Who is heading into the final part of the triple-header with some momentum and who needs to improve ahead of Silverstone? Max Verstappen: It was Daniel Ricciardo looking for a gift on his birthday, but it was Verstappen who got all the presents courtesy of a monumental cock-up by the Mercedes strategists. Backed by a 20,000-strong army of fans in the grandstands, the Dutchman was able to clinch a first race win of the season after Mercedes failed to pit race leader Hamilton under the VSC caused by Valtteri Bottas, leaving Verstappen to secure maximum points after getting ahead of an ultra-attacking Raikkonen in the early stages. Raikkonen and Vettel narrowed the gap in the final stages, but Max managed his blistering tyres superbly as part of a very mature drive to ensure that he would not be knocked off the top step of the podium. Verstappen is now in a real rich vein of form with three consecutive podium finishes for the first time in his career. What difficult start to the … [Read more...] about Driver ratings from the Austrian Grand Prix
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1 July 2018 • 12:59pm Race starts at 2.10pm BST Valtteri Bottas starts from pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel will start from sixth after being handed a three-place grid penalty for blocking another driver in qualifying Auto update On Off 12:49PM Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage for the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix Yesterday's qualifying was a good one - as they have often been this season. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton appeared to have the edge in the first two parts of qualifying but Valtteri Bottas pulled out an excellent lap (in fact two excellent laps) to take his first pole of 2018. Can he convert it into his first win of the season? The gap between Bottas and Hamilton was small - just 0.019s - but the gap between the Mercedes drivers to the Ferraris was significant. Sebastian Vettel looked a threat to the Silver Arrows but was a fair way off in the end; over four tenths away from Bottas's time. Those Mercedes aero … [Read more...] about F1 live: Austrian Grand Prix 2018
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30 June 2018 • 1:24pm Qualifying begins at 2pm BST Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel fastest in final practice, Lewis Hamilton second Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship Auto update On Off 1:24PM Sebastian Vettel on "Mariokart F1" 1:19PM The Red Bull Ring It says the first race here was in 1970. That is technically correct but the old Österreichring was significantly remodeled before it became the A1 Ring and returned to the F1 season from 1997-2003. Three DRS zones as well this weekend, following the same at the Australian and Canadian Grands Prix. It was not very helpful then, why would it be now? 1:12PM Final practice report Sebastian Vettel finished fastest in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen suffered an engine failure. Vettel was slower than his championship rival Lewis Hamilton on Friday, but the Ferrari driver turned up the pace in the … [Read more...] about F1 live: Austrian Grand Prix 2018 qualifying
Share Tweet Share Share Email While the weekend at the picturesque Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg marks the second race weekend of the first triple header in Formula 1, Mercedes team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas lead the top two slots in the time sheets for both sessions. The Austrian circuit represents the typical characteristics of an old school F1 track, with its undulation and long radius corners, making it one of the specialties on the calendar. It is a combination of driving skill, tyre management and efficient engineering that produce a great result here. Hamilton lead both sessions with the fastest lap in FP1 clocked at 1 minute 04.839 seconds on the ultra-soft compound, while his fastest best in FP2 was 1 minute 04.579 seconds on the soft compound. In the sprint runs while Mercedes looked best, in FP1 Red Bull Racing driver took the third spot with a time of 1 minute 05.072 seconds, while in FP2 Sebastian Vettel took the third spot with a quick lap of 1 … [Read more...] about Friday Practice Analysis: 2018 Austrian Grand Prix
The old Österreichring was the type of track you don't see too much in modern F1. It had fast-sweeping curves, incredible climbs, was pretty quick and an excellent test of skill. It was perhaps even a classic. The last grand prix held on that layout was in 1987. Significant changes were made in the mid-1990s, partly for safety reasons, and the track was reduced from 5.942 km to 4.326 km with the faster corners being removed. Now known as the Red Bull Ring and formerly the A1 Ring (from 1997-2011) the circuit lost a lot of its character but still retained some; the steep ascent to the tight first turn is an unusual but striking sight, perhaps only matched by the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Still, it makes a nice change to some of the more modern from-scratch Hermann Tilke-designed circuits on the calendar (Tilke actually did the remodeling here, as he did with Paul Ricard). Anyway, that's enough history. We have a race this weekend in a … [Read more...] about Austrian Grand Prix 2018 preview: Advantage Mercedes, party time at Renault and is it time for Bottas to triumph?
