The races for the Austrian Grand Prix and the Styrian Grand Prix will take place in front of full stands of spectators, confirmed Dorna. This will be the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, and the change is made possible by the decision of the Austrian authorities, which have lifted the limit on the number of spectators of sporting events. Anyone who has survived covid-19, been vaccinated, or tested negative for covid-19 will be able to watch the Austrian race live. The organizers expect full stands.
Max Verstappen won his second free practice before the race in Austria with a time of 1: 03.660. Just behind him, Valtteri Bottas finished. The third time was set by Sergio Perez, who otherwise led most of the first part. Lance Stroll was more than half a second behind in fourth place. The fifth time was set by Carlos Sainz in front of Lewis Hamilton. Alex Albon and Lando Norris were less than a second behind, and Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon finished in the top ten. Sebastian Vettel finished in XNUMXth place after his time was twice erased for crossing the track. They also had a lot of problems this time in the Haas team, as both racers took the last two places. The only break after fifteen minutes was provided by Daniel Ricciardo, who lost in the penultimate turn
The team from Maranello is expected to bring a larger package of updates, which were otherwise planned for the race in Hungary, this (second) racing weekend in Austria. Ferrari was one of the few teams that did not bring any updates to the first race, despite the fact that they had a lot of problems in Barcelona. Initially, they planned a larger package of aerodynamic updates to eliminate these problems for the Hungarian test, but after a difficult first weekend, they decided to bring most of them to Austria. The work in the factory was supposed to take place day and night, so that they would succeed in this feat. At the same time, they claim that the mentioned updates will not eliminate the almost second-second lag behind the best, but should reduce it. The fact that updates will be available this weekend will have more
Nico Rosberg deserves to be the second or. the last day of testing in Spielberg kept Mercedes at the top of the table. The racers had no problems with the weather this time. The German set the fastest time soon in the afternoon and was never threatened later. In addition, he managed to reach the three-digit number in the completed laps - he drove one hundred and seventeen. Valtteri Botas in Williams was the fastest in the morning, but failed to improve in the afternoon, so he finished third fastest, behind Rosberg and Esteban Gutierrez in Ferrari. The latter drove the SF15-T for the second time and still managed to get closer to Rosberg at eight tenths of a second. Marco Wittmann was fourth behind Toro Rosso in his first Formula 1 race. With that, he was the last to lag behind Rosberg
The first day of testing in Austria, marked by heavy rain, was the fastest Pascal Wehrlein with a Mercedes. Only Antonio Fuoco and Stoffel Vandoorne managed to complete the setting lap in the morning, but then the events on the track were prematurely interrupted due to standing water. The storms did not stop until the lunch break, so the teams decided to extend the test day by two hours. Some rain followed even later in the afternoon, but Wehrlein managed to set up a fast lap in the dry part with super-soft tires that no one later beat. The second fastest was Esteban Ocon with Force Indio just three thousandths ahead of Max Verstappen with Toro Ross. The latter ran out of just three laps to reach the milestone of a hundred laps. Fuoco finished his first day behind the wheel fourth, though after
A two-day off-season test will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Austrian Grand Prix at the Spielberg racetrack. We will see two racers on the track - Marc Wittmann and Antonio Fuova, who will test the Formula 1 race car for the first time. Wittmann, a DTM series racer, earned the opportunity after winning the DTM series last year with a BMW. So we’ll see him on the second day when he takes over the Toro Rossa race car from Max Verstappen, who will be driving the first day. Fuoco will be behind the wheel of Ferrari, which is the only team besides Force Indie not to compete with the regular racers of this season. Fuoco is a member of Ferrari's Young Driver Academy and will test on the first day, and will be replaced on the second day by reserve racer Esteban Gutierrez. Force India would split the two-day test among Merce
Just two weeks after the Canadian Grand Prix, where Finn Kimi Raikkonen spun in one of the turns due to engine mapping and unheated tires, he made a similar mistake a few more times in Austria. Namely, Kimi lost control when exiting the second turn, where he was taken to the left by Fernando Alonso. The Finn admits that he finds it difficult to explain the mistake: "The tires spun in the blank, then it took me left and spun me. I don't know exactly what happened and why, but the result is always the same. It usually happens in a turn, or right behind him, and that was already quite a bit out of the turn.Whatever was already twisted, it made me spin.If it was my fault, the result is the same anyway, this is another sucks weekend. expected, maybe it was my fault, or it was
Nico Rosberg celebrated in the race for the Austrian Grand Prix, which returned to the Formula One calendar after more than a decade. The second was Lewis Hamilton, who managed to break through to the forefront after poor qualifications. The Mercedes racers were joined in the double victory by the Finn Valteri Bottas with Williams.
Less than two weeks before the Formula One race, ten surrounding racers in Austria remembered that it might not be legal. Namely, it is a matter of obtaining a permit from the environmental authorities, but according to Riegler, they envisage a maximum of 25.000 spectators per day. Of course, the organizers of the race for the Austrian Grand Prix anticipate at least a few times as many. Whether the race with this is in question is not yet clear for the time being, but as long as the matter is in the process, none of those responsible want to comment on it.
Austrian energy drink maker Red Bull has angered Niki Laudo, after whom one of the turns at the scene of this year’s race for the Austrian Grand Prix was named. The racetrack, once known as the A1-Ring, has been completely refurbished, and next month, for the first time since 2003, a Formula One caravan will return. Before the racetrack was bought by Red Bull, which also owns two Formula One teams, one of the turns was called Niki Lauda Kurve (Niki Lauda Turn), in honor of the Austrian racer and three-time world champion. Now this same bend is called Pirelli. Lauda, however, isn’t the only Austrian racer left without “his” turn, as Gerhard Berger’s Bend has now been renamed Wurth Bend. “I’m very disappointed,” Lauda said. “I guess they are