Friday, July 2, 2021 12:02 PM (GMT+7)
(Sports news, F1 racing news) After 4 races did not bring victory, Mercerdes is trying to return to the game. At the “second chance” that took place at the Red Bull Ring itself 1 week later, what was the answer “Silver Arrow” given? In the final race of this European triple-header, who will make good use of this opportunity to correct?
F1 has been gradually adapting during the Covid-19 pandemic. There have been a total of 25 races held in the past 52 weeks. Audiences all over the world have enjoyed thrilling races, dramatic moments that mostly take place without the presence of fans.
At the Austrian GP this weekend will be the first time since the beginning of the pandemic a race will take place – on the original race day when the schedule has been announced – and the Red Bull Ring will be open to fans of the sport. this speed sport.
Orange will continue to appear in the stands at the sterreichring
It is estimated that more than 100,000 people will participate in the 3-day weekend, and about 60,000 people will participate in the official race on Sunday. This is one step closer to the new normal during this pandemic.
Once again, orange will continue to dye the audience area with a large number of fans from the Netherlands. And they expect a perfect performance from Max Verstappen like last week.
Some riders choose to go home to rest and prepare for the next race like Valtteri Bottas, others choose to immerse themselves in the Styrian countryside.
After an overwhelming victory at the Styrian GP recently, Max Verstappen raised the gap with Lewis Hamilton to 18 points. All predictions are that the Dutch driver will continue to win the 9th round in this 23-race season.
But it’s too early to conclude anything. For the first time, Pirelli brings the softest C5 tire to the Red Bull Ring. The racing teams all avoided using C4 (Soft) tires in the previous race but with the Austrian GP’s C3, C4 and C5 combination, Medium (C4) tires will be required if the 2 stop strategy is applied.
Tires – a headache in recent races
In the 6th run, the racing teams will be able to use 2 sets of new prototype tires. The incident in Azerbaijan has Pirelli redesigned so that the tire can face heavy loads. Two sets of tires can be optionally used in FP1 or FP2 (in case of no rain). If feedback is positive, this new design will be applied from the next race at Silverstone.
Weather is an unpredictable factor. Temperatures are forecast to be cooler than last week. A rain may appear suddenly as foretold by the dark cloud appearing in the final rounds of Styrian GP.
Although Mercerdes did not win the Styrian GP, they are gradually returning to the game after spending the remaining 2 positions on the podium to reduce the score gap.
Hamilton still believes in his own abilities and that of his team. Bottas needs to find a turning point after his performance, because of his ambition to win the championship, and to determine the future when his contract expires at the end of this year.
Unusual weather can change the course of the race
Empty in France, but Ferrari had a great performance in Austria. The two “steals” finished in 6th and 7th place in the main race, just behind Norris. While Norris is still in solid form, Ricciardo is not so lucky.
Australian riders are always between the points and no points. If the scenario is repeated, Ferrari will soon catch up and pass Mclaren on the rankings.
Another team that stood out in the last race was Williams. They witnessed the scoring opportunity right in front of them and then slipped out of their hands. An engine failure resulted in a slow pit stop, and then Russell had to stop the race. Unlucky Lafiti was involved in the early race collision, which resulted in both points being out of reach.
Chance to score points for Williams
However, back at the Red Bull Ring itself, Williams is proving to be a fast car. Not only that, the control and management of tires is still the strength of this racing team. In a race with the possibility of a 2-stop strategy, this is a remake opportunity for Williams.
The top battle between AlphaTauri, Aston Martin and Alpine, although not as noticeable as other matches, still brings different emotions to the audience. AlphaTauri is currently outperforming super rookie Tsunoda and a Gasly who always brings surprises.
However, Vettel at Aston Martin has regained form, continuously bringing in points, and along with Stroll’s element of surprise is following closely with only 2 points separate from AlphaTauri.
Out there is Alpine with just 37 points. Alonso and Ocon have not really created mutations, the gap will be hard to be bridged with AlphaTauri and Aston Martin. Even so, Alonso remains optimistic about his team, consistently appearing in the top 10 since Italy.
Alfa Romeo is constantly outside the top 10, the point is right in front of the eyes, but untouchable. With 2 points scored, at least they were ahead of Williams and Haas. And this will be a source of motivation that can help young riders from all 3 teams try and develop together.
The triple-header’s final race in Austria, a second chance for all, promises a fiery battle. Watch Formula 1 BWT Grosser Preis Von Österreich 2021 kicking off at 4:30 p.m. on July 2 for the first qualifying session.
(F1 racing news) Neither Lewis Hamilton nor Mercedes have an answer to the dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull in the afternoon.