2022 Austrian Grand Prix Weekend Information

1068th F1 GRAND PRIX | 36th AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX | 36th GRAND PRIX AT RED BULL RING

2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN


The shortest track on the Formula 1 calendar, the Red Bull Ring produces exciting, fast-paced races. In recent years, it has hosted both the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix. The 2022 Austrian Grand Prix is set to take place on July 8-10.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 8th July
Free Practice 1 – 1:30pm Local Time / 12:30pm UK Time
Qualifying – 5:00pm Local Time / 4:00pm UK Time

Saturday 9th July
Free Practice 2 – 12:30pm Local Time / 11:30am UK Time
Sprint – 4:30pm Local Time / 3:30pm UK Time

Sunday 10th July
The 2022 Austrian Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time / 2:00pm UK Time


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This weekend, Max Verstappen will equal Mark Webber as the driver to have made the most Grand Prix starts with Red Bull. Webber made 129 starts with the team between 2007 and 2013. This will be Verstappen’s 129th appearance, having made his debut with the team at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.
  • With both Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz on the grid, this will be the 500th Grand Prix in which a Spanish driver has competed. Spain will become the ninth nation to reach this milestone.
  • The 2022 Austrian Grand Prix will be the 175th race held in the month of July. July has hosted more World Championship F1 races than any other month.
  • Max Verstappen has won more races at the Red Bull Ring than any other driver and could extend his record to five victories at the venue this weekend.
  • Should he win, Max Verstappen would become the first driver to record three consecutive victories at the venue. Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are the only other drivers to have taken back-to-back wins in Austria.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO AUSTRIA?

An additional chicane has been added to the Red Bull Ring since the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. This layout is used for MotoGP, but not for Formula 1. Nevertheless, the barrier between Turns 2 & 3 has been updated.


HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX?

There will be three DRS activation zones at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix. They are located on the main straight, between Turns 1 & 3 and between Turns 3 & 4.


RED BULL RING TRACK GUIDE

Situated in the remote but breathtaking Styrian mountains, the track now known as the Red Bull Ring returned to the F1 calendar in 2014. With lap times of just over a minute, the circuit has been changed a lot over the years yet has maintained a nostalgic spark.

In 1958, a temporary circuit was set up on the military airfield in Zeltweg. The course, inspired by the way in which the iconic Silverstone circuit came into being, was marked out by hay bales and raced on in a non-chmpionship F1 event in 1963, before stepping up as an official round of the championship in 1964. The track surface, however, was far too bumpy and abrasive for F1 machinery, and the sport never returned to the circuit.

Instead, six years later, Formula 1 settled at a track just up the valley from the airfield, named the Osterreichring. The track was around double the length of the Zeltweg airfield track, and was tremendously fast, with flowing bends which swept through the mountainous surroundings. With not much run-off area the track was dangerous, as proven by the 1975 race where a series of accidents marred the practice sessions. At the Hella-Licht curve, the first turn on the track, American racer Mark Donohue crashed through the catch-fencing, ultimately leading to his death and the death of a marshal. Changes were made to the track following the event, and a chicane was added making the former fastest corner on the track become the slowest.

The 1987 event was the last to be held at the original Osterreichring. Safety fears and lack of funding from the organisers to be in a position to make it safer meant the track disappeared from the calendar. The Austrian round of the championship was replaced with the Hungarian Grand Prix.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on Thursday afternoon. The drivers taking part in the press conference will be:

Group 1:

Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Alex Albon (Williams)

Group 2:

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Mike Krack (Aston Martin), Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Guenther Steiner (Haas) and Toto Wolff (Mercedes).


WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?

Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.


WHO WILL BE THE 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 is Vitantonio Liuzzi.


WEATHER FORECAST

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


WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?

In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. The C3, C4 and C5 compounds will be used for this race weekend.


WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX?

Max Verstappen secured Red Bull another home win at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, which was the first race to take place with a capacity crowd since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Formula 1 raced at the Red Bull Ring for a second consecutive weekend, with the Austrian Grand Prix welcoming back the sport’s first capacity crowd since before the coronavirus pandemic began. George Russell impressed in qualifying, reaching Q3 in a Williams car for the first time, while Fernando Alonso was unimpressed by a slow moving Sebastian Vettel preventing him from reaching the top ten shootout.

Max Verstappen took pole once again at the Red Bull Ring, with Lando Norris joining him on the front row. Verstappen led from the start with the Safety Car soon being called out following a first lap scrape for Esteban Ocon. Sergio Perez challenged Norris at the restart, with the McLaren driver forcing the Red Bull into the gravel. Norris was handed a 5-second penalty for the incident. Perez himself then picked up two 5-second time penalties for pulling similar moves on Charles Leclerc.

With Lewis Hamilton encountering damage, Valtteri Bottas passed his team-mate for second place. Hamilton then came under pressure from Norris, who secured the final podium place. Alonso denied Russell a point in the final laps of the race, while Kimi Raikkonen had a bizarre coming together with former team-mate Vettel. It was another dominant display from Verstappen, who led from start to end for the second week in a row.

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