Can Rain Shift the F1 Power Balance From Max Verstappen to Lewis Hamilton at Styrian GP?

Published 06/24/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason


After the French Grand Prix, the Formula One paddock heads to Austria for a double-header at the Red Bull Ring. Furthermore, what makes the upcoming race so exciting, is the possibility of rain changing the dynamic of the entire race.

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Fans of Lewis Hamilton might rejoice, as he is one of the fastest drivers on a wet track, as seen at last year’s qualifying in Austria, where he took pole positions with a lead of over 1.2 seconds.

So, as championship leader Max Verstappen aims to keep Hamilton behind him in the standings, he stays wary of what the Mercedes driver can do in rain-soaked condition.

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Can Lewis Hamilton turn the tables on Verstappen at the Styrian Grand Prix?

After having missed the chance to win the race at Paul Ricard, as Verstappen stole his lead in the closing laps of the race. Hamilton is determined to make amends at the upcoming race in Austria. Furthermore, Hamilton is already optimistic after seeing the weather as the chances of rain are high.

Other than the 2020 Styria GP, Hamilton also showed off his marvelous wet track skills at the Turkish Grand Prix; he drove in horrid conditions but still came out on top to claim his seventh world title.

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Hamilton’s fight to regain the lead in the championship continues

The Mercedes driver lost the lead in the title at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he placed seventh and his rival Verstappen took home the victory. Later, he lost the opportunity to capitalize at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, making a costly mistake after Max crashed out of the race.

Then later, at the French Grand Prix, it looked like Hamilton was set to win the race and bridge the four-point gap to Verstappen. However, the Dutch driver overtook him in the closing laps of the race and earned twenty-five points, and an extra one for having the fastest lap. It extended his lead in the title race by twelve points and hopes to increase the gap heading into the next race.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

But with conditions favoring him for the Styrian Grand Prix, Lewis might use this as his chance to take the fight to the Red Bull prodigy and regain the lead for the 2021 championship.

Do you think that Lewis is the king of rain, and looks favorite to win at the Red Bull Ring this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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