The 2021 Styrian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton looks to cut the increasing distance between himself and current leader Max Verstappen: Everything to know ahead of the race
The Formula One campaign continues this weekend as the Styrian Grand Prix takes centre stage in the first of a double-header at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria.
It comes just a week after the French Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen extended his lead to 12 points over Lewis Hamilton in what was a thrilling race from start to finish.
Verstappen started the race on pole but immediately handed Hamilton the initiative with an uncharacteristic error. Red Bull outfoxed their Mercedes counterpart with a brilliant two-stop strategy, however, which saw the Dutchman overtake a helpless Hamilton at the death to claim his third victory of the campaign.
With Red Bull winning three races in a row, they are creeping ahead in both the driver and constructor championships after seven races.
Nonetheless, the campaign goes on, and it was Mercedes who won both of the two races in Austria last year, an outcome certainly less expected this time round.
With the race quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Max Verstappen picked up his third win of the season last time out at the French Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second place and is now 12 points behind Verstappen
When is the Styrian Grand Prix?
The Styrian Grand Prix is set to take place on Sunday, June 27, with the race getting underway at 2pm BST.
The first and second practice sessions will take place on Friday, June 25, with each session lasting an hour.
The final practice session starts at 11am on Saturday morning, before qualifying gets underway on the same day at 2pm.
How to watch the Styrian Grand Prix
Sunday’s Grand Prix will be available to watch on the Sky Sports Formula One channel, as with the entirety of the season.
Sky Sports subscribers can watch the race online by streaming it on Sky Go.
Viewers can also buy Sky Sports day pass from NowTV for £9.99, with a month pass at £33.99.
Additionally, Channel 4 will provide highlights of the qualifying rounds at 6.30pm BST on Saturday and the race itself at 6.30pm on Sunday.
You can also keep up-to-date with the build-up, qualifying and race itself with Sportsmail.
Styrian Grand Prix race schedule
Friday, June 25
- Practice 1: 10.30am-11.30am
- Practice 2: 2pm-3pm
Saturday, June 26
- Practice 3: 11am-12pm
- Qualifying: 2pm-3pm
Sunday, June 27
Styrian Grand Prix race details
2020 winner: Lewis Hamilton
Circuit length: 4.318 km
Race distance: 306.452 km
First Grand Prix: 1970 (as the Osterreichring)
Lap record: 1:05.619 (Carlos Sainz, 2020)
Styrian Grand Prix odds
Hamilton and Verstappen are once again the favourites to prevail at the French Grand Prix
The increasingly epic battle between Hamilton and Verstappen continued at the French Grand Prix, and it’s the young Dutchman who is edging ahead as things stand.
He secured yet another victory last time out, with Hamilton understandably frustrated as Red Bull out-thought their Mercedes counterpart.
However, Hamilton was victorious at the Styrian Grand Prix last year, and despite lacking some form, the Brit is favourite among the bookies to win once again this year.
- Lewis Hamilton – 5/4
- Max Verstappen – 6/5
- Sergio Perez – 8/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 8/1
- Lando Norris – 40/1
- Charles Leclerc – 50/1
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
Formula One driver standings
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has plenty of work to do in a highly competitive season
Formula One constructor standings
Red Bull extended their lead at the top off the charts after a successful French Grand Prix