Preview and live stream for this weekend’s Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
When: Sunday 22nd June, 1:00pm BST
Watch live: Click here to watch on NowTV from Sky!
Site: Red Bull Ring – Spielburg, Austria
Track: 4.326km, 9 turns
Race Length: 307.020km
Lap Record: 1.08.337 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2003)
The eighth round of the season takes the Formula One circus to Spielburg for the Austrian Grand Prix for the first time in 11 years.
No longer is it known as the A1 Ring, it has now been rechristened as the Red Bull Ring and with it a number of trackside upgrades have occurred since the last time F1 team visited the picturesque circuit.
The track itself however remains much as it was back in 2003.
The Red Bull Ring is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar at 4.326km and it features just nine corners. It is characterised by long straights and slow-to-medium speed corners, and historically, sub-1m10s lap times were the norm with Michael Schumacher winning the 2003 event with an average speed of 213km/h.
However, history will count for nothing this weekend as the F1 teams bring their 1.6L V6 turbocharged hybrid powered machinery to Austria – a far cry from the V10’s that last raced around this track.
The closest teams can get to analysing track data will be on their simulators, but what can’t be modelled is how the track surface evolves over the weekend, meaning the Friday and Saturday practice sessions will be some of the most important of the season.
Daniel Ricciardo goes to Spielburg as the form driver of the paddock after picking up his maiden F1 win in Montreal earlier this month and will be hoping to again close the gap on the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes of course, will be strong.
The German team won the first six rounds of the season before technical issues handed Ricciardo the win in Canada, however if they manage to stay out of trouble there is no doubt Rosberg and/or Hamilton will be fighting for the race win come the closing laps on Sunday.
The uncertainty of the circuit will make for an interesting weekend, and perhaps a surprise winner.
Force India and Williams may have a genuine shot at a good result due to their superb straight-line speed, though it looks Ferrari are too far off the pace for a race win at this stage.
Tune in. It should be a cracker.