Austrian Grand Prix 2017

Austrian Grand Prix 2017

Victory for Lewis again in Spielberg?

The ninth race of what is set to be one of the most wide open Formula One seasons in recent years takes place this weekend in Austria, with the Red Bull Ring set to host its fourth Grand Prix since returning in 2014. Below, we look at how we think this race will go.

Lonely Lewis

Lewis Hamilton will have a welcomed advantage against his opponents this weekend as he races in his fourth Austrian Grand Prix. Since the Red Bull Ring’s return in 2014 after an 11 year absence, Hamilton is the only driver on the grid to have tasted success in Austria with his first and only victory coming last year. He will be putting his skills to the test against a relatively inexperienced grid on Sunday with the likes of Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon, who will both be making their Austrian Grand Prix debut this weekend. Hamilton completed a pole position hattrick, fastest lap and of course 1st place when he last took to the track in 2016 and is the obvious favourite ahead of the race on Sunday. Meanwhile current championship leader Sebastian Vettel will need to improve on his Austrian best finish of 4th place if he wants to keep the top spot as anything less could see his lead slip if Hamilton was to retain the victory.

Mercedes in the clear?

As it stands Mercedes are 24 points clear in the Constructors Championship this season and if history is to repeat itself their lead could increase yet again this weekend. Once again since Formula One returned to Spielberg, Austria in 2014 it has been Mercedes who have been hogging all of the success with triple back-to-back victories thanks to Lewis Hamilton and reigning world champion Nico Rosberg picking up the wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016. However a bit of positive news for McLaren as we head into Grand Prix weekend is that no constructor has won more Austrian Grand Prix’s than them with a total of 6 victories, although you will have to go way back to 2003 for their last win thanks to Michael Schumacher. One thing to note is that Ferrari have the 2nd amount of Austrian Grand Prix wins which will be music to Sebastian Vettel’s ears as he hopes to improve on last year’s fourth place finish.

Plenty more problems?

Tensions will be high when we get underway in Austria this weekend and you can be sure that all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel after their incident in Baku. It appears that Hamilton and Mercedes may have ran into some more issues though. Hamilton was comfortably the quickest in practice however his session was ended prematurely when a spark plug needed changing. Fortunately he only missed 15 minutes of the action before eventually returning but not before he complained over the radio that there was still an issue. After the race simulation Hamilton said: “This car is so quick in comparison to what we raced here last year”, which is a scary thought for his fellow drivers as Hamilton set the fastest lap time on the track in 2016.

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