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The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, (officially the Formula 1 BWT Großer Preis Von Österreich 2021) was the ninth round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria on July 4 2021.

Max Verstappen took pole position and won for the third race in a row, taking his first career Grand Slam. Valtteri Bottas started from 5th to second with Lando Norris in third, while Lewis Hamilton dropped to fourth after running as high as second after taking floor damage. Meanwhile, Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Pérez was penalized for 10 seconds after forcing Charles Leclerc into the gravel twice, the former having been shoved into the gravel by Norris earlier with Norris receiving a 5s penalty as a result. Despite starting in 8th, George Russell finished 11th in the end after being passed by Fernando Alonso in the closing laps, while Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel both came together on the final lap. The safety car was called out once after Esteban Ocon damaged his suspension on Lap 1.


Background[]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
37 China Guanyu Zhou France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
45 Israel Roy Nissany United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
98 United Kingdom Callum Ilott Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[1]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Eliminated out of Q1 were Raikkonen, Ocon, Latifi, Schumacher and Mazepin.

Q2[]

Russell managed to put in a sensational performance by getting his Williams into Q3 for the first time since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix. Alonso was close to improving his time when he was held up by Vettel. Both Ferraris were knocked out in the session after their medium tire strategy did not work.

Q3[]

Verstappen took his third straight pole position ahead of Norris, with Perez starting in third, while Mercedes could only manage in 4th and 5th.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1 1:04.249 1 1:03.927 1 1:03.720 1
2 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:04.345 5 1:04.415 2 1:03.768 2
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 8 1:04.833 6 1:04.483 3 1:03.990 3
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 4 1:04.506 2 1:04.258 4 1:04.014 4
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 5 1:04.563 3 1:04.376 5 1:04.049 5
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 9 1:04.841 4 1:04.412 6 1:04.107 6
7 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 14 1:04.967 8 1:04.518 7 1:04.273 7
8 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 10 1:04.846 7 1:04.493 8 1:04.570 11*
9 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 12 1:04.907 10 1:04.553 9 1:04.591 8
10 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 1:04.927 9 1:04.547 10 1:04.618 9
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 6 1:04.596 11 1:04.559 10
12 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 11 1:04.906 12 1:04.600 12
13 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 1:04.977 13 1:04.719 13
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 3 1:04.472 14 1:04.856 14
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 7 1:04.782 15 1:05.083 15
16 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 16 1:05.009 16
17 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 17 1:05.051 17
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 1:05.195 18
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:05.427 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:05.951 20
107% time: 1:08.746
Source:[2]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Vettel was given a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Alonso at the end of Q2.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 1:23:54.543 1 26FL
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 71 +17.973 5 18
3 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +20.019 2 15
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 71 +46.452 4 12
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 71 +57.144 10 10
6 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 +57.915 3 8
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1:00.395 13 6
8 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 71 +1:01.195 12 4
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 71 +1:01.844 6 2
10 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 70 +1 lap 14 1
11 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 8
12 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 70 +1 lap 7
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 +1 lap§ 9
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 15
15* 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 Collision** 16
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 70 +1 lap†† 18
17* 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 69 Collision 11
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 19
19 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 laps†† 20
Ret 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 0 Collision damage 17
Source:
  • * Räikkönen and Vettel were classified as completed 90% race distance.
  • Perez finished fifth, but was given a ten-second (two five-second) post race time penalties for forcing Leclerc off-track twice, dropping him to sixth behind Sainz.
  • Tsunoda was given a five-second post-race time penalty for crossing the white line at pit entry.
  • § Stroll was given a five-second post-race time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
  • ** Räikkönen was given a 20-second post-race time penalty for causing a collision with Vettel.
  • †† Latifi and Mazepin were given 30-second post-race time penalties each for failing to respect double yellow flags. Latifi originally finished 15th, but dropped to 16th as a result of the penalty.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

As Verstappen extended his championship lead from Hamilton to 32 points, the finishing order meant that Red Bull only extended their advantage little from Mercedes, and with Norris closing to within three points of Perez. The only change in the driver standings was Ricciardo getting one point ahead of Gasly.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 182
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 150
3 Mexico Sergio Pérez 104
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 101
5 Finland Valtteri Bottas 92
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 62
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 60
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 40 ▲1
9 France Pierre Gasly 39 ▼1
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel 30
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 20
12 Canada Lance Stroll 14
13 France Esteban Ocon 12
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 9
15 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Honda 286
2 Germany Mercedes 242
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 141
4 Italy Ferrari 122
5 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 48
6 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 44
7 France Alpine-Renault 32
8 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

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References:

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V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonKubicaLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 88 Kubica • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers AitkenAlbonde Vriesdi RestaFittipaldiHülkenbergIlottKvyatNissanyVandoorneZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C41AlphaTauri AT02Alpine A521Aston Martin AMR21Ferrari SF21Haas VF-21McLaren MCL35MMercedes W12Red Bull RB16BWilliams FW43B
Tyres Pirelli
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