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The 2021 Styrian Grand Prix, (officially the Formula 1 BWT Großer Preis der Steiermark 2021) was the eighth round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria on 27 June 2021.

Max Verstappen took his first back-to-back pole-to-win in the race, with Lewis Hamilton a distant second, but reduced his championship loss disadvantage by setting the fastest lap of the race. Valtteri Bottas, after starting fifth due to a grid penalty from spinning in FP2, managed to finish in third after resisting a late charge from Sergio Pérez in the closing laps.

At the start, Charles Leclerc damaged his front wing after making contact with Pierre Gasly, the AlphaTauri Frenchman breaking his rear suspension as a result, forcing him to retire, but not without coming in contact with Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi while retiring. George Russell, who started in 10th, had been in 8th place when he was forced to retire with a power unit issue. Leclerc meanwhile would ultimately charge on to finish in 7th after being nearly last on the first lap, earning Driver of the Day for his actions.

Background[]

The Styrian Grand Prix was originally intended to be a one-off race for the 2020 season, but following the current season's calendar changes, which saw the Canadian and the replacement Turkish Grands Prix canceled, the Austrian double-header round made its appearance in the calendar once again.[1] The W Series championship, which had joined F1 as its feeder series in 2021 and is set to begin its first round since its cancelation on the previous year due to the pandemic, was originally planned to begin at Paul Ricard. The rescheduling of the F1 calendar meant that the current W Series season's opening race will be taking place at Austria as the double-header.[2]

Heading into the 8th round, Max Verstappen extended his lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton to 12 points. Red Bull also maintained their advantage ahead of Mercedes, while McLaren regained 3rd in the standings after Ferrari dropped back during the previous race and failed to finish in the points.

Ahead of the race Alfa Romeo announced that they will be running a special livery to celebrate 111 years of the marque.[3]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Styrian 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 21 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 21 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
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[4]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

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

Q2[]

Russell missed out into entering Q3 by only 0.008 seconds. He joined Sainz, Ricciardo, Vettel and Giovinazzi in being eliminated out of Q2.

Q3[]

Hamilton made minor errors on his final flying lap, but nevertheless, would start second alongside Verstappen due to team-mate Bottas' grid penalty.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Styrian 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 1:04.489 4 1:04.433 1 1:03.841 1
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 2 1:04.537 5 1:04.443 2 1:04.035 5*
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 6 1:04.672 6 1:04.512 3 1:04.067 2
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:04.584 2 1:04.298 4 1:04.120 3
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 5 1:04.638 1 1:04.197 5 1:04.168 4
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 8 1:04.765 3 1:04.429 6 1:04.236 6
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 7 1:04.745 9 1:04.646 7 1:04.472 7
8 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 4 1:04.608 8 1:04.631 8 1:04.514 11
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 11 1:04.971 7 1:04.582 9 1:04.574 8
10 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 9 1:04.821 10 1:04.663 10 1:04.708 9
11 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 12 1:05.033 11 1:04.671 10
12 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 10 1:04.859 12 1:04.800 12
13 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 1:05.142 13 1:04.808 13
14 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 1:05.051 14 1:04.875 14
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 14 1:05.092 15 1:04.913 15
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 16 1:05.175 16
17 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 17 1:05.217 17
18 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 18 1:05.429 18
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:06.041 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:06.192 20
107% time: 1:09.003
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Bottas was given a three-place grid penalty for spinning in the pit lane while leaving his pit garage during FP2, which was deemed as "potentially dangerous driving" by the stewards.
  • Tsunoda was given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Bottas during Q3.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 1:22:18.925 1 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 71 +35.743 2 19FL
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 71 +46.907 5 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 +47.434 4 12
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 3 10
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 70 +1 lap 12 8
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 70 +1 lap 7 6
8 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 9 4
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 70 +1 lap 8 2
10 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 70 +1 lap 11 1
11 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 18
12 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 14
13 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 13
14 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 70 +1 lap 17
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 15
16 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 19
17 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 68 +3 laps 16
18 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 68 +3 laps 20
Ret 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 36 Power unit 10
Ret 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1 Collision damage 6
Source:

Milestones[]

Standings[]

While Verstappen extended his championship lead from Hamilton to 18 points, Hamilton's fastest lap effort and Mercedes' double podium meant that Red Bull only extended their advantage ahead of Mercedes by 3 points in the constructors' standings. Ferrari's double-points finish meant that they narrowed the gap to McLaren to 12 points.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 156
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 138
3 Mexico Sergio Pérez 96
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 86
5 Finland Valtteri Bottas 74
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 58
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 50
8 France Pierre Gasly 37
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 34
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel 30
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 19
12 Canada Lance Stroll 14 ▲1
13 France Esteban Ocon 12 ▼1
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 252
2 Germany Mercedes 212
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 120
4 Italy Ferrari 108
5 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 46
6 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 44
7 France Alpine-Renault 31
8 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. F1.com: 2021 F1 calendar reshuffled, as Turkey drops off and extra Austria race added
  2. Motorsport.com: W Series reveals calendar change as five-day test begins
  3. F1.com: Alfa Romeo celebrate 111th anniversary with special Styrian Grand Prix livery
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EL
  5. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
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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Tests Bahrain
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V T E Styria Styrian Grand Prix
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