What is it? The Austrian Grand Prix, the ninth round of the 2018 Formula One season and the middle weekend of Formula One's first ever triple-header. It takes place at the Red Bull Ring, on the site of the old Österreichring. It previously held F1 grands prix from 1997-2003 on this layout under the A1 Ring name but was reintroduced to the F1 calendar in 2014. The picturesque backdrop to the circuit is formed by the Styrian Hills. It's also one of F1's shorter laps, with the 2017 pole lap at just over 64 seconds. When is it? The action starts with practice on Friday June 29, qualifying taking place on Saturday June 30 and the race on July 1. What time does it start? Qualifying begins at 2pm BST on Saturday June 30 and the race starts at its now traditional time of 2.10pm BST. How can I watch it? As ever, all the coverage is screened live on Sky Sports F1. Channel 4 also have live coverage for the race weekend. Qualifying coverage starts … [Read more...] about Austrian Grand Prix 2018: What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
The second leg of a three-race “triple header” – a stretch of three races in a row for Formula 1 – is at the Red Bull Ring for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. The circuit may be named for the Austrian energy drink, meaning it’s a home race for Red Bull Racing, but Mercedes has dominated at the circuit since it returned in 2014. Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won twice (2014 and 2016), while Lewis Hamilton (2015) and Valtteri Bottas (2017) have one victory each. And Mercedes enters the Red Bull Ring on a high note, coming off a dominant Hamilton victory at the French Grand Prix, a win that vaulted Hamilton back into the championship lead – he leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 14 points entering Austria. Talking points ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix are below. Who will have the advantage between Mercedes and Ferrari? Mercedes and Ferrari have engaged in a tug of war throughout 2018, and each race seems to change which one has … [Read more...] about F1 Preview – 2018 Austrian Grand Prix
The Austrian Grand prix is sandwiched into the 2018 Formula 1 calendar in the middle of a triple-header with the French Grand Prix just before and the British Grand Prix a week after. The track used to be known as the A1-Ring but after a failed rebuild, it was bought by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz and renamed the Red Bull Ring. As such, it is the team’s home race and will see a whole area of the paddock dedicated to one of its drivers: the Max Verstappen Village is expected to play host to around 5,000 fans of the Dutchman, all dressed in bright orange. So here’s everything you need to know about the race weekend in Austria. Austrian Grand Prix schedule and practice times Friday June 29, first free practice session, 10am-11.30am Austrian Grand Prix TV channel And both Sky and Channel 4 have live coverage of the Austrian Grand Prix available for viewers. Austrian Grand Prix TV schedule Channel 4 Sky Sports Austrian Grand Prix live stream Day passes, which let you … [Read more...] about Austrian Grand Prix 2018: TV channel, schedule, practice times and odds
The world’s most famous hillclimb event – Pikes Peak – took place in America last weekend, but this weekend is the closest that Formula 1 gets to it, The Red Bull Ring from a tyre point of view: It’s one of the shortest laps of the year (but the fastest in terms of lap time) with relatively low energy loads being placed through the tyres and good grip from the asphalt. The first two sectors are fast and flowing, while the third sector is slower and more technical. The mountain location means weather can be unpredictable, with sunshine and showers. With lots of elevation, many corners are blind: finding a set-up that gives confidence is key. A one-stopper was the most common choice last year, but with a few different variations. Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola comments on what to expect ahead of the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix in terms of tyre management: “Austria features the same tyre nomination as France, but they are very different tracks, … [Read more...] about 2018 Austrian Grand Prix: Pirelli race preview