Just days after a thriller at Silverstone, F1 heads to the heart of the Styrian mountains and the Red Bull Ring for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know about the 11th round of 22 in the 2022 Formula 1 world championship:
Austrian Grand Prix results
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari —
Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT +1.532
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +41.217
George Russell, Mercedes +58.972
Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault +68.436
Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari +1 Lap
Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari +1 Lap
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes +1 Lap
Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault +1 Lap
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari +1 Lap
Alex Albon, Williams-Mercedes +1 Lap
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes +1 Lap
Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari +1 Lap
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT +1 Lap
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes +1 Lap
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT +1 Lap
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari DNF
Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes DNF
Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT DNF
Austrian Grand Prix sprint results
Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT —
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +1.675
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +5.644
George Russell, Mercedes +13.429
Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT +18.302
Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault +31.032
Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari +34.539
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes +35.447
Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari +37.163
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari +37.557
Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes +38.580
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes +39.738
Alex Albon, Williams-Mercedes +48.241
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes +50.753
Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari +52.125
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT +52.412
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT +54.556
Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes +68.694
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes DNF
Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault DNF
Austrian Grand Prix weekend schedule
Fans in the United States can watch practices, qualifying and the race on television via the ABC/ESPN family of networks or stream it via ESPN or F1TV Pro.
Free Practice 1: Friday, July 8, 7:25-8:30 a.m. ET (ESPNU)
Qualifying: Friday, July 8, 10:55 a.m.-Noon ET (ESPNU)
Free Practice 2: Saturday, July 9, 6:25-7:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Sprint: Saturday, July 9, 10:25-11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Pre-show: Sunday, July 10, 7:30-8:55 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Austrian Grand Prix: Sunday, July 3, 8:55-11 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Top drivers and best bets for the Austrian Grand Prix
It’s Max Verstappen and then everyone else. The reigning world champion and current points leader has won each of the last two years in Austria and drives for Red Bull, which unsurprisingly own the Red Bull Ring. Over at BetMGM, Verstappen is +125 to post the fastest time in qualifying — more on that format later — and -125 to win the race. Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc has the same line as Verstappen for qualifying but, as has become the case, his race handicap is worse (+250).
Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg is eyeing a prop bet that Verstappen and LeClerc won’t finish 1-2, owing to the fact that their teammates — Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr., respectively — have been on fine form recently. Sainz Jr. won last week at Silverstone ahead of Perez. Bromberg is also high on AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly to bag a top 10.
What is the 'Sprint' race?
The Sprint is a concept introduced last season whereby certain weekends will feature the traditional three-stage knockout qualifying session on Friday afternoon which in turn sets the grid for a half-distance race on Saturday afternoon, when qualifying typically takes place. The finishing order of that sprint race sets the grid for Sunday’s full-length (300 kilometers or two racing hours) grand prix. The eight three finishers in the Sprint earn championship points in descending order from eight to one.
Last year the Sprint took place at the British, Italian and Brazilian grands prix. This season it is being contested three times, having already taken place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and its third and final 2022 iteration will again be at Interlagos in Sao Paolo.
Which circuit hosts the Austrian Grand Prix?
The Red Bull Ring, just outside of Spielberg, is simultaneously one of the shortest (2.68 miles) yet fastest (79% of the lap taken flat-out) tracks on the F1 calendar. Traveling on the natural undulations of a valley in the Styrian range, it features three long straightaways (all featuring Drag Reduction System) broken up by two sharp 90-degree corners. The latter part of the lap is fast and sweeping, through a chemistry beaker-shaped corner, two more tight right-handers and back onto the main straight.
What is the forecast for the weekend and what can we expect?
Mild with a chance of rain on each day. Sprint race weekends have provided somewhat mixed Sunday grids which makes for compelling racing with quicker cars having to come up through slower traffic in the field. If qualifying, the sprint and/or the race sessions see rain, we could be in for some very spicy racing. The shortness of the Red Bull Ring means lapped traffic is always a factor, which again can throw a wrench in the works.