As in the summer of 2020, Formula 1 is heading for the Austrian hills for consecutive races in the Red bull Ring.
Max Verstappen and co will head to their home race in high spirits after Red Bull clinched three straight wins last time at Paul Ricard in spectacular fashion.
They will be looking for a third victory in four years on this circuit to really assert their dominance in the two title fights and build their lead.
They might be in enemy territory, but Mercedes will also be keen on having some fun, having won six of the eight races that have taken place on the track since returning to the calendar in 2014.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix …
When is the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix?
Practice 1: Friday June 25, 11:30 am local time (10:30 am BST)
Practice 2: Friday June 25, 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. BST)
Practice 3: Saturday June 26, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifications: Saturday June 27, 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. BST)
Race: Sunday June 28, 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. BST)
Where is the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix taking place?
– Red Bull Racing Honda (@redbullracing) May 14, 2021
The race takes place in Spielberg on the Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the Osterreichring, one of the sport’s most historic circuits.
It may be on the same site, but it’s not quite the same track it was in the 1970s and 1980s, it was completely rebuilt and renamed Ring A1 in 1996 for safety reasons .
The modern layout consists of nine turns, seven to the right and two to the left, and dominated by its three straights, making it a power-hungry place where straight-line speed is crucial.
After its withdrawal from the calendar in 2003, Red Bull bought the circuit, renaming it again and improving the infrastructure, building new pits and grandstands.
As a result of this work he returned to the world of F1 in 2014 and has stayed on schedule ever since.
Where can I watch the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix?
In the UK, pay-TV channel Sky Sports will broadcast the entire race weekend, from FP1 to race, on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live feed of the coverage via Now TV.
The free-to-air Channel 4 broadcaster will broadcast the best moments of qualifying and the race.
F1 TV Pro viewers can watch all the action live from Austria. Please check if F1 TV Pro is available in your country.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race itself from the BBC and access live data throughout each session.
PlanetF1 will broadcast live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from the Friday morning FP1 to the Sunday afternoon race.
The Styrian Grand Prix will be televised live at the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
France: Canal +
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
What are the chances of the 2021 French Grand Prix?
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Considering Red Bull have won the last three races and Verstappen has won here twice in the past three years, it is no surprise that he is the favorite.
Here are the main odds for Planet Sport Bet:
5/4 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
11/8 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
10/1 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
10/1 Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
50/1 Lando Norris (McLaren)
(Last updated Monday, June 21)
What is the weather forecast for the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix?
Friday June 25: 29C, risk of a thunderstorm
Saturday June 26: 6C, risk of rain.
Sunday June 27: 6C, risk of rain.
Directions to the Styrian Grand Prix
For those traveling by plane, the nearest airport is Flughafen Graz (GRZ), located in the city of Graz. However, this is really only an option for domestic flights.
Therefore, Vienna International Airport (VIE), located approximately 200 km from the circuit, is your best bet. From there you can rent a car or drive to the city center and take a three-hour train ride to Knittetfeld.
Knittelfeld is the nearest train station and is well connected to each of the major Austrian cities. From there, a shuttle service runs on race weekends to take fans to the track.
Given its rural location, the best way to get to the track is by driving, either in your own car or in a car you hire from the airport. It is located next to the S36 motorway. Once there, take the Zeltweg Ost / Spielberg exit onto the L503 before turning right after approx. 2 km.
Which drivers won the Styrian Grand Prix?
Only one driver has won the Styrian Grand Prix because there has never been just one. However, there have been many Austrian Grands Prix on the circuit as well, so we would say we can include them under the same umbrella.
Lewis Hamilton triumphed in 2020 for the second time after also doing so in 2016, and is one of eight drivers to have twice tasted victory on the circuit.
In recent times, Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen have all done it, joining the same club as Ronnie Peterson, Alan Jones, Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher.
Alain Prost is the only man to have won three times on the track, rising to the top step of the podium in 1983, 1985 and 1986.
Tire selection for the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix
As they did last time at Paul Ricard, Pirelli has chosen to make its three intermediate compounds available to pilots in Austria.
The C2 tire will be the hard compound, C3 the medium and C4 the soft.
– Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) June 21, 2021
What is the latest ranking of the F1 championship?
Max Verstappen – 131 points
Lewis Hamilton – 119 points
Sergio Pérez – 84 points
Lando Norris – 76 points
Valtteri Bottas – 59 points
Red Bull – 215 points
Mercedes – 178 points
Mclaren – 110 points
Ferrari – 94 points