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F1 Austria Top Betting Predictions
It was business as usual for Max Verstappen in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Dutchman scored his fourth consecutive pole position in 2023, which also happened to be his fourth consecutive pole on Red Bull’s home track. How will the race play out on Sunday?
Safety Car: No
The SC has seen plenty of work recently in Austria, with five inverventions in the past five races. However, all but one of those were caused by mechanical issues, which have been a bit of a rarity this season. With cars more reliable than the average in 2023, there is a reasonable chance that this year’s Austrian Grand Prix could go the distance without a single safety car intervention.
The safety car hasn’t seen as much action this year either, having been called out in only four of the eight races so far. Monaco and Miami went without a single SC intervention despite being hot spots for crashes and accidents. Drivers have been playing it safe this season, and the cost cap likely has played a part in this.
Over 17.5 Finishers
This has been a fairly profitable line so far in 2023. Only two races, Bahrain and Australia, saw fewer than 18 cars make it to the finish line. Miami and Spain, meanwhile, went the distance without a single retirement.
With cost cap restrictions forcing drivers to avoid crashes, and a step-up in reliability from the teams, retirements have become a rarity in F1 2023. The Red Bull Ring has averaged three retirements per race in recent seasons, so one fewer retirement than the average seems like a realistic expectation for this weekend.
F1 Austria Qualifying Result
Max Verstappen scored pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix. This is his fourth consecutive pole in Austria, a track where he already holds four wins. Verstappen could also go on to become the first ever four-time Austrian Grand Prix winner (one of his four Red Bull Ring wins came at the Styrian Grand Prix). Sergio Perez endured another nightmare session, dropping out in Q2 after having his two flying lap attempts disallowed for exceeding track limits.
F1 Austria Weather Condition
Drivers saw a bit of rain early on Saturday, between F1’s sprint shootout and the F2 sprint race. But there is only a 20% chance of rain on Sunday, which means that the race will likely be held on a dry track. Temperatures are going to be in the 24°C range, so it’s worth keeping an eye on tyre wear, which is usually a big issue at the Red Bull Ring.
F1 Austrian Grand Prix Important Details
- Which tyres will be available for the Austrian Grand Prix? Drivers and teams will have the C3, C4 and C5 tyres available. These are the three softest compounds.
- How to watch the F1 Austrian Grand Prix in the UK? F1 fans in the UK will be able to catch up with the Austrian Grand Prix live on Sky Sports (TV) and NOW (streaming).
- What is the Austrian Grand Prix start time? The Austrian Grand Prix will get underway at 2 pm BST (1 pm GMT).
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