After settling for seventh place last week at Silverstone, Max Verstappen will be happy to return to the Red Bull Ring, a circuit where he has won four times in his last six starts.< /strong>
In 2021, two events were presented there and the Dutch driver, reigning Formula 1 world champion, was dominant by signing the lead position and the victory on each occasion .
Due to the pandemic, the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix had been held at the same venue, one week apart, in 2021.
Owned by Red Bull, this short but fast track should be favorable to Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Pérez, brilliant second last week in Great Britain.
The track, very hilly with significant altitude changes, has only ten turns – some of which are very tight – and three straights.
Its three DRS zones (which allow the opening of the rear wing) will be conducive to overtaking.
A second sprint race
This weekend of the Austrian Grand Prix will also be the scene of the second sprint race of the season. The first (won by this same Verstappen) took place last April in Imola, Italy.
Thus, tomorrow's traditional qualifying session, aimed at determining the starting grid for the main event the next day, is replaced by a 30-minute run.
In 2022, the F1 authorities improved the result of this short confrontation by awarding points (from 8 to 1) to the first eight drivers to cross the finish line while only the first three collected points (3-2 -1) last year.
Be careful, says Vettel
The introduction of new single-seaters this year will encourage the 20 entrants to modify their driving .
At least that's the opinion of Sebastian Vettel, ranked ninth last week in England.
“As the circuit is very short, said the Lance Stroll's teammate at Aston Martin, we are prone to getting on the curbs all the time. But with these ground effect cars, you will have to be careful to limit damage. »
Stroll says he likes the place, where he finished in seventh place in 2020.  ;
“ You are always at the limit to maximize your lap time,” said the Quebecer.
“As it is easier to overtake an opponent that at Imola, the two races of the weekend will be a great opportunity to score points. »