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Austrian GP: All the F1 winners since 1964

The Austrian Grand Prix was first run as a round of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1964, first at Zeltweg airfield and then the permanent Osterreichring (aka A1-Ring and Red Bull Ring). Alain Prost is the only three-time victor here, and there’s been some fascinating races – including a winner who crashed just after the finish line! Here are all the winners from across the years, click on the arrows above to scroll through them…

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F1 news: Renault’s key element of its triple update

Renault has brought a triple update package to Austria, with parts originally scheduled to arrive at races in Vietnam, the Netherlands and Spain now available for the first race of the season.

We can begin to pick apart each of these updates as they’re revealed to us, the first of which includes changes to the team’s front wing…

Renault F1 Team front wing detail

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As can be seen in the photo above, the new specification – which is the lower of the two wings – has had more attention paid to the outer section in order to encourage a different flow regime. The change to the shape of the footplate arc (red arrow), the additional fin at the rear of the footplate (blue arrow), the notch in the upper rear corner of the endplate (black arrow) and a change to the top flap’s profile (white arrow), all indicate a desire to alter how much airflow the wing will push outboard.

There’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking about any of these design cues, as we’ve seen them all elsewhere in one form or another on the various front wings up and down the grid. However, it does show that Renault is making a concerted effort to manage flow across and around the front tyre to make an impact on the wake turbulence that’s created.

The upshot of this airflow manipulation is improved flow downstream, with the turbulent wake created by the tyre less likely to be ingested by the floor, increasing rear downforce too.

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The big questions for F1 2020 2.0

Formula 1 will finally get under way with back-to-back races in Austria, but the championship has been forced to make tough choices to ensure it can function responsibly while COVID-19 continues to ravage the planet. Ahead of the first race, Ben Anderson explains the key aspects of F1 2020 2.0

Since Formula 1 went into lockdown, championship CEO Chase Carey has consistently stated his ambition to hold between 15 and 18 grands prix in 2020, though the fluid nature of a global pandemic means it may not be possible to hit that number.

In early June, Formula 1 released dates for the first eight races: an Austrian double-header at the Red Bull Ring, a race in Hungary, then another double-header at Silverstone, the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, followed by races in Belgium and Italy.

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Hamilton says F1 drivers were not target over racism silence

Lewis Hamilton says he was not targeting his fellow Formula 1 drivers in his criticism of people “staying silent” over racial injustice, but speaking about motorsport as a whole.

Amid ongoing activism around the world against racism and racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in May, Hamilton – the only black driver in F1 history – has been vocal in a push for change within the industry.

Hamilton wrote on Instagram at the end of May that he saw “those of you who are staying silent” and described F1 as “a white dominated sport”, leading the call for greater diversity. 

Hamilton’s comments prompted a number of other drivers to post their own messages condemning racism, while a number of campaigns within F1 to effect change have been launched in recent weeks.

Speaking in a video as part of a new Daimler citizenship campaign, Hamilton clarified that he was calling on motorsport as a whole to speak up against injustice – not specifically his fellow drivers.

“Ultimately, people perceived it as that I was targeting drivers,” Hamilton said. “I really wasn’t. It was targeted at the whole industry. It’s been something I’ve been aware of for a long, long time, and not really seen anyone do anything about it.

“In today’s world where we all have a platform to be able to utilise our voice, we all have these followers, our voices are very powerful.

“If you’re not a part of trying to encourage people to get out there and understand what this situation is, and why we’re in this situation, then for me, that’s frustrating.

“People being silent is something I’ve experienced for such a long time, and it’s not the time to be silent. This is a time to help spread the message, to pull together. We need as many voices as we can to promote push for change.

“That was really a calling to people within the industry for accountability, for all the brands. They need to do more. This sport needs to do more. The FIA need to do more.

“We all need to do more. That was really what the message was about.”

Mercedes confirmed on Monday that it would be changing to a black-based livery for the entire 2020 season as part of its anti-racism campaign.

The team has also launched a new scheme to improve diversity within its team after revealing just 3% of its workforce belonged to an ethnic minority group. 

Hamilton has also launched a new commission to try and improve diversity throughout the industry, targeting areas such as STEM subjects to make opportunities more accessible to those from minority backgrounds. 

“It is a very expensive sport, and I think that’s definitely an underlying factor,” Hamilton said.

