Warning, this weekend there is an extra high chance of déjà vu. For the second consecutive weekend, the drivers will get into their F1 cars to compete at the Red Bull Ring. Now Verstappen will have no problems with an exact repeat of last week. However, it will not be exactly the same as the boring GP of Styria. The biggest change for next weekend will be the tires.
To spice up the race, Pirelli is bringing a step of softer compound tires for the Austrian GP. So what was the medium tire last week will now be the hard tire and the soft tires will be the mediums. Last week’s hard tire expires and the soft tire is a bit softer than the previous race. Do you still get it? Is not necessary. Most importantly, the cars will go faster and the tires will wear hard. Where we saw a one-stop strategy last time, the cars will probably have to visit the pitlane twice this weekend.
A lot of rain is also forecast for Sunday
We’ve seen that before and we won’t let the weather gods fool us again. Still, a wet race seems to be the only way we can see a surprising result for next weekend. Verstappen won the race so dominantly that a softer compound shouldn’t make a difference.
If Hamilton still wants to pose a threat to the Dutchman, Mercedes will suddenly have to conjure up a lot of pace. Earlier, Mercedes said it would no longer make updates to their 2021 car. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner dared to doubt this and suspects bluff poker. We’ll see on Sunday.
Dates and times of the Austrian GP 2021
Friday 2 July 2021
1st free practice: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2nd free practice: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday 3 July 2021
3rd free practice: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Qualification: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Race: 3:00 PM