F1 2020: Austrian & Styrian Grands Prix Preview

Austria will kick off the 2020 F1 season after an extended break due to Coronavirus pandemic (Image Credit: LAT Images)

After the aborted Australian Grand Prix weekend 105 days ago as of Friday, Formula One looks to finally get their 2020 season underway with the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of the Styrian GP next weekend. 

Lewis Hamilton enters the season looking for a seventh title but with a congested calendar, enjoying successful back-to-back race weekends here will be key for every driver and team as they battle for the driver and constructor titles. 

We therefore welcome you to our preview for the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix, featuring track details, session timings and five key pointers to whet your appetite as we draw closer to F1’s return. 


Track Guide

Red Bull Ring

Circuit: Red Bull Ring

Laps: 71

Race Distance: 306.452km 

Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4



With Red Bull Ring hosting the first two races on consecutive weekends, here is full schedule details for both race weekends due to no timing changes for second round. 

Date Session Time (BST)
Friday 3/10 July FP1 10:00am
Friday 3/10 July FP2 2:00pm
Saturday 4/11 July FP3 11:00am
Saturday 4/11 July Qualifying 2:00pm
Sunday 5/12 July Race 2:10pm


Five Key Pointers

  • Max Verstappen can become only the second driver to win three official F1 Austrian Grands Prix, as well as the first to win the race in three consecutive years.
  • Racing Point could produce a surprise if their pre-season pace translates into podium challenging race weekend pace. 
  • Alfa Romeo, Haas, McLaren and Williams drivers will need some time in FP1 to adapt back to F1 machinery after failing to run a private shakedown test in recent weeks. 
  • Ferrari will be running their pre-season specification in these two opening races, so expect to see both drivers struggling for top speed which is quite crucial here. 
  • Midfield pack looks incredibly tight so mistakes could well be crucial for not just qualifying position but also race results. 

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