Austrian GP Race Ready Facts

Austrian Grand Prix 2017

Laps: 71 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local / 13:00 BST 

Grid advantage

Pole position is situated on the left side of the track, on the racing line. There is a slight grip advantage there, but it’s only a short, uphill dash to Turn One.


There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Four.

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Don't put the kettle on...

Lewis Hamilton won last year’s race on a two-stop strategy, but Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen finished second and third by completing the race with one pitstop. Verstappen managed 56 laps on a set of the soft-compound tyres, so various strategies are possible.

Pitlane length/Pitstops

242m (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). Estimated time loss for a pitstop is 20s.

Safety car

The likelihood of a Safety Car is low, largely due to the acres of asphalt run-off giving the drivers room for manoeuvre. However, there was a six-lap Safety Car period in 2015, following a collision at Turn 2 between Fernando and Kimi.

Watch out for...

The Lauda corner, Turn 7. Its fast, downhill approach challenges the bravery of the drivers and if they carry too much speed at the exit they will understeer over a sausage kerb and risk damaging the car.

What makes this race interesting...

The combination of slow corners and long, fast straights makes for great racing. The are three genuine overtaking places, into Turns One, Two and Four. The many undulations also give the circuit character and increase the driving challenge.