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What time does Austria’s qualification start?

July 7, 2022

What time does Austria’s qualification start?

Attention! Qualifying for the GP of Austria starts at 17:00 on Friday, July 8! That’s earlier than you’re used to, because this weekend there is a sprint race on the program. Qualifying on Friday determines the starting lineup for the sprint race on Saturday. The result of the sprint race is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race.

Session Date Dutch time
1st free practice Friday 8th july 13.30 – 14.30
qualifying Friday 8th July 17.00 – 18.00
2nd free practice Saturday 9th July 12.30 – 13.30
Sprint Race Saturday, July 9 16.30 – 17.30
Race Sunday, july 10 15.00 – 17.00

Verstappen won twice in 2021

Can Verstappen wash away the bad aftertaste of last week with a win in Austria? If we go off of history that chance is definitely there. The Limburger has already crossed the line first at the end of the race four times in F1, including twice in 2021. Then he won the Styrian Grand Prix and the Austrian GP, both held at the Red Bull Ring because the number of circuits available was limited due to Covid.

Zhou participates again

It was a bit of a scare when Guanyu Zhou slid into the gravel pit with the car upside down at Silverstone last week and ended up behind the tire pile. A horror crash that, without safety features like the halo, would undoubtedly have ended worse. Fortunately, Zhou was able to be freed from the wreckage and was taken to the medical center for a comprehensive checkup. This showed that the Chinese driver was doing well under the circumstances.

Before he can return to work in Austria this weekend, Zhou was examined again this week as a precaution. This check has now been completed and Zhou has been approved to compete in the Austrian GP.

Orange madness

The GP of Austria is – since Max Verstappen is participating – a race where the Netherlands is well represented among the public. As chauvinistic as we are, we fill the stands around the Red Bull Ring with orange shirts to cheer on our Max – preferably with Wolter Kroes playing in the background and a can of beer. Also this weekend, Dutch people are heading en masse to Austria to shout Max to victory. In fact, 50,000 Dutch people are expected to attend. So the atmosphere will be fine.

What do you need to know about the GP of Austria?

The Red Bull Ring as we know it today has been on the racing calendar since 2014. Max Verstappen has the most track wins to his name. One of the reasons the Red Bulls often do well here is because of the engine, which performs well at higher elevations. Furthermore, the track has a number of points where the drivers have to brake from 300 km/h to below 100 km/h. A lap of the Red Bull Ring is relatively short, with lap times just over a minute, which is why the gentlemen will be doing 71 laps this coming weekend.

Austria in facts and figures

Location: Spielberg, Austria
Circuit length: 4.318 km
Number of laps: 71
Number of bends: 10
Total racing distance: 306.452 km
Lap record: 1:05:619 Carlos Sainz (2020)

Source: F1