2014 F1

F1 2014 Austrian GP Race Strategy Briefing

Formula One World Championship 2014, Round 8, Austrian Grand Prix

Race Information
Returning to the Formula 1 calendar after a hiatus since 2003, the newly named Red Bull Ring, near Graz in Austria, has played host to numerous memorable races in its previous twenty-five Grands Prix. Following a re-design of the original Österreichring by Hermann Tilke in 1996, the Spielberg circuit consists of much undulation and a combination of fast and slow corners, sure to make it a spectacle for fans. Michael Schumacher claimed victory in the two most recent races here – although his 2002 win caused plenty of controversy as Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello, Schumacher’s team-mate and the race leader, to let the German past on the final lap to open up his lead in the FIA Formula One World Championship

Race Strategy Briefing
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This is a new race, albeit on a track based on the old A1 Ring, which was used until 2003. It is one of the shortest laps of the year time-wise at around 68 seconds. The track features four flat out stretches and just nine corners. The track puts quite low energy into the tyres, so Pirelli is bringing the same soft and supersoft tyres it used in Monaco and Montreal. Getting the front tyres to work will be the challenge for the teams. Two stops are projected, with one stint on supersofts and two longer stints on softs. As it is a new track, teams will do plenty of running in practice to understand the key strategy considerations. (Source: UBS)

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