2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see Formula 1 complete its double header at the Red Bull Ring. It is also due to be joined by Formula 3 and the W Series.

In the W Series Alice Powell enters the second race weekend of the series season with the early lead of the championship ahead of Sarah Moore and Fabienne Wohlwend.

Last weekend was Powell’s second race victory in the W Series. Moore’s runner up finish was her first podium in the series and Wohlwend’s third place was her second podium finish in W Series.

Reigning champion Jamie Chadwick ended up having to go on a charge through the field after being spun round going into the first corner. The Briton eventually finished sixth.

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In Formula 3 Dennis Hauger enters the third event of the season with a six point lead at the top of the standings ahead of Victor Martins. Completing the top three in the championship is Jack Doohan who is two points behind Martins and nine ahead of fourth placed Clement Novalak.

Doohan and Arthur Leclerc became the latest race winners of the season during the previous event at Paul Ricard. Alex Smolyar won the other race during the French Grand Prix weekend, the Russian’s second race victory of the season.

Smolyar is sixth in the standings with fellow race winner Olli Caldwell one point ahead in fifth, while Caio Collet is five points behind Smolyar in seventh.

Lastly on Formula 3, Leclerc enters the weekend joint eleventh in the championship with Ayumu Iwasa. Leclerc’s victory in France is his only points finish of the season to date. He is one point behind Matteo Nannini, who is tenth in the championship,

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In Formula 1 Max Verstappen enters the second race at the Red Bull Ring with an 18 point advantage over title rival, and reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman has won three of the last four races prior to this weekend while Hamilton has finished on the podium only twice across the same four races.

Completing the top three in the championship is Sergio Perez who is 42 points behind Hamilton. The Mexican has a 10 point advantage over fourth placed Lando Norris. Perez finished the Styrian Grand Prix in fourth last weekend while Norris, having started third, ultimately finished fifth.

Behind Norris is Valtteri Bottas, 12 points separating the two. This after Bottas claimed his first podium finish since this season’s Spanish Grand Prix. The Finn has a 16 point advantage over Charles Leclerc who is sixth in the championship.

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In the Constructors’ Championship Red Bull continues to lead. The Austrian team have a 40 point lead at the top of the standings ahead of Mercedes.

There is then a 92 point gap between Mercedes and third placed McLaren. The latter’s main focus is on Ferrari who are fourth in the championship, 12 points separate the two going into this weekend’s Grand Prix.

Behind Ferrari are AlphaTauri in fifth, 62 points separate the two Italian based teams. AlphaTauri will start the weekend with a two point advantage over sixth placed Aston Martin. This after Yuki Tsunoda scored a point for the Faenza based team, while Lance Stroll claimed four points last weekend for Aston Martin thanks to finishing eighth.

Alpine are seventh and 13 points behind Aston Martin. The French team does have a 29 point gap behind them to eighth placed Alfa Romeo, with Williams and then Haas completing the standings.

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