“There are so many great jobs and opportunities within our sport, but there is the opportunity is not the same for minorities to get through.

“That’s why I put together this commission to try to see and understand why that is the case: why there are not these intelligent minorities, why are they not coming through? Why are they not finishing university?

“You can’t change what you don’t know, and I think that’s the issue. I think a lot of people have opinions for why there are no other black drivers or why there are not many people of colour within our sport, but no-one truly knows what are the root cause is.

“That is what the goal is of this commission that I’m trying to put together, which is a lot of work, but I really, really hope it can have a real positive change.”

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F1 Podcast: Austrian Grand Prix preview

Four months after the cancelled Australian Grand Prix opener, the Formula 1 season is finally getting underway in Austria this weekend.

Before he caught his plane to head to the circuit, Motorsport.com’s F1 Editor Jonathan Noble joined Autosport’s Alex Kalinauckas, Luke Smith and Jessica McFadyen to look at the key talking points ahead of the season-opening Grand Prix.

Click on the Play icon below to listen in… 

Be sure to follow the Austrian Grand Prix weekend right here on Motorsport.com as we bring you all the action, direct from the track as F1 restarts.

A member of the Racing Point team during setup

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McLaren team members arrive in the paddock

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The teams prepare in the paddock

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Team transporters in the garage

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Racing Point transporters in the paddock

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Mugello in current F1 cars would be ‘insane’ – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo reckons Formula 1’s current cars around Mugello will be “insane” – with the Italian venue set to get the nod for a second race in Italy this year.

With F1 chiefs looking likely to expand the European season in September, there are mounting indications that the Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit will be allowed to hold a race on September 13, one week after Monza.

That would nicely coincide with Ferrari’s 1000th world championship grand prix .

The elevation changes and high-speed nature of Mugello have made it a favourite for fans and drivers, and Ricciardo says his previous experience of the track from a test in 2012 has left him relishing the chance of a return.

“That was a circuit I raced back in 2007 [in Formula Renault Italy], for the first time, and it was my favourite circuit that season,” explained Ricciardo.

“I loved just the flowing high speed corners and I think in F1, it would be amazing. We had a test there, I think it was back in 2012, in F1.

“But, you know, the cars now, these 2020 cars around there, would be insane! So yeah, I’m certainly excited if that one takes place.”

As well as Mugello being in the frame to get a grand prix, the Portuguese Portimao track has also emerged as a contender.

Ricciardo reckons that the Algarve track would be great for F1 too, having had experience of the track when he clinched the British F3 title there in 2009.

“I actually have good memories of Portimao,” he explained. “It was where I wrapped up the F3 championship.

“It was a circuit I really enjoyed: some good elevation and again quite good flowing fast corners. So, yeah, I’m not disappointed if any of these go ahead at all. I would be very excited.”

Ricciardo’s teammate Esteban Ocon says he has already been learning the Portimao line-up on his home simulator, as he welcomed the addition of new tracks to the 2020 calendar.

“I love the old school circuits like Mugello or Imola,” said the Frenchman. “That was a track I raced not so long ago as well in F3. I still have to learn Portimao.

“I’ve done a lot of laps, obviously on my home sim, which was good. But yeah, I’m happy to do a lot of races. And if that’s the way we can do more more in the future, then it’s fantastic.”

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Mercedes to race all-black F1 livery to support diversity

Mercedes has unveiled a new, black livery for the 2020 Formula 1 season as part of a new campaign to fight racism.

The reigning constructors’ champion team announced the new look for the Mercedes W11 car on Monday ahead of this weekend’s season opener in Austria.

Mercedes has traditionally raced in silver throughout its time in F1, dating as far back as 1954, but will now run in black for the entirety of the new season.

The new black livery base retains the green trim of title sponsor Petronas, the red elements of principal partner INEOS, and the speckled star design on the engine cover. The car will also run with ‘End Racism’ written on the Halo.

Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race in black overalls through 2020, and will also adjust their helmet designs accordingly.

Mercedes also confirmed it will launch a new diversity and inclusion programme before the end of the season to address the lack of diversity within the team, with just 3% of its workforce identifying as belonging to a minority ethnic group.

“Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief at Mercedes. But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent,” said team principal Toto Wolff.

“We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport.

“We will not shy away from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action.

“We intend to find and attract the very best talents from the broadest possible range of backgrounds, and to create credible pathways for them to reach our sport, in order to build a stronger and more diverse team in the future.”

