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Austrian GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

07 - 09 July
Round 9 of 20
04 Jul 2017
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

The Red Bull Ring located in the small town of Spielberg, Austria hosted its first Grand Prix under its new guise in 2014, and what a race it turned out to be for Williams. The short, 4.326km circuit with its undulating features and impressive scenery was a popular return to the Formula One calendar.  In 2014 Williams scored its only front-row lockout of the season in qualifying in Austria and Valtteri Bottas went on to claim his first ever Formula One podium. Williams has totalled three wins at the Austrian Grand Prix throughout its various track layouts.

MILESHOURS TO TRAVEL

TOTAL MILESHOURS TRAVELLED THIS SEASON

TYRE ALLOCATION

  1. ULTRASOFT
  2. SUPERSOFT
  3. SOFT
  4. MEDIUM
  5. HARD
  6. INTERMEDIATE
  7. WET

For Austria, Pirelli has made available the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft tyres. 

DRIVER TYRE SELECTION

Circuit

Direction
Clockwise
Lap Distance
4.326km
Longest Straight
868m
Top Speed
327kph
Average Speed
224kph
Altitude
698m above sea level
Lap Record
1.08.337
 
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2003

Race

Number of Laps
71
Race Distance
307.146km
Typical Strategy
1 or 2 stop Race
Pitlane Length
301m
Williams Wins
3

Weather

Air Temperature
24°C
Air Pressure
932mbar
Humidity
50%

FW40

Downforce Level
Low to Medium
Cooling Requirement
Medium
Fuel Consumption
1.42kg/lap
Full Throttle
63% of lap
Paddy Lowe

We head to the Austrian GP this weekend in the picturesque Styrian mountains. The track itself is dramatic with a lot of elevation and some interesting corners which tend to produce some great racing. It is very short which makes racing quite dynamic, as the cars come round pretty quickly for a fresh lap. That keeps us on our toes on the pitwall! We got a front-row lockout in 2014, so we hope the car should be quick once again so we can see how far towards the front we can get in Qualifying. After Lance’s podium and Felipe’s strong but ultimately frustrated race in Azerbaijan, we have in our sights a double points finish this weekend. We will do our very best to achieve that.

Felipe Massa

Austria is a really fun track to drive. There are some nice high-speed corners and a couple of really good straights. We are normally quite competitive there. In the past I’ve had some good races where I’ve finished on the podium, and I had my pole position in 2014, so I also really enjoy spending time in Austria. The fans are always enthusiastic about Formula One. So I hope that we can have a good weekend and that I can bounce back from the disappointment in Baku. 

Lance Stroll

Austria will be a completely new experience for me, as this is the first track of the year where I have already raced. I just love that track. It is so cool and a place I have enjoyed racing. There are not that many corners but it has a great flow and it is easy to get a good rhythm. It is always great going back to a track where you have been successful, and that is definitely the case here as last year in Formula 3 I had two wins and a second! The area is very beautiful and it reminds me of back home in Canada – one of those northern tracks with pine trees.

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