Styrian Grand Prix preview

The start of the Styrian GP 2020. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool

Just seven days after the French cracker, the first part of the Spielberg double-header is on the agenda. Red Bull travels to its home race in Styria with three wins in a row.

Drivers and teams know what to expect at Spielberg: a 4.318-kilometer track with a mix of slow, medium-fast, and fast corners. Three longer straights, three harder braking zones, aggressive curbs, and the same tire compounds as last year. Pirelli is leaving it at C2 (hard), C3 (medium), and C4 (soft) for the first Austrian round before going a notch softer a week later.


The action was always guaranteed during the last appearances of the queen class on the Alps circuit. This year, the weather could even add a little extra spice. Meteorologists are predicting a not inconsiderable risk of showers for all three days of the race weekend. The thermometer is expected to climb up to 27°C on Sunday.

The track:

From the home straight to the highest point after turn 3, the track climbs a whopping 100 meters. After that, it’s mostly downhill to the finish. Braking for the first two tight corners, in particular, proves tricky. On the subsequent long straights, the drivers have to carry a lot of momentum and their cars have to demonstrate good traction. The full-throttle passages offer good overtaking opportunities. Between turns 1 and 3, the cars reach a top speed of over 300 km/h. Thanks to a 700-meter-long DRS zone, overtaking action is guaranteed here. The other two DRS zones are on the start-finish straight and the short stretch of full-throttle between turns 3 and 4.

The 2020 race:

In pouring rain, Lewis Hamilton secured pole position in superior fashion on Saturday. In bright sunshine, Hamilton then left no stone unturned in the race. The superstar in the newly black-painted Silver Arrow dictated the pace from the front. In the end, he crossed the finish line 13.7 seconds ahead of Bottas in the sister car. The Finn had fought off Max Verstappen with fresher tires with eight laps to go, thus clinching the one-two for Mercedes in the away race. It was at this same race that Ferrari fans had a bitter pill to swallow, Charles Leclerc colliding with Sebastian Vettel on the starting lap, leading to a double retirement for the Scuderia.

The schedule:

SessionTimes (CEST)
FP1Friday, June 25th – 11.30 a.m.
FP2Friday, June 25th – 3 p.m.
FP3Saturday, June 26th – 12 p.m.
QualifyingSaturday, June 26th – 3 p.m.
RaceSunday, June 27th – 3 p.m.
2021 Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix schedule.
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