KartCMP1: Austrian Grand Prix pre-race notes

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It is advantage Red Bull as Max Verstappen looks to shutout his Mercedes championship rival Lewis Hamilton, and become the first driver to sweep a triple-header in Formula 1.

Here’s what’s happening heading into Round 9 in Austria.

Race Information

2021 Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring

  • Date: 02 – 04 July 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: C3-Hard | C4-Medium | C5-Soft [Softest-Range]

Top Stories

  • Showers and 22⁰C, fingers crossed for some wet running on race day in Spielberg
  • Max Verstappen eyes first ever triple header sweep
  • Austrian GP open for capacity crowds for the first time since the pandemic began
  • Alpine’s Guanyu Zhou gets FP1 driving duties for Austrian GP
  • Helmut Marko confident in even stronger weekend at second Austrian leg
  • Ferrari achieve FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation
  • Two test sets of tyres available to drivers Friday as Pirelli trail new rear tyre construction
  • Former Ferrari F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene takes on new Juventus role as CEO
  • Michael Masi slams Verstappen victory burnout
  • Russian GP moved to Igora Drive from 2023

Top Quotes

  • George Russell [Williams] “Racing is just brutal.”
  • Valtteri Bottas [Mercedes] “I never imagined after that [spin in pit lane], that there would be a penalty. But of course other teams, when there’s an opportunity they complain that it’s dangerous, etcetera, so we get penalized. That’s how it goes. Everyone’s trying to screw you over in this sport.”
  • Jos Verstappen [Jos The Boss] “I think Lewis and Max are equal. It’s very difficult to compare as they don’t drive the same car. We have a good car, but the Mercedes is also very strong.”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] “Red Bull brought trucks and vans on Thursday and Friday with new parts, and fair enough, it’s a strategy, and one that proves to be successful as it stands because today they were simply in a league of their own from a car pace [perspective]. We have stopped developing for this year because we believe next year is so important to get it right. And they keep adding bits.”
  • Christian Horner [Red Bull] “What Mercedes do is very much their business. So we’re just focused on ourselves and we know that Toto likes to throw the light somewhere else, so I can’t believe that they’ll go through the rest of this year without putting a single component on the car.”

Memorable Austrian Grand Prix Moments

  • Lando Norris scores first podium | 2020
  • Alexander Albon: “The guy is such a sore loser” | 2020
  • Verstappen v. Leclerc, Verstappen’s amazing comeback and win | 2019
  • Points finish for Pascal Wehrlein & Manor Grand Prix | 2016
  • Rosberg forgets to turn right on last lap | 2016
  • Williams front row qualifying lockout | 2014
  • Team Orders | 2002
  • Montoya v. M. Schumacher | 2001
  • Nigel Mansell crashes into overpass | 1987
  • Niki Lauda’s home GP win | 1984

Race Stewards

  • Dr Gerd Ennser | F1 and DTM Steward
  • Paolo Longoni | Member of the Italian Motor Sport Commission
  • Derek Warwick | Retired F1 and Sportscar Driver
  • Walter Jobst | National Steward

2020 Austrian Grand Prix Results

  1. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | 1:30:55.739
  2. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +2.700
  3. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +5.491
  4. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | +5.689
  5. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +8.903
  6. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +15.092
  7. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri Honda | +16.682
  8. Esteban Ocon | Renault | +17.456
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +21.146
  10. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +24.545
  11. Nicholas Latifi | Williams Mercedes | +31.650
  12. Daniil Kvyat | AlphaTauri Honda | DNF
  13. Alexander Albon | Red Bull Racing Honda | DNF
  14. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | DNF
  15. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | DNF
  16. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | DNF
  17. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | DNF
  18. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | DNF
  19. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | DNF
  20. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | DNF

Austrian Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2020 Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes
  • 2019 Max Verstappen | Red Bull
  • 2018 Max Verstappen | Red Bull
  • 2017 Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes
  • 2016 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes

Previously in F1: 2021 Styrian Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Honda | 1:22:18.925
  2. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | +35.743
  3. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +46.907
  4. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Honda | +47.434
  5. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +1 Lap

Best Driver

  • Max Verstappen

Best Team

  • Red Bull

“UH-OH”s

  • Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo
  • Esteban Ocon

“Way To Go”s

  • Max Verstappen
  • George Russell
  • Ferrari

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 156 | Max Verstappen
  2. 138 | Lewis Hamilton | -18
  3.   96 | Sergio Perez | -60
  4.   86 | Lando Norris | -70
  5.   74 | Valtteri Bottas | -82
  6.   58 | Charles Leclerc | -98
  7.   50 | Carlos Sainz | -106
  8.   37 | Pierre Gasly | -119
  9.   34 | Daniel Ricciardo | -122
  10. 30 | Sebastian Vettel | -126
  11. 19 | Fernando Alonso | -137
  12. 14 | Lance Stroll | -142
  13. 12 | Esteban Ocon | -144
  14.   9 | Yuki Tsunoda | -147
  15.   1 | Kimi Raikkonen | -155
  16.   1 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -155
  17.   0 | George Russell | -156
  18.   0 | Mick Schumacher | -156
  19.   0 | Nikita Mazepin | -156
  20.   0 | Nicholas Latifi  | -156

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 252 | Red Bull Honda
  2. 212 | Mercedes | -40
  3. 120 | McLaren Mercedes | -132
  4. 108 | Ferrari | -144
  5.   46 | AlphaTauri Honda | -206
  6.   44 | Aston Martin Mercedes | -208
  7.   31 | Alpine | -221
  8.    2  | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -250
  9.    0  | Williams Mercedes | -252
  10.  0  | Haas Ferrari | -252