THE 2021 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 9. 2nd – 4th July.
1044th F1 GRAND PRIX | 35th AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX | 35th GRAND PRIX AT RED BULL RING
2020 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2020 WINNER: VALTTERI BOTTAS
Friday 2nd July
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 10:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 3rd July
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 4th July
The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- This will be the sixth race to be held on 4th July. It’s the first race to be held on this date since the 2004 French Grand Prix. It will be the first F1 race held on this date to not take place in Austria.
- This will be the 300th Formula 1 race to feature at least four World Champions on the grid.
- Sergio Perez will become the nineteenth driver to have started 200 Grands Prix.
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No changes have been made to the Red Bull Ring since last week’s race at the track.
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.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conferences at the Austrian Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Guenther Steiner (Haas), Jost Capito (Williams), Franz Tost (AlphaTauri) and Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda).
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 Derek Warwick.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.
2020 STYRIAN GP RECAP
Lewis Hamilton was peerless at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, taking pole by over a second in wet conditions and claiming a comfortable win ahead of his team-mate.
For the first time in Formula 1 history, the Red Bull Ring hosted two races on consecutive weekends, with the second race titled the Styrian Grand Prix. The second weekend was held in contrasting conditions to the first. Rain on Saturday saw Free Practice 3 cancelled, while qualifying was held in wet conditions. The adverse conditions allowed George Russell to reach Q2 for the first time in his career, while Lewis Hamilton dominated the final session and took pole by over a second. Max Verstappen lined up alongside Hamilton on the front row, while Carlos Sainz qualified a career-best third. The order remained the same on the first lap, while further back the two Ferrari drivers collided, resulting in a double DNF for the Scuderia in what was fast becoming a season to forget. Hamilton was not challenged for the victory and took a comfortable win ahead of his team-mate, who had raced Verstappen hard for second place. Behind the front three, a battle for fourth place between Alex Albon and Sergio Perez very nearly resulted in Albon colliding with a driver in the same spot as he had done one week previously. Perez picked up front wing damage as a result. On the penultimate lap, in the fight for sixth place, Lance Stroll attempted an overtake on Daniel Ricciardo, resulting in both drivers running wide at Turn 3. Lando Norris took advantage of the situation to sweep by the duo. Stroll fought back, but Norris soon re-passed on the final lap. With Perez struggling with the damage to his wing, the McLaren was closing on the Racing Point, and Norris was able to secure fifth place at the penultimate corner.
2020 AUSTRIAN GP RECAP
The 2020 Formula 1 season began four months later than planned with the Austrian Grand Prix – a race which was well worth waiting for.
The coronavirus pandemic ended the Australian Grand Prix before the on-track action had even begun and went on to decimate the opening half of the calendar, but the 2020 season finally began at the start of July with the Austrian Grand Prix. It was a familiar order at the front in qualifying, with Mercedes securing the two fastest times. Valtteri Bottas brought out the yellow flags in Q3 with a trip across the grass, but had already done enough to secure pole position. Bottas’ off caused problems for Lewis Hamilton, who was handed a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow for the yellow flags. At the start, Bottas maintained his lead, with Max Verstappen and Lando Norris vying for second place. Hamilton was soon back up to second place, with his charge helped by engine issues for Verstappen, which saw him retire from the race. Ferrari had struggled for pace all weekend, and Sebastian Vettel compounded those problems with a spin after trying to pass Carlos Sainz. The Ferrari driver dropped to the back of the field as a result. Further retirements followed for Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen, before George Russell brought out the Safety Car as he broke down with 20 laps of the race remaining. At the restart, Kimi Raikkonen lost a wheel, bringing out the Safety Car once more. With ten laps to go, Alex Albon – on fresher tyres having pitted under the Safety Car – attempted an overtake on Hamilton for second place. The pair collided, and Albon fell down the order. Charles Leclerc moved into an unlikely third position – which would become second following a five-second time penalty for Hamilton, who was deemed to have caused the collision with Albon. Hamilton’s penalty promoted Norris into third place, recording the first podium finish of his career. Norris set the Fastest Lap on the final lap of the race, allowing him to close to within five seconds of the Mercedes driver. Nicholas Latifi, the only rookie in the field, was last to cross the line and finished the race eleventh, just outside of the points.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Session||2017||2018||2019||2020 (Austria)||2020 (Styria)|
|Free Practice 1||1:05.975 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:04.839 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:04.838 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:04.816 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:04.867 (Sergio Perez)|
|Free Practice 2||1:05.483 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:04.579 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:05.086 (Charles Leclerc)||1:04.304 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:03.660 (Max Verstappen)|
|Free Practice 3||1:05.092 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:04.070 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:03.987 (Charles Leclerc)||1:04.130 (Lewis Hamilton)||–|
|Qualifying||1:04.251 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:03.130 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:03.003 (Charles Leclerc)||1:02.939 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:19.273 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:07.441 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:06.957 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:07.475 (Max Verstappen)||1:07.475 (Lando Norris)||1:05.619 (Carlos Sainz)|