It is the latest major statement from the F1 world amid global protests against racial injustice, sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

Mercedes driver Hamilton – the only black driver in F1 history – has been especially vocal in recent weeks, calling on the “white dominated” F1 community to be more conscious of racism and racial injustice.

Hamilton also recently announced plans for a new commission aimed at improving diversity within motorsport and STEM industries.

“It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity,” Hamilton said.

“I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change.

“When I spoke to Toto about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united.

“We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.”

F1 launched a new campaign called ‘We Race as One’ last week, promoting inclusivity and greater diversity in the sport. Branding for this campaign will be present on all 20 cars in Austria, as well as being a key part of F1’s messaging through the upcoming season.

Mercedes is the second team to make a late change to its livery ahead of the new season. Williams unveiled its new look last Friday after splitting with title sponsor ROKiT in May.

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F1 news: Austrian Grand Prix session timings and preview

The 2020 Formula 1 world championship will finally get underway with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5, having been delayed by several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s all you need to know about the season opener.

F1’s 70th anniversary season was originally due to begin at the Australian Grand Prix in March, but the race had to be cancelled prior to first practice after a member of the McLaren team tested positive for coronavirus.

Since then the entire calendar has been reshuffled, while a number of high-profile events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the returning Dutch GP at Zandvoort have been called off entirely.

As per the latest calendar, the championship will kick off with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in consecutive weeks, followed by six more rounds in Europe – including another double-header at Silverstone in the UK. More races, including those outside Europe, will be announced in due course. 

This weekend’s Austrian GP will be the first championship race to take place since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, marking the end of a seventh-month long break.

The race will take place behind closed doors, with no fans allowed access at the track. There is also a restriction on the number of members each team can bring to a grand prix, and those present at the track must follow social distancing and other guidelines issued by the FIA.

Several procedural changes have also been made, with the traditional podium ceremony and the drivers’ parade being dropped altogether. 

However, there are no changes to the long-running weekend schedule. As usual, two 90-minute practice sessions will be held on Friday, followed by another 60 minutes of running on Saturday morning. A three part-qualifying session will take place later on Saturday, followed by the race itself – run to the same length of roughly 305km – on Sunday afternoon.

F1 had considered running reverse grid qualifying races to determine the starting order for the main event, but the proposal was shot down by Mercedes because it didn’t want the sport to introduce “gimmicks” to spice up racing.

As with previous seasons, F1 will be broadcast via a wide variety of Pay TV and free-to-air channels all around the globe. Find the TV listings below. Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in Europe 

Friday 11th October 2020

  • Free Practice 1: 11am – 12:30pm CEST 
  • Free Practice 2: 3pm – 4:30pm CEST

Saturday 12th October 2020 

  • Free Practice 3: 12pm – 1pm CEST  
  • Qualifying: 3pm – 4pm CEST  

Sunday 13th October 2020

  • Race: 3:10pm CEST 

2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in the UK 

Friday 11th October 2020

  • Free Practice 1: 10am – 11:30am BST 
  • Free Practice 2: 2pm – 3:30pm BST

Saturday 12th October 2020 

  • Free Practice 3: 11am – 12pm BST 
  • Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST

Sunday 13th October 2020

  • Race: 2:10pm BST

2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in the US

Friday 11th October 2020

  • Free Practice 1: 5am – 6:30am ET / 2am PT – 3:30am PT
  • Free Practice 2: 9am – 10:30am ET / 6am PT – 7:30am PT

Saturday 12th October 2020 

  • Free Practice 3: 6am – 7am ET / 3am PT – 4am PT
  • Qualifying: 9am – 10am ET – 6am PT – 7am PT

Sunday 13th October 2020

  • Race: 9:10am ET / 6:30am PT 

2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in Australia

Friday 11th October 2020

  • Free Practice 1: 7pm – 8:30am AEST
  • Free Practice 2: 11pm – 12:30am AEST

Saturday 12th October 2020 

  • Free Practice 3: 8pm – 9pm AEST 
  • Qualifying: 11pm – 12am AEST

Sunday 13th October 2020

  • Race: 11:10pm AEST

2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in India

Friday 11th October 2020

  • Free Practice 1: 2:30pm – 4:00pm IST 
  • Free Practice 2: 6:30pm – 8:00pm IST

Saturday 12th October 2020 

  • Free Practice 3: 3:30pm – 4:30pm IST 
  • Qualifying: 6:30pm – 7:30pm IST

Sunday 13th October 2020

  • Race: 6:40pm IST

2020 Formula 1 calendar (first eight rounds only)

Date Venue
July 5 Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 12 Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 19 Hungaroring, Hungary
August 2 Silverstone, Britain
August 9 Silverstone, Britain
August 16 Barcelona, Spain
August 30 Spa, Belgium
September 6 Monza, Italy

 

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F1 right to trim 2021 downforce to help Pirelli – Renault

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says it was right that the teams should try to help Pirelli use the same tyres for three seasons by agreeing to trim downforce levels for 2021.

