The pre-race preview for the Austrian Grand Prix, ninth round of the 2021 season that will take place this afternoon on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg: the possible strategies thanks to the data provided by Pirelli and all the variables that could come into play in the race that will see Max Verstappen start from pole position and his rival Lewis Hamilton from fourth position.
Starting grid (Top-10) and tires mounted at the start
|1st Row||1. Max Verstappen Medium
|2. Lando Norris Medium
|2nd Row||3. Sergio Perez Medium
|4. Lewis Hamilton Medium
|3rd Row||5. Valtteri Bottas Medium
|6. Pierre Gasly Soft
|4th Row||7. Yuki Tsunoda Soft
|8. George Russell Medium
|5th Row||9. Lances Stroll Soft
|10. Carlos Sainz
Difference between compounds and longer stints (Pirelli data)
Best strategies on 71 laps of the Austrian GP (Pirelli data)
Even with a softer compound nomination than last weekend, the fastest strategy for the 71 laps of the Austrian Grand Prix (the same distance as the Styrian GP seven days ago) should still be one stop.
Those who start in the front rows opted for Medium tires to overcome Q2 and therefore start the race, which means that the one with the average followed by the Hard is probably the strategy that these drivers will use and the same one followed by many of the others who will take the away with the same compound.
Alternatively a two-stop strategy, with two stints on Soft plus one on Medium or Hard (which could be the middle stint) or using all three compounds, is a good option. This could be an interesting alternative to the go.
In the end, strategies will be largely influenced by the track temperature and the weather which remains quite unpredictable at the Red Bull Ring after a few drops of rain over the weekend.
“The new and softer compound nomination for this race had an effect on the strategy already from Saturday – he has declared Mario Isola, Car Racing Manager of Pirelli – Several riders tried to get through Q2 with the Mediums and six of the top ten succeeded and will start tomorrow with this compound. Starting with the medium adds a bit of flexibility to the strategy, but it was not easy to get through Q2 with this compound because the Soft still provided an advantage in terms of speed that was difficult to equalize. The temperatures were extremely hot in qualifying, but it cannot be taken for granted that this will also be the case for the Grand Prix, and this adds another interesting variable to what, already in qualifying, we have seen to be a strategically complex race, with one or two planned stops “.
Set available for the race (Pirelli data)
Long run of the pilots in PL2 (petrol unknowns and power mapping – credits @ tonisokolov1011)
Forecast for the race (15:00 local time)
3 pm: mostly cloudy, 22 ° C, wind E 11 km / h, 47% probability of rain
4 pm: cloudy, 22 ° C, wind SE 11 km / h, 47% probability of rain.
Television programming in Italy
Live Sky Sport F1: 13:15 Paddock Live, 14:55 GP Austria, 16:55 Paddock Live
Delayed TV8: 16:25 Paddock Live, 17:55 GP Austria, 19:50 Paddock Live