Darry Worthington previews the Steiermark Grand Prix which is being raced at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday the 13th of July.
The F1 season got off to a spectacular start last weekend with Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix being one for the ages with thrills, spills and wheel-to-wheel racing galore. We remain at the Red Bull Ring this weekend for the Steiermark Grand Prix.
Will Mercedes make it two wins on the trot or will another team step up to the mark?
Steiermark Grand Prix
Sunday 13 July
Red Bull Ring
To Win Race Outright
Lewis Hamilton 83/100
Valterri Bottas 5/2
Max Verstappen 33/10
Alexander Albion 25/1
Charles LeClerc 40/1
Well, we got our fair share of drama last weekend with nine drivers retiring from the race including the two Red Bull men, Alex Albion and Max Verstappen.
With the Red Bulls out of the way, it looked to be a straight shootout between the two Mercedes to see who would claim the race spoils. Valterri Bottas would eventually win the battle bringing his car across the line just before Hamilton’s, While Charles LeClerc would come in third and Lando Norris would claim fourth.
The latter two would be elevated to second and third. however, as Lewis Hamilton was given a time penalty for his crash with Alexander Albon earlier in the race. This was the second penalty the ‘Brit was handed during the race weekend after he was demoted a couple places on the grid for an incident in Q3.
There was less drama in the middle of the pack with Carlos Sainz finishing fourth, Sergio Perez claiming sixth and Pierre Gasly taking seventh, while the remainder of the top ten was made up by Esteban Ocon (eighth), Antonio Giovannazzi (ninth) and Sebastian Vettel (tenth).
We’re once again at the Red Bull Ring which plays host two it’s second race weekend on the trot.
As fans will have seen last week, the track is a decent-sized one 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) this is where we saw a bit of wheel to wheel racing last weekend.
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. This wasn’t the case last weekend, however, as a total of nine drivers had to retire from the race.
Fastest Qualifier – Valterri Bottas – 35/20
It may not be the most valuable “value bet” the world has ever seen but I find it crazy that Bottas isn’t the favourite to claim pole position.
The Finn was the fastest in qualifying last week – he was my value bet then and I’m rather chuffed with the return – and at 2017 and 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.
I fancy him to make it four poles in five qualifying stints in Austria.
To Win Race Outright
Charles LeClerc – 40/1 or Valterri Bottas 5/2
I was always going to go for last weekend’s race winner, Valterri Bottas, here but when I saw the price on Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc I couldn’t help but add him to the mix with a price of 40/1 on his head.
While he only managed to bring his car across the line in third last week, LeClerc did look sharp and a couple accidents at the front of the field could well bring him into the fold.
My main bet will be on Bottas while I ‘ll throw a R20 on LeClerc as it nets a big return.