092 (Sebastian Vettel)
1:04.070 (Sebastian Vettel) 1:03.987 (Charles Leclerc)
Qualifying 1:04.251 (Valtteri Bottas)
1:03.130 (Valtteri Bottas) 1:03.003 (Charles Leclerc)
Grand Prix 1:07.441 (Lewis Hamilton) 1:06.957 (Kimi Raikkonen) 1:07.475 (Max Verstappen)