Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: F1 2020: Austrian Grand Prix Preview

F1 2020: Austrian Grand Prix Preview


Darry Worthington previews the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix which is being held at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday the 5th of July. 

Image Copyright - Steve Haag Sports

Jockeys Ride HorsesThe 2020 Formula 1 season will finally get underway this coming weekend with Austria set to host the first race of the year. Petrolheads will be delighted with this news as they've had to wait almost six months to finally see some racing action.

*There have been a number of changes to season calendar. You can find out about these and see how the teams are shaping up by reading our F1 Season Restart piece.


Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
Sunday 5 July

Track
Once one of the most formidable race tracks in the world - during its heydey as the Osterreichring - Austria's Red Bull Ring has been somewhat subdued over the years with Red Bull Racing - the company that purchased the track in 2011 - make a number of changes to it.

It's a decent-sized track measuring in at 4.326 kilometres that stretches over 71 laps, which consists of 10 turns. There's a rather nice straight that runs from turn one (Niki Lauda Kurcve) and turn 3 (Remos).

From the starting line to the first corner (Nike Lauda Kurve) is a rather short distance and this means we usually get a lot of early drama as drivers go full tilt to get a good jump off the grid. Strangely enough, last year saw no retirement from the race but there were six retirements in 2018.

Two women looking excitedly at cellphone2019 Austrian Grand Prix Stats

Qualifying
Fastest Qualifier - Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
Second Fastest - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Third Fastest - Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Main Race
Race Winner - Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Second - Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
Third - Valterri Bottas (Mercedes)

Fastest Lap - Max Verstappen 1.04.457

Value Bets

Fastest Qualifier
Valterri Bottas
While Bottas doesn't have the best of race records at the track - he's only claimed one win here and that victory came three years ago - he has a very healthy qualifying record having claimed pole in 2017 and 2018.

The Finn may well be worth


To Win Outright
Max Verstappen @ 27/20

The Red Bull man has a fantastic record at the track winning the 2018 and 2019 Grand Prix. He has matured as a driver since his debut season and it's rather ironic that he's gone back-to-back at the Red Bull Ring considering he crashed out at the venue during his debut season back in 2017. This just goes to show how he's become a much more level-headed driver.

At 37/20, the Dutchman offers fantastic value for a hat-trick in Austria.

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