The Italian company’s 2020 development tyres were rejected by the teams last year, who preferred to stay with the familiar 2019 specification for a second year.

However the COVID-19 crisis and the unplanned extra season in 2021 with the current car and tyre regulations means that Pirelli’s 2019 spec now has to last for three seasons, until the end of next year.

In order to rein in the natural increase in downforce levels in 2021 and hence control the loadings on the tyres, the teams agreed to a slight change in the floor rules that will help the 2019 tyres cope for an extra year.

Abiteboul says he has some sympathy for Pirelli, as the company always has to react to the direction taken by the teams and the FIA.

“I’ve been a supplier of engines, and I know the difficulty of being a supplier to F1,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.

“It’s a big ask, a lot of expectation. I think we need to do a slightly better job in giving sufficient notice and stability on our decisions so that Pirelli are given the opportunity to develop the right product for what we want to do.

“If you take the example of this year, let’s not forget the circumstances. We were supposed to move to 18 inches next year, but we decided just when we were coming back from Australia to postpone the regulations by a year, and we always need to look at the consequences of our decisions.

“Having taken that decision I think it also makes sense that we try to slightly adjust our cars to their product, at least in the short term.”

Abiteboul says that it’s crucial that the teams now help Pirelli to anticipate the downforce levels that the 18-inch tyres will have to deal with under the new technical regulations in 2022.

“I think medium term, for 2022 in particular, we need to make sure that the right products are developed for our cars, with the right assumptions,” he said.

“Sometimes what’s remarkable with F1 is that the grid in general is capable of going above our assumptions. I think everyone has been surprised by the amount of aerodynamic development that we’ve been able to generate in the last 12 months, despite a change of regulations with the simplified front wing, and so on.

“It’s also a bit of a credit to the sport that it’s a constant moving target for a supplier like Pirelli, but having said that for 2022 we all need to be perfectly aligned with what we will be needed.”

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Toto Wolff says F1 will put on a show to counter 'weird' situation

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident that Formula 1 can overcome the “weirdness” of the new-look series and entertain in Austria.

As Wolff points out it will be new territory for Formula 1 with races held as closed events as the grandstands stay empty, whilst a host of other safety protocols have been put in place.

And though it will be “weird”, Wolff says it’s necessary to protect everyone present at the race weekend, and F1 will put on a show for the fans when the Austrian Grand Prix gets the 2020 campaign underway next weekend.

“I think we know what to do, I think we know that protecting our staff and everybody who attends is the main priority,” said Wolff in an F1 vodcast, as quoted by Motorsport.com.

“But equally, it’s new ground, we’ve never been in this situation. We’re talking a lot about bubbles, less interaction with the other teams, you guys [the media] and the fans, and that will be a new experience.

“F1 has always been able to take out the positives, and if we’re able to provide a great show on Saturday and Sunday I think that’s going to compensate for the weirdness.”

It seems Wolff is just happy to be back at work, saying he “doesn’t believe” those people who say they love spending more time at home.

“It has been definitely surreal, and everybody who tells me that they love spending more time at home, I don’t quite believe it, because we’re in a fast-paced environment,” he explained.

“We work in some kind of frame, we know when we go racing, we know when we go back to the office, and we know when we go home. Suddenly it’s like pulling a plug out. I miss the competition.”

But really the Formula 1 community hasn’t been relaxing over the extended break – after intense negotiations a lowered budget cap was agreed for next year, as well as various other cost-cutting measures.

“The elephant in the room is that with the 2021 cost cap kicking in, big teams and particularly Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, we need to adapt, we need to change processes, how we do things, how we develop, how we spend on innovation and R&D,” Wolff explained.

“That has been a Mount Everest to climb, and that has been the project that has kept many of us very busy.”

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