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Tech Talk – Austria

Tech Talk – Austria

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
'Spielberg is a very different type of track to the last three, which have all been street or semi-street circuits with mostly slow corners. It’s a permanent facility with plenty of elevation change and a short lap, featuring just nine corners with a range of speeds. The short lap makes for a challenging weekend on the pit wall – particularly during qualifying. With lap times of just over a minute, the circuit can become extremely congested and decisions have to be made very quickly. The track has been completely re-surfaced for this year, which we understand to have made it extremely smooth and therefore likely to work the tyres quite differently. Combined with the softest allocation of compounds available, this means we could well see a pole time in the region of the circuit lap record. As a team we’ve been very strong at this circuit since it returned to the calendar in 2014, so our target is to continue that run. Having said that, we’ve seen significant variations in performance between the teams at different types of track so far this season. It’s been quite unpredictable, so we must ensure we are well prepared.'

2016 Austrian Grand Prix Timetable

Session Local Time (CEST) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 09:00 - 10:30 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 13:00 - 14:30 14:00 - 15:30
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00 - 15:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:00
Race 14:00 - 16:00 13:00 - 15:00 14:00 - 16:00

Weather.com Forecast (Accurate as of Monday 27 June)

Day Date Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Thursday 30 June 12 – 26°C PM Storm 90% 12mph SW 61%
Friday 01 July 14 – 26°C PM Showers 40% 10mph S 62%
Saturday 02 July 14 – 24°C Rain 80% 7mph E 68%
Sunday 03 July 13 – 23°C Showers 50% 8mph NNE 73%

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