Austrian Grand Prix F1 Schedule: When is Next F1 Race After Styrian GP?

Published 06/28/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


With the Styrian Grand Prix done and dusted, it’s time to move on to Round 9 of the 2021 Formula One season. Despite the next race titled the ‘Austrian Grand Prix,’ the Red Bull Ring will play host for the second successive race.

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Although Spielberg was to host just one race initially, the cancellation of the Canadian Grand Prix forced a reshuffle in the F1 calendar. Hence, the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix rounds off a rare tripleheader in F1 after two successive races in France and Spielberg.

Just like other races, drivers will take part in three practice sessions followed by qualifying and the main race this weekend. In addition, the on-track schedule remains similar to the Styrian Grand Prix last weekend.

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The on-track activities will begin on Friday, July 2 with two out of three practice sessions. FP1 will commence at 11:30 AM local time and 9:30 AM GMT while FP2 will commence at 3:00 PM local time and 1:00 PM GMT.

FP3, the final practice session, will take place on Saturday, July 3 at 12:00 PM local time and 10:00 AM GMT. Post the practice sessions, the all-important qualifying sessions will begin at 3:00 PM local time and 1:00 PM GMT.

On Sunday, July 4, the weekend will end with the race, which will start at 3:00 PM local time and 1:00 PM GMT.

What can fans expect from the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix?

While the aftermath of the Styrian Grand Prix wears off, F1 teams don’t have to travel this week. Although this saves them from experiencing fatigue due to travel, some teams may look forward to this weekend more than others.

After a dominant victory last weekend, Max Verstappen and Red Bull will look to extend their lead in both championships on their home track. With the Austrian outfit looking much faster than Mercedes, another win here would make them believe 2021 is their year to win it all.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

Lewis Hamilton will hope the Silver Arrows can find more pace to give stiffer competition to his title rival this weekend, while Valtteri Bottas will look to edge out Sergio Perez and claim another podium in Spielberg.

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McLaren and Ferrari look to continue their midfield battle from where they left off last weekend. Although Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc brought home a double-points finish, neither finished above Lando Norris. The Briton took an impressive P5 finish to keep McLaren third in the constructor’s championship despite Daniel Ricciardo’s struggles.

After retiring in Lap 1 of the race, Pierre Gasly will look to make a solid comeback by scoring big points this weekend. AlphaTauri looked quick throughout last weekend, which shows their potential to score more points than Aston Martin this weekend.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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