2023 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix

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Who are you supporting in Austria this weekend?

  • Max Verstappen

    Votes: 65 43.9%
  • Sergio Perez

    Votes: 7 4.7%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    Votes: 13 8.8%
  • George Russell

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Carlos Sainz

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Charles Leclerc

    Votes: 18 12.2%
  • Fernando Alonso

    Votes: 16 10.8%
  • Lance Stroll

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Pierre Gasly

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Esteban Ocon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lando Norris

    Votes: 9 6.1%
  • Oscar Piastri

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Nico Hulkenberg

    Votes: 3 2.0%
  • Nyck De Vries

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Yuki Tsunoda

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Valtteri Bottas

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Guanyu Zhou

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Alexander Albon

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Logan Sargeant

    Votes: 4 2.7%

  • Total voters
A brief trip to the Americas is followed by the true European portion of the Formula One season. This weekend sees the F1 paddock form at the Red Bull Ring in the Styrian mountains for the Austria Grand Prix. Here are some stories to look out for.
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Two weeks ago, Formula One drivers were preparing for the Canadian Grand Prix and European fans were feeling the excitement for a late-evening race week. This weekend, things are more run of the mill for fans of the sport on the old continent as the Austrian Grand Prix couldn't be more Central European if it tried.

In fact, Round 9 of the 2023 season sees the historical Red Bull Ring host its ninth Austrian Grand Prix. And yes, it has hosted more F1 races than that since its rebranding, but those were Styrian GP races. With the grid readying its second Sprint weekend of the season, here are the big stories to look out for.

Lack of practice​

The Austrian Grand Prix will host 2023's second Sprint weekend. In fact, the Azerbaijan GP at Baku saw the grid go out for two qualifying sessions and two races. That format remains for this second event and should produce lots of action on the straight line-dominated Red Bull Ring. However, the returning format does have an impact on the teams' preparedness. In fact, just one practice session before Park Fermé rules come into force mean little tinkering is allowed throughout the weekend.


Having just watched the sole practice session of the weekend, it's obvious that the teams are desperate for data. As the session was getting under way, cars lined the pit lane anxious to get out on-track.

Much like a race weekend during which practice sessions are rained off, this format means strategy, energy usage and information on the optimal tyres simply isn't ready. This could have an impact on the running order, especially in the midfield. With car performance so close between half and dozen outfits, one can easily see their points-running car dawdling at the tail of the pack.

More wet running?​

So far this year, the racing gods have delivered more wet weather than one can remember in living history. From the cancelled Imola GP to an evolving Monte Carlo, wet Canadian quali and damp support series races seemingly every weekend. Not to mention the Le Mans carnage of a few weeks ago.

Located amongst mountains, the weather forecast for the Spielberg area is often unpredictable. In fact, Alpine peaks and ridges can often cause micro weather climates and storm cells meaning rain can appear at any instant. That is certainly true according to the predictions available at this time.

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Throughout the weekend, high humidity and cloud cover dominate the forecast meaning rain will certainly be in the air. Whether or not water comes down on the track depends solely on where a certain cloud sits compared to a nearby mountain top.

One thing is certain however. If the rain does come down, teams will have to react in an instant. We can expect to see more surprise results akin to Hulkenberg's amazing qualifying pace in Canada.

Williams in the points again?​

Last time out, Alexander Albon managed a tremendous result of seventh place taking home 6 points for the Williams team. This points-paying position was no doubt thanks to the Williams car's aerodynamic efficiency and straight line speed which suits circuits dominated by straights.

Whilst Austria does feature a high-downforce second sector, the rest of the track is essentially four point and shoot turns breaking up a selection of long straights. Could this minimalistic layout be another to suit the Williams? If this too is a match made in heaven for the British team, one can expect Albon to make the most of the opportunity. In fact, he has seriously impressed over the last 18 months since joining the team.
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How to watch the Austrian GP​

As aforementioned, the 2023 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix is a Sprint race weekend. As a result, an additional qualifying and session sit on the Saturday replacing a pair of practice sessions. Therefore, if you want to keep up to date with all the action, make sure to tune in more frequently than you would on a normal weekend. Here are all the session times you must look out for.


