2022 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix

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Formula 1 is on track this weekend for the Austrian Grand Prix, just one week after an exciting British Grand Prix.

Last weekend's British Grand Prix was, by most accounts, the best race of the season so far, and among the most exciting in the past few years.

A dramatic start which resulted in a terrifying crash set the stage for a thrilling race which saw several lead changes and gave Ferrari's Carlos Sainz his first F1 victory. Throughout the race there were many exciting overtakes, Max Verstappen uncharacteristically struggling thanks to a damaged car, and Mick Schumacher battling hard to secure his first ever points in Formula 1.

And while F1 fans are still trying to catch their breath after that exciting race, the teams and drivers are already set to do battle once again, this time in Austria.

The Red Bull Ring will be the site of the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, which will feature the Sprint format to determine the grid order for the race.

Ferrari and Red Bull will once again be doing battle at the front of the pack, in all likelihood. Sainz took the top podium step at Silverstone, with his teammate Charles Leclerc in fourth. Sergio Perez for Red Bull battled back after early damage put him back to last place, finishing second place. Verstappen's car also took damage, and the current championship leader was only able to manage seventh place in the end.

The top two spots of the drivers' standings are now both occupied by Red Bull drivers, with Verstappen sitting 34 points in front of Perez. 11 points separate the Ferrari drivers in third and fourth place of the standings, with George Russell of Mercedes completing the top five, despite his DNF in Great Britain.

In the constructors' championship, Red Bull holds an impressive 63-point lead over Ferrari, with Ferrari then holding a 61-point advantage over Mercedes.

Friday and Sunday sessions in Spielberg are looking wet, so there could be some interesting shake-ups in the running order throughout the weekend.

Do you think this race could bring the same level of drama we saw last weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo credits: Williams
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I'm so impressed I see Ferrari team is so quick to react, they inforced masks policy in case a Covid19 becomes a global pandemic.
 
Russel still needs to mature. I know I do too much arm chair commenting while the others are doing the hard work, but I have never walked on a racing tracks without a marshal permission. I also run like hell I know a race track is a crazy place to be at even in yellow/ red flag conditions. I also worked as a marshal and I have always been ridicioulously serious about it.

Come on a Russel, learn some track etiquette from me! laughters.

(PS, I am not saying anything bad about Hamilton's driving or car, I am very happy his accident wasn't severe, and I do condemn the wind or the loss of control or any other discomfort, I was just talking about Russel crossing the race track without permission).
 
As promised, I know muzikant and I will agree on this: Max will win this weekend and qualifying (Predicted it from earlier but was at work until now)
 
The opposition will enjoy that one, but that was a strange crash by the Mercedes. I don't know what to make of that.
Ferrari right in it though, so might be a good race.
 
Looks like the way the Mercs were setup makes them pretty sensitive to rear wind. Both LH and GR had a 18-20 Km/h rear wind on the respective straights before the corners where they lost the rear.

Lando's situation was weird with all of the lock-ups, and then when he hit the brakes without locking up he wasn't getting anywhere the needed braking force.

Stunning performances by Max, Charles and Carlos with less than 1/10 between them.

It's shaping up like it's going to be a great sprint race tomorrow.
 
Goed Laatste sector Max
Mercedes crasht twee keer... pres
For my part they remove booing fans idiots with force from race tracks in the future. Shameful behaviour again which is slowly ruining this beautiful sport. Bah.
I'm against the boo sound but if it happened at silverstone the FIA did nothing it was not a problem. Did not expect anything else

in other words.. the Fia should have intervened here at silverstone
 
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Are you new to the sport or something? Cheering when a rival crashes out or has a problem has been going on for decades. You can hear over Murray Walker even the cheers of the tiffosi when Senna retired at Monza 88...

Now i am not saying it's right or wrong, but it's hardly anything new.
 
Are you new to the sport or something? Cheering when a rival crashes out or has a problem has been going on for decades. You can hear over Murray Walker even the cheers of the tiffosi when Senna retired at Monza 88...

Now i am not saying it's right or wrong, but it's hardly anything new.
what you say is true but in a stage press interview it bothers me too.
 
For my part they remove booing fans idiots with force from race tracks in the future. Shameful behaviour again which is slowly ruining this beautiful sport. Bah.
Booing and cheering have been part of sport since day one. It's all part of human nature.

Unfortunately I see an absolute nightmare coming where we'll all be forced to watch all sporting events without displaying so much as a sliver of an emotion for fear of offending somebody else.

I'm not going to part of this. If I want to boo, then I'll boo, If I want to cheer then I'll cheer and no other idiot is going to tell me otherwise. End of.
 
I'm with Bram on this, I think the needle between Max/Lewis + RB/Merc is getting out of hand. I'm the first one to say it's all sporting banter, but It shouldn't be the norm. Mind you it's all abit "pantomime" esque at the mo so allright I suppose. Just hope it stays at that level.
 
I'm with Bram on this, I think the needle between Max/Lewis + RB/Merc is getting out of hand. I'm the first one to say it's all sporting banter, but It shouldn't be the norm. Mind you it's all abit "pantomime" esque at the mo so allright I suppose. Just hope it stays at that level.
mercedes isn't even competing with RB at the moment so should it be frustration? since LH can't stop talking about last year either... that gives people to boo with. It will pass again someday... :roflmao: ;)
 
mercedes isn't even competing with RB at the moment so should it be frustration? since LH can't stop talking about last year either... that gives people to boo with. It will pass again someday... :roflmao: ;)
Hopefully we'll see Lewis and Max in 20-30 years time Like Schwantz and Rainey (although no-one in Rainey's condition!). But I expect the fanbois on either side to be keeping it going (like Senna/Prost!!) ;)
 
“I think we just need to speak more to the fans that cheering when a car is in the wall or booing for a driver that gives an interview, it’s not what we would do with our competitors and enemies even though you can think we would have some animosity out there,” Wolff said.

“No one should actually do it. We need to collectively with F1, with you guys [the media] educate people.”


Really mister Toto? I don't remember you being so shocked about this last year, were you?...

So now F1 needs to educate the fans...
 

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