PREVIEW – Austrian Grand Prix

Features

Round nine of the 2016 season takes formula one to the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The circuit has changed over the years since first race in the late 1960’s. Organically Called the Österreichring the circuit was built as the permanent home for racing to replace a Zeltweg Air Base a short distance away.

Both the circuits have one thing in common the beautiful back drop of the Styrian Mountains and the high speed fast flowing nature of the circuit. Which favour the Mercedes with Red Bull joking last season that they needed to add more corners if they were to win.

The race made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2001 when Ferrari instructed Rubens Barrichello to cede his victory to Michael Schumacher. This prompted a ban on team orders.

Facts and figures

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Race Großer Preis von Österreich
Venue Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Circuit Lengths 4.326 km (2.688 mi)
Laps 71
Race Distance 307.146 km (190.848 mi)
Lap Record 1:08.337 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, 2003)
Most wins drivers Alain Prost (3)
Most wins (constructor) McLaren (6)

Event timetable

  Local BST
Friday
P1 10:00-11:30 09:00-10:30
P2 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:30
Saturday
P3 11:00-12:00 10:00-11:00
Qualifying  14:00-15:00 13:00-14:00
Sunday
Race 14:00-16:00 13:00-15:00

What happened in 2015?

Nico Rosberg held off his team-mate Lewis Hamilton who lost out after he made a bad start cutting his lead in the championship. But drama came straight away as two former world champions Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso crashed on the opening lap bringing out the safety car for five laps. Felipe Massa took advantage after Ferrari mess up Sebastian Vettel stop up to take a fortieth career podium

Full Race Report Full Result

2015 vs 2014 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2015 01:10.401 01:09.600 01:09.994 01:10.976 01:08.634 01:08.455 01:30:16.930 01:11.235
  -00:00.894 +00:00.058 +00:00.146 +00:01.462 -00:00.340 -00:00.304 -03:01.954 -00:00.907
2014 01:11.295 01:09.542 01:09.848 01:09.514 01:08.974 01:08.759 01:27:54.976 01:12.142

Tyres

Driver Ultra soft Super soft Soft
HAMILTON 8 3 2
ROSBERG 8 4 1
Vettel 9 3 1
RAIKKONEN 9 3 1
BOTTAS 7 5 1
MASSA 7 4 2
RICCARDO 7 4 2
VERSTAPPEN 7 4 2
MAGNUSSEN 9 2 2
PLAMER 0 3 1
HULKENBERG 7 3 3
PEREZ 7 3 3
KYVAT 7 4 2
SAINZ 7 4 2
BUTTON 7 3 3
ALONSO 7 3 3
ERICSSON 7 4 2
NASR 7 3 3
WEHRLIN 8 4 1
HARYNATO 8 4 1
GROSJEAN 6 5 2
GUTIERREZ 6 5 2
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