F1: Styrian Grand Prix 2021 Preview

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We are back for not one but two races in Austria as the Styrian hills become alive with the sound of Formula One cars. With Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen still locked in a titanic title battle, the Styrian Grand Prix promises to be a lively one.

 

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Check the weather forecast

Given the location of the track in the Styrian mountains, rain often plays a part at the Red Bull Ring. At the time of writing, all three days appear to be wet, with Friday seeing the worst of conditions.

The prospect to see two of the great wet weather drivers go head to head in a mouthwatering one. Rain hasn’t played much part this year, with Max having the upper hand at the drying Imola race.

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Omens appear good this weekend for Lewis should it rain, despite Red Bull having the faster car. The higher downforce set-up will favour the Brackley squad. The majority of the field have pedigree here in the wet with Hamilton claiming pole in abysmal conditions here last season

Happy Birthday Alfa Romeo

One-off liveries are becoming far more commonplace in F1 with Alfa Romeo becoming the latest squad to do so.

The Alfa name returned to F1 in 2018 after a prolonged absence and has languished towards the rear of the field ever since. This weekend the revised livery commemorates the brands 111th birthday, with a special 111 graphic appearing on the engine cover.

A few other festivities will be taking place in Italy with the team hoping to pick up some points and distance themselves from the bottom two.

 

Valtteri Bottas 4.0?

Valtteri Bottas Formula 1 Sakhir GP Qualifying
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Valtteri Bottas has really struggled this year, and with rumours gathering pace about his replacement, the Finn needs a good weekend. The doubleheader in Austria could provide him with the chance to hit back.

Bottas has always gone well here and secured a win from pole here in 2017. Despite the Mercedes not suiting the track over the next two years, Bottas always had the edge over Hamilton.

Another strong showing in the first of two races here last year proved that alongside Russia, this track is one of his strongest. A win here might not save his seat, but it can’t hurt for prides sake at least.

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