Austrian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

The second edition of the Austrian Grand Prix after it became part again of the F1 calendar last year will take place this weekend. It will be held again at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on Sunday. The race will begin on 2pm local time (1pm GMT). Nico Rosberg won this race last year. Will he win again this year and keep up with Hamilton in the title race or will the British champion be able to take his first title here and extend his lead?

Overview

The first edition of the Austrian Grand Prix was held in 1963, but it was not held in some periods of time due to different reasons. It was removed from the F1 calendar in two occasions because of safety concerns and several attempts to revive it have been successful just for a number of years, but not in the long run. In 2003, the last edition of the race in Österreichring was held and the Austrian GP wasn’t included in the F1 calendar for a long time after that. Then, in 2013 Red Bull succeeded in reaching an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone and the race became part again of the F1 calendar last year.

This year, the second edition of the newly revived Austrian Grand Prix will again be held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. This track is basically a rennovated version of the old Österreichring track which was also used in old editions of the Austrian GP dating back to the 1960s. In 2011, Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz bought this track and renovations were made afterwards. He also renamed the track as the Red Bull Ring later.

This track has a lap distance of 4.326 kilometers. It has 9 turns, most of which are slow and two DRS zones. The first DRS zone is located between turns two and three and the second along the pit straight. The race here has 71 laps and covers a total distance of 307.146 kilometers. Last year, most teams used a two stop strategy here. For the third consecutive time since Monaco, Pirelli will again use the soft (yellow) and super-soft (red) compounds on this race.

Drivers

Most of the participants today in this race aren’t yet racing competitively when the old Austrian Grand Prix had its last edition in 2003. But when it was revived last year, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won it and he was followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton on second place. Rosberg and Hamilton started the race on third and ninth places respectively, but they were able to finish on the top two positions. The driver who began at the pole last year, Felipe Massa finished on fourth place. Perhaps this is an indication that starting at the pole isn’t very important here.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton is still the odds favorite of bookmakers here. The Briton has odds of 1.55 in Unibet. Nico Rosberg who comes in second to him has odds of 3.75 in Ladbrokes. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the only driver from the other teams who had already won a race this year has odds of 12 in William Hill for this race.

I think Hamilton will again be the winner in this race. He had won most of the races with ease and lost some of them because of the ‘mistakes’ made by his team. Like in my previous tips, I’ll back him again in this race. Hopefully his team will not make another ‘mistake’ which might cost him the race.