If Sunday’s forgettable action at Paul Ricard put you to sleep, it’s time to wake up quickly with a swift turnaround incoming for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The snorefest at Le Castellet was another grim afternoon for the sport as Mercedes notched up a 10th consecutive Grand Prix victory, courtesy of reigning World Champion and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari had another frustrating weekend as Sebastian Vettel blew his chances of a podium by fluffing his lines in qualifying, and Daniel Ricciardo lost his hard-earned points when he was handed not one but two time penalties for having the temerity to overtake…
We can only hope that the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will provide a little more entertainment than Paul Ricard – maybe Max Verstappen will again provide some excitement in front of the travelling Dutch army at Red Bull’s home track. Here is all you need to know ahead of the big race.
When is the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix?
The start times for the Austrian Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday June 28, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Friday June 28, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday June 29, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday June 29, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday June 30, 1510 local time (1410 BST)
Where does the Austrian Grand Prix take place?
The name Red Bull Ring may be relatively new to the Formula 1 calendar but the A1-Ring is not, arguably one of the most iconic tracks in the sport’s history.
Today’s circuit is not what it used to be, though. Set upon by track designer Hermann Tilke in the 1990s, some would argue that the Austrian venue was neutered, losing many of the characteristics that gave it that iconic status.
The end result was a track comprising just nine corners, seven to the right and two to the left, and dominated by its three straights making it a power-hungry venue. Simply put it is a low-downforce, engine-dependent track.
Red Bull took ownership in the early 2000s and made numerous changes to the scenery, most notably the pit buildings and grandstands. With the venue revived and modernised, Formula 1 returned in 2014.
Sunday’s race will be run over 71 laps of the 4.326km circuit.
Directions: How can I get to the Austrian Grand Prix?
Located in the breathtaking region of Spielberg, the Red Bull Ring is easily accessible by car, less than a 15-minute drive from the city of Spielberg, which is in the Bezirk Murtal in Styria. The closest train station to the Red Bull Ring is Knittelfeld, and there are shuttle buses from there to the circuit during race weekend.
Where can I watch the Austrian Grand Prix on TV?
Austrian Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Highlights will be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The Austrian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports and Foxtel 4k (no ad breaks)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the Austrian Grand Prix?
Friday June 28: 30C, sunny.
Saturday June 29: 28C, sunny.
Sunday June 30: 33C, sunny.
Which drivers have won the Austrian Grand Prix?
French master Alain Prost is the only driver to have won the Austrian Grand Prix on three occasions – triumphing in 1983, 1985 and 1986. A host of drivers have been successful on two occasions – including recent world champion Nico Rosberg.
McLaren are the most successful constructor in Austria with six victories, while Ferrari come next with five successes.
Since the race returned to the F1 calendar in 2014, the winners are as follows:
2018: Max Verstappen (Belgium, Red Bull)
2017: Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2015: Nico Rosberg (Finland, Mercedes)
2014: Nico Rosberg (Finland, Mercedes)
Track Lap Record: 1:08.337 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari, 2003)
Austrian Grand Prix grid positions
Charles Leclerc breathed some excitement back into the 2019 season when he scorched to pole position at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday. But his team-mate Sebastian Vettel endured more misery, qualifying only 10th. Lewis Hamilton meanwhile will start only fifth after receiving a grid penalty. Full grid positions for the Austrian Grand Prix are as follows:
1. Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari)
2. Max Verstappen (Belgium, Red Bull)
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
4. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)*
5. Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren)
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo)
7. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo)
8. Pierre Gasly (France, Red Bull)
9. Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
10. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas)*
11. Romain Grosjean (France, Haas)
12. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Renault)
13. Sergio Perez (Mexico, Racing Point)
14. Lance Stroll (Canada, Racing Point)
15. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany, Renault)*
16. Daniil Kvyat (Russia, Toro Rosso)
17 Robert Kubica (Poland, Williams)
18. Alexander Albon (Thailand, Toro Rosso)*
19. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain, McLaren)*
Pit-lane start: George Russell (Great Britain, Williams)*
* Denotes grid penalty
What are the odds for the Austrian Grand Prix?
Charles Leclerc is now favourite for victory at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday after taking pole. Leading odds for the Austrian Grand Prix from Bet365 are as follows:
8/13 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
100/30 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
11/2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
11/2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
20/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
(Prices correct at 2000 BST on Saturday June 29)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the Austrian Grand Prix are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 187 points
Valtteri Bottas – 151 points
Sebastian Vettel – 111 points
Max Verstappen – 100 points
Charles Leclerc – 87 points
Mercedes – 338 points
Ferrari – 198 points
Red Bull – 137 points
Tyre compounds for the Austrian Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring the white hard C2 tyre to the Austrian Grand Prix along with the yellow medium C3 and the red soft C4. Their compound set ranges from C1 (the hardest) to C5 (the softest).
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) June 18, 2019
What is F1’s rule on bonus points?
F1 made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructors’ standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.