Things to know about the Austrian F1 GP
Red Bull Ring
First Grand Prix1970
Circuit length4.318 km
Number of laps71
Race distance306.452 km
Lap record1:06.957 - Raikkonen (2018)
Zeltweg, Oesterreichring, A1 Ring, Red Bull Ring. Which is the odd one out?
Well, Zeltweg is actually. Zeltweg was actually a track on its own back in 1964 but because of it's proximity to the newly built Oesterreichring, some still refer to the original circuit as Zeltweg.
Today we know it is the Red bull Ring after Mr Mateschitz bought it and has turned it into a world class facility among the Styrian mountains albeit not the most exciting track the world has ever seen. The setting is fabulous thought.
On June 2, 2020, Formula 1 confirmed the Red Bull Ring would hold back to back races on 5 and 12 July to start the 2020 season. It will also hold the first four races of the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship and the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship.
The 2019 F1 race was a classic and we saw two of the young guns fighting it out for victory. Max Vertsappen had a shocking start but fought bravely back to eventually pass Charles Leclerc in a pretty robust way with only 3 laps to go. It was a terrific battle and I can only hope that the two races we have in austria this year bring us the same excitement.
The Ducthman won't have his adoring fans to cheer him on but he will have the power of Honda which was a match for any engine last season. This should be a great double header.