2019 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1 heads to Austria this weekend, quickly following on from racing in France last weekend.

On form

Lewis Hamilton is still the on form driver at the moment having won the last four Grand Prix and having finished no lower than second so far this season.

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Another driver building up some momentum is Charles Leclerc. After his disastrous Monaco Grand Prix weekend he has bounced back finishing third in Canada as well as in France, last weekend.

Another driver on good form is Nico Hulkenberg who has managed to put together consecutive points finishes for the first time in 2019, having finished in seventh in Canada and eighth in France.

In need of a result

Although he finished second, it feels as if Valtteri Bottas does need to finish ahead of his teammate, Hamilton, in order to revitalise his title aspirations.

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Sergio Perez is another driver in need of a result as the Mexican has gone four Grand Prix without finishing in the points. This extends to the Racing Point team who are sixth in the constructor standings but are starting to be cut adrift from McLaren and Renault.

Haas are another team in need of a competitive weekend and a points finish as the American team find themselves ninth in the constructor standings, they are however only three points behind Alfa Romeo, who are seventh, and Racing Point.

Been there, done that

There are three Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix winners on the current grid with Lewis Hamilton having won in 2016, Valtteri Bottas having claimed victory in 2017 and Max Verstappen taking the race win last season.

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Last Season

The 2018 edition of the Austrian Grand Prix was eventful with both Mercedes retiring, that after having got their pit strategy wrong with Hamilton. It meant that Max Verstappen was left to take victory ahead of the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

It was also notable for Haas having their strongest race weekend since joining Formula 1 in 2016 with Romain Grosjean finishing fourth ahead of Kevin Magnussen who finished fifth.

 

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