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F1 2021 Styrian Grand Prix Preview and Race Prediction

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The 25th to 27th of June 2021 will see the drivers return to the grid for the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix, the first of two back-to-back race weekends in Austria.

France saw more struggles with tires and once again, a Red Bull took P1, the familiar face of Max Verstappen. Although the Dutchman left it until late taking the P1 from Lewis Hamilton with one lap remaining, his teammate Sergio Perez also took P3 from the Mercedes of Bottas, who was ignored by his team regarding needing two stops. If the team had listened, then things could have been very different on the podium.

2021 Styrian Grand Prix Track Details

The fearsome, original Osterreichring was originated in 1969 as a replacement for the Zeltweg airfield circuit. The track is known today as ” the Red Bull Ring” and was more or less created over the winter of 1995-1996 when Hermann Tilke was engaged to turn the Osterreichring into a shorter, more modern race track.

The A1-Ring, as it was then called, was opened in 1996, with Formula 1 arriving at the circuit a year later. Jacques Villeneuve won the race, while Jean Alesi had a spectacular crash when his Benetton climbed up the Ferrari of Eddie Irvine. Alesi’s teammate Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, used his home Grand Prix to announce his F1 retirement.

It’s not the biggest of tracks but “the Red Bull Ring” packs a lot into a short lap. The first half rewards power, as the cars blast along three straights separated by a pair of uphill right-handers. But then as the drivers work their way downhill, the circuit becomes a regular toboggan ride, as the cars canyon through a series of quick corners, including the exhilarating Rindt right-hander, named for Austria’s first F1 champion.

First Grand Prix – 1970

Number of Laps – 71

Circuit Length – 4.318km

Race Distance – 306.452 km

Lap Record – 1:05.619 – Carlos Sainz (2020)

Race Recap

Following his sensational wet weather pole position on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton secured a comfortable victory in the Styrian Grand Prix, winning out over his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen – while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided on Lap 1, causing race-ending damage for both.

Behind Verstappen, an exciting finale saw the Red Bull of Alex Albon finish ahead of the McLaren of Lando Norris, Norris passing the Racing Point of Sergio Perez with one corner to go in the race after the Mexican suffered front wing damage from contact with Albon.

2021 Styrian Grand Prix Prediction

The Styrian 2021 Grand Prix promises to be yet another exciting race, although the Red Bull team appears to have seized control with their performances in recent races, team Mercedes appears to have had construction and team issues specifically with Bottas.

No doubt Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will again be at the forefront of this race, both looking to gain an advantage over their rival being chased all the way by Perez. The form of Bottas and his relationship with Mercedes has been nonexistent in recent races. The Ferrari of Leclerc and Sainz struggled in France which saw the McLaren of Norris and Ricciardo gain important places. Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll both earned important points for Aston Martin and will be there or thereabout towards the end of the race,

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri and France during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 20, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Gasly has proved himself as a legitimate point threat recently, after another performance to forget from rookie Tsunoda saw both Alpha Tauri should be looking at a point finish providing no more mistakes are made. Alonso and newly rewarded Ocon who’s received a new 3-year contract will be looking to push into the top 10. We could also possibly see another lackluster race by Alfa Romeo and Williams with very little likely to change coming into the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix.

France saw the Haas team of Mick Schumacher make Q2 for the first time, but unfortunately, a crash at the end of Q1 prevented him from participating in a race to forget, which saw an off pace Haas going backward all race and Mazepin offered very little other than exchanging places with his teammate.

F1 Styrian 2021 Grand Prix Prediction – Winner : Max Verstappen

So, there you have it, my prediction for the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix. Do you agree with my predictions for the Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down in the comments below!

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