KartCMP1: Styrian Grand Prix pre-race notes

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Formula 1 heads to Austria for the first of two races on Red Bull’s home soil as the championship power struggle rages on at the Red Bull Ring.

Here’s what’s happening heading into Round 8, the Styrian Grand Prix, in Austria.

Race Information

2021 Styrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring

  • Date: 25 – 28 June 2021
  • Circuit Length: 4.318km
  • Race Distance: 306.452km
  • Number of laps: 71
  • Official Lap Record: 1:05.619 | Carlos Sainz | McLaren | 2020
  • Turns: 10 (3 left, 7 right)
  • DRS Zones: 3
  • Tyre Compounds: C2-Hard | C3-Medium | C4-Soft [Mid-Range]

Top Stories

  • Showers and 28⁰C, wet running is in the forecast this weekend in Spielberg
  • French GP result see’s the F1 tide is turning in Red Bull’s favour
  • Mercedes vow full attack at Styrian GP
  • Brundle: Don’t agree Hamilton was too soft on Max overtake
  • Toto Wolff positively validates Bottas’ French GP outburst
  • Binotto: Ferrari’s Paul Ricard struggles stemmed from issues ‘two years ago that should have been addressed’
  • Gasly defends his battle with Norris as ‘hard racing’
  • Steiner defends Haas drivers battles as ‘hard but not unfair racing’
  • Russell delighted with his French GP nominating it as ‘probably the best race’ with Williams.
  • W Series returns to action in Austria after season’s absence

Top Quotes

  • Nico Rosberg [Sky Sports] “Close the damn door, no?”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] “Austria has been a tricky circuit for us in past seasons, but we went well there last year. We know the situation is very different this season, though. It’s a very quick lap and a short circuit, with fewer opportunities to gain time. The margins are going to be tight, so we’ll give it maximum attack.”
  • Ross Brawn [F1 Group] “It was fabulous watching the race evolve from a slow burner to humdinger. This race was the epitome of F1 – we saw the human side and the strategy side of the sport in all its glory. And Verstappen was the one who came out on top.”
  • Christian Horner [Red Bull] “When you look at the dominance that Mercedes had last year – and let’s not forget, 60 per cent of the car is carryover – it shows we have just done a phenomenal job.”
  • Mika Hakkinen [2x WDC] “After their disappointing street-circuit performances in Monaco and Azerbaijan, I really expected Mercedes to recover well in France. The team will now be worried that, with the next two Grands Prix at Red Bull’s home event in Austria, they risk falling further behind in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships.”

Memorable Styrian Grand Prix Moments

  • Lewis Hamilton rain-soaked ‘not from this world’ pole position | 2020
  • Leclerc v. Vettel, Ferrari v. Ferrari | 2020
  • The Lando Norris Show | 2020

Race Stewards

  • Dr Gerd Ennser | F1 and DTM Steward
  • Andrew Mallalieu | F1, WRC, and F3 Steward
  • Emanuele Pirro | Retired F1 and Sportscar Driver
  • Walter Jobst | National Steward

2020 Styrian Grand Prix Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:22:50.683
  2. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +13.719
  3. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +33.698
  4. Alexander Albon | Red Bull Racing Honda | +44.400
  5. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +61.470
  6. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +62.387
  7. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +62.453
  8. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | +62.591
  9. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +1 Lap
  10. Daniil Kvyat | AlphaTauri Honda | +1 Lap
  11. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  12. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | +1 Lap
  13. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | +1 Lap
  14. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  15. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri Honda | +1 Lap
  16. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +2 Lap
  17. Nicholas Latifi | Williams Mercedes | +2 Laps
  18. Esteban Ocon | Renault | DNF
  19. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | DNF
  20. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | DNF

Styrian Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2020 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes

*Race not held prior to 2020.

Previously in F1: 2021 French Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | 1:27:25.770
  2. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | +2.904
  3. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Honda | +8.811
  4. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +14.618
  5. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +64.032

Best Driver

  • Max Verstappen

Best Team

  • Red Bull

“UH-OH”s

  • Ferrari
  • Valtteri Bottas
  • Esteban Ocon

“Way To Go”s

  • Max Verstappen
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Lando Norris

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 131 | Max Verstappen
  2. 119 | Lewis Hamilton | -12
  3. 84 | Sergio Perez | -47
  4. 76 | Lando Norris | -55
  5. 59 | Valtteri Bottas | -72
  6. 52 | Charles Leclerc | -79
  7. 42 | Carlos Sainz | -89
  8. 37 | Pierre Gasly | -94
  9. 34 | Daniel Ricciardo | -97
  10. 30 | Sebastian Vettel | -101
  11. 17 | Fernando Alonso | -114
  12. 12 | Esteban Ocon | -119
  13. 10 | Lance Stroll | -121
  14. 8 | Yuki Tsunoda | -123
  15. 1 | Kimi Raikkonen | -130
  16. 1 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -130
  17. 0 | George Russell | -131
  18. 0 | Mick Schumacher | -131
  19. 0 | Nikita Mazepin | -131
  20.  0 | Nicholas Latifi  | -131

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 215 | Red Bull Honda
  2. 178 | Mercedes | -37
  3. 110 | McLaren Mercedes | -105
  4. 94 | Ferrari | -121
  5. 45 | AlphaTauri Honda | -170
  6. 40 | Aston Martin Mercedes | -175
  7.  29 | Alpine | -186
  8. 2  | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -213
  9. 0  | Williams Mercedes | -215
  10. 0  | Haas Ferrari | -215