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F1 Austria Sprint Race Predictions and Betting Tips

Red Bull Ring will host F1’s second sprint weekend of 2023. Check out our predictions and betting tips for the Austria F1 sprint race on Saturday.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

F1 Austria Sprint Race Top Betting Predictions

In a rather unsurprising turn of events, Max Verstappen was, once again, the man to beat in Austria. The two-time champion extended his streak to four consecutive poles at the Red Bull Ring, although Ferrari and Charles Leclerc did come close to pulling off an upset in qualifying. The Ferrari driver will be one to keep an eye on.

Leclerc Podium Finish

Leclerc’s best weekend of the year came in Azerbaijan, which also happened to be another sprint race. The Monegasque scored two pole positions and finished both the sprint and the GP on the podium, with a second and a third place respectively. With fewer laps to run in the sprint, Ferrari probably won’t struggle as much with tyre wear. Leclerc looks like the best non-Red Bull in Austria, and will be the favorite to secure a podium finish in the sprint.

While holding off Mercedes and Aston Martin on Sunday is a different matter, Leclerc probably has enough in his car to bring home a top 3 finish on Saturday.

Red Bull Double Podium

Perez’s slump continued on Friday, as the Mexican driver found himself out before Q3 for the fourth time in a row. But there were some slightly more encouraging signs this time. Perez had the raw pace to fight for second place, as his three deleted laptimes (two in Q2 and one in Q1) showed. Keeping all four wheels between the white lines was his biggest challenge, but that’s something the Red Bull driver can work on for Saturday.

Perez had his best weekend of the year in Azerbaijan, winning both the sprint and the GP, bringing the gap to Verstappen down to a single digit. While the championship is out of reach for Perez, the sprint on Saturday is a good chance to get his season back on track. Verstappen looks like a lock to make the podium, and Perez definitely has enough pace in his car to join his teammate on the rostrum.

F1 Austria Sprint Weather Conditions

It will be worth keeping an eye on the weather for Saturday, as the forecast has a significant chance of rain in the afternoon, at 80%. Both the sprint shootout and the race itself could be held under wet conditions.

F1 Austria Sprint Race Important Details

F1 Austria Sprint Race Predictions
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  • When will the F1 Austria sprint race start? The sprint race in Austria will start at 2:30 PM GMT.
  • How can I watch the F1 Austria sprint race in the UK? The race will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, and streamed live on NOW.
  • How many laps will the F1 Austria sprint race have? The sprint race will have 24 laps.

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