Free Practice: 13:30 CET
Qualifying: 17:00 CET


Sprint Shootout: 12:00 CET
Sprint Race: 16:30 CET


Grand Prix: 15:00 CET

Who do you think will win the 2023 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix?
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Just a banker lap is what Perez needed…. Daniel Ricciardo back in Red Bull at SiIverstone I guess.
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It will be a completely unpredictable race... Ferrari has increased its performance somewhat, Aston Martin will show all its potential on straight lines, Mercedes is not far behind... Perez will have to be forceful this time... even in the mid-table everything is very fought. as I said the race is very unpredictable

anyway, Max will be the winner.
Perez seems to have believed again too much his own hype, it happened to him the first time in McLaren and was a big part of why they send him off, and now it has happened twice again in RedBull.

The guy clearly is overdriving in a desperate attempt to get a strong weekend so he can silence his critics and so he can change the narrative, but all what he is doing is carving his own hole deeper every time he fails under the pressure that he is putting over himself. I would make him good to keep a lower profile, to not talk big to the press, and to avoid being surrounded of the mexican press, yes man and irrational fans.

He needs to seclude himself of all those sources of inflated expectations, from all the noise of his fans and the media, he is clearly struggling to live up to his own hype.

A lot of the mexican part of his fans believe blindly that because he was on the pace for a few races and won 2 races earlier in the year, that means that he is every bit as good as Max. And when he performs at his usual level they believe that this is because the team is sabotaging him to not make Max look bad.

Perez shouldn't let this kind of toxic people influence him, they are forcing him to justify his hype while he is probably struggling with some amount of impostor syndrome and subconsciously he is overdriving to attempt to not be found out.

F1 and motogp is all about narratives, motorsports are cyclic. This cycle has been devastating for him, is just a matter of time that me has a strong weekend in where maybe he slightly overperform Max again and then the narrative changes. But the key point is what his mentality is going to be at that point.

Is he going to let himself to be again a victim of his vanity weakness and let this future renewed hype to set him up to fail again?, or is he going to learn from it and use this chance to grow?.
I've said this before and I'll say it again. f1 is a sport for rich boys where nobody gets hurt. if the nail gets cut, there's a big cry about it. f1 has to go back in time when the drivers had to seriously drive and keep their cars on the road within the limits. the tracks are also made so that every dude can drive them. At least I have no respect for today's f1 drivers. motogp and rally drivers are in a class of their own.
Lando & Hulk, great SQ

Perez almost another disaster, but saved it (still half a second off in 2nd, jeez)
Just a banker lap is what Perez needed…. Daniel Ricciardo back in Red Bull at SiIverstone I guess.
what's wrong with Perez? I dont get it, do they need to win alternately in order to stay ahead? I thought the second driver is o give support when it can not to fight each other, then the ego sometimes take off but that is the main reason of 2 drivers per team, otherwise lets make 10 cars race and see how it goes... Max is a very experienced and focused driver, also younger, more "nuke" like type of driver, sometimes he still drives like a 14yrs old guy risking everything, I like him, I am a fan of him but mature drivers drive in mature ways (safely). Then there are times when all goes well or bad, this is F1 ...what you guys have to say about Williams then?
So, what I saw:
Off the line, Verstappen tries to push Perez into the wall, Perez resists and pushes him back onto the outside of T1, Verstappen tries to come back and Perez does the same as Verstappen did off the line and Verstappen takes to the grass rather than biding his time, and then Verstappen drives straight on into T3 (4?) AND the following turn, forcing Perez completely off track twice, and more importantly, dropping a hand grenade into the chasing pack, causing people like Norris to have to take avoiding action and spoiling his race.
The racing once all that nonsense had settled down was pretty good, but for half of lap 1, that looked pretty shabby. If that had been cars in rival teams, I wouldn't have been surprised to see protests and penalties, Lap 1 or not.

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