F1: Austria GP Preview, Scuderia Ferrari 2017
F1 returns to the European heartland this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix to start a stretch of races on the continent taking us to the beginning of this Fall.
Austria returned to the F1 calendar in Y 2014 after an 11-year absence at the redesigned and re-branded Red Bull Ring, with the race since becoming a favorite among racing drivers, racing fans and racing teams.
While it may be Red Bull Racing’s home race, it is Mercedes who has ruled the roost in recent years with 3 straight victories between Nico Rosberg (2) and Lewis Hamilton (1).
Mr. Hamilton arrives in Austria looking to bounce back from a difficult Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend that saw him lose more ground on title rival Sebastian Vettel following a controversial clash.
Contact between Messers Hamilton and Vettel behind the safety car saw the latter receive an in-race penalty for dangerous driving, but escaped further punishment after making a formal apology.
Mr. Hamilton was unimpressed by his rival’s actions, acting as the 1st needle between the title contenders in Y 2017 after a cordial start to their battle through the opening 7 races.
The Big Q1: With a 14-point lead, can Mr. Vettel move on and extend his advantage in Austria?
The Big Q2: Or will Mr. Hamilton bounce back and cut the gap at the top?
All will be revealed in Spielberg this weekend…
|NYSE:RACE||85.7||6 July 2017||-0.59||85.48||86.05||85.08||375,200|
|HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE:||Overall||Short||Intermediate||Long|
|Bullish (0.25)||Neutral (-0.01)||Bullish (0.30)||Bullish (0.46)|
Coverage in the USA begins Friday on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 4:00a EDT with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 8:00a EDT, which will air on NBCSN at 3:00p EDT.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream Practice 3 Saturday at 5:00a EDT, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of qualifying at 8:00a EDT.
Live race coverage from Austria begins Sunday at 7:30a EDT on CNBC.
NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday at 2:00p EDT.
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