2019 Austrian GP Preview

We move on to the next race which is going to be held in the beautiful race track of Red Bull Ring, which is the home race for RedBull, and Toro Rosso technically. It was originally called the A1 ring and was later named Red Bull Ring, and this beautiful circuit located in Spielberg is stunning and offers a great racing spectacle. The race track in itself is awesome and offers some stunning views all around. The camber and varying gradient is one of the key differentiators of this track, which spectators will not be able to differentiate from the outset. Only a racing driver and those who have had a chance to drive in the circuit will be able to describe the challenge that this circuit throws at a driver. Some might think of this race to be easy since it has plenty of straights but that is not the case.

Red Bull Ring has 3 DRS zones and to make things even more exciting, lap times are pretty low with drivers taking just around 67 to 75 seconds to complete the 4.3Km track during qualifying. This season Mercedes are planning to create history with 8 successive victories so far, and they are the team to beat like always. They have an unassailable lead in the constructor standings, thanks to their 1-2 finishes this season. But, last year, this race at Spielberg was where we saw double retirement for Mercedes, with both drivers facing mechanical issues to retire their cars. Mercedes would like to change things around this time at Austria and would certainly want to continue their winning streak and move on to create history. On the other hand, Ferrari and RedBull would like to beat their opponents to achieve the top step of the podium.

Beating Mercedes is going to be hard, but as we saw last year, Ferrari and RedBull were pretty strong in the race. Ferrari with their class leading straight line speed and quicker car of the year will have those 3 DRS zones assisting them in putting a strong lap time. Max Verstappen was the winner last year and would like to repeat the feat this time around too, but his work is cutout due to the remarkable performance shown by Mercedes. This stunning race track in the foothills of Styrian mountains is a great spectacle for tourists and racing fans traveling to Spielberg. Many Max Verstappen fans are going to fill most of the stands and we are sure that few exclusive Verstappen grandstands are going to fill to the brim.

2018 Austrian GP was best and worst for few drivers and teams, but will it be the same this time around? Well, we have to wait and find out how teams and drivers perform around this beautiful race track. In the last 4 races, only once over 16.5 drivers were classified, which shows the kind of load and beating the cars take every single lap around the ring. Haas, who had the best point finish of 4th ands 5th last time around at Red Bull ring, may find it hard this time around. McLaren and Renault have made good ground to the top considering the last few races and we do expect McLaren to be strong around here, so it is going to be different and nail biting for sure. Kimi had a decent result last season in Spielberg and will look to emulate a similar kind of form.

We know what happened with Valtteri last year, which resulted in a virtual safety car where Verstappen, Kimi and Vettel capitalized and were able to get ahead of Lewis Hamilton who did not pit during VSC and did lose the lead, and moving further in the race ended up retiring due to fuel pressure issue. In the last 4 races alone, we did get safety car 3 times at least once in the race. There is a high chance of safety car and VSC this time too and this is mainly due to the circuit layout. Let us see whether Mercedes rack up their wins and go on to create history by securing maximum victories in a single season by the end of this year.

Red Bull Ring Circuit Stats

First GP - 1970

Number of laps - 71

Circuit length - 4.318 Km

Race distance - 306.452 Km

Lap record - 1:06.957 set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2018