July 4, 2017

The Austrian Grand Prix is something of another home race for us. This week, it's Carlos's turn to do the honours and take you on a virtual lap of the Red Bull Ring, the circuit which this weekend hosts the ninth round of the Formula 1 World Championship.


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The Spielberg track is right in the heart of the Austrian countryside in the Styria region. 4.3 kilometres in length, it winds its way around a hillside, which provides a breathtaking backdrop to a track made up of climbs and drops that are truly unique on the F1 calendar. The drivers will find themselves tackling uphill sections with a 12% gradient and downhill parts with a slope of 9.3%.

The Austrian track features four straight sections, so that drivers used to spend 71% of the lap at full throttle, so far. It's clear therefore that this circuit is particularly demanding for the power unit and that fuel consumption is also very high. Despite the high speeds, cars run a reasonably high level of aerodynamic downforce to ensure good driveability through the few corners of this track. Therefore, good mechanical grip is vital, hence the tyres play a very important role here. That's why Pirelli is bringing the softest three compounds in its range: Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat will have the use of 2 sets of Yellow Soft tyres, 3 of the Red Supersoft and no less than 8 of the Purple Ultrasoft.

Both our drivers are ready and motivated, aiming for a good points score in what is a home Grand Prix for the entire Red Bull family. Let's hope they don't get distracted by the eye catching Formula Unas!