Austrian Grand Prix 2015 Preview

Formula One returns to Europe after a short trip to Canada for the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix. Preview the race here:

Austria, the home of Red Bull but a track where power proves dominant. A shame for Red Bull whose Renault power units should hold them back from the front where Mercedes and Ferrari prove they have the advantage like they did last time out at the Canadian Grand Prix. 

But the way the track lends its hand to the powerful power units will bring Williams and potentially the Lotus & Force India’s into play. Going back to last year, this race gave Williams the chance to get in front early on and take pole position away from the dominant Mercedes team of 2014.

But like Williams found out, claiming pole will not guarantee the win. To win at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg you need a car that provides strong traction and stability under braking as the best places for an overtake are the heavy braking zones at turn one and two.

Austrian GP - Red Bull Ring circuit diagram - copyright:

The rest of the lap unfolds with a tight and twisty middle sector where tyres play a key part in creating the overall lap. This is due to the corners putting the focus on mechanical grip through the tyres which creates higher tyre wear which can play into Ferrari’s hand on Sunday as Mercedes are typically harder on their tyres. Not forgetting how this helped Vettel claim his first win for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier in the year.

One man other than Hamilton who will be heading to Austria on a high following a win will be Nico Hulkenberg down in the Force India garage. The German secured debut success during the F1 break and hit Le Mans with Porsche, where he won the historic 24 hour endurance race alongside Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy.

As for the Canadian Grand Prix winner, Hamilton heads to Austria having regained some of the lost points following the Monaco error. But Rosberg will be looking to snatch them straight back at the 4.326 km Red Bull Ring on Sunday.

For this weekend race the live TV coverage is provided exclusively live in the UK by Sky Sports F1. Sky will also be brining UK customers coverage of the GP2 and GP3 championships while the BBC will be providing their usual F1 radio coverage while highlight packages will be broadcasted on BBC One after certain sessions conclude.

Thursday June 18 (Sky Sports F1)
14:00 – Drivers’ Press Conference – Live
20:45 – Paddock Uncut
21:00 – Classic F1 – Mexico 1991

Friday June 19 (Sky Sports F1)
08:45 – Austrian GP Practice One – Live
11:00 – GP2 Practice – Live
12:45 – Austrian GP Practice Two – Live
14:50 – GP2 Qualifying – Live
16:00 – Team Principals’ Press Conference
17:00 – The F1 Show – Live

Friday June 19 (BBC)
08:55 – Austrian GP Practice One (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
12:55 – Practice 2 (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
18:45 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)
21:00 – Preview (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)

Saturday June 20 (Sky Sports F1)
08:45 – GP3 Qualifying – Live
09:45 – Austrian GP Practice Three – Live
12:00 – Austrian GP Qualifying – Live
14:35 – GP2 Feature Race – Live
16:15 – GP3 Race One – Live
20:35 – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Saturday June 20 (BBC)
12:55 – Austrian GP Qualifying (BBC Radio 5 Live)
17:30 – Qualifying Highlights (BBC One)
18:45 – Inside F1 (BBC News Channel)

Sunday June 21 (Sky Sports F1)
08:20 – GP3 Race Two – Live
09:30 – GP2 Sprint Race – Live
11:30 – The 2015 Austrian GP – Track Parade – Live
12pm – The 2015 Austrian GP – Pit lane – Live
12:30 – The 2015 Austrian GP – Race – Live
15:30 – The 2015 Austrian GP – Paddock Live
19:30 – Austrian GP highlights
22:00 – Ted’s Race Notebook

Sunday June 21 (BBC)
21/06 – 12:55 to 15:00 – Race (BBC Radio 5 Live)
21/06 – 17:05 to 18:30 – Race Highlights (BBC One)