We’re to the middle race of the three straight race weekend stretch on the F1 schedule. Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton topped the field for a win in France. Can he do so again in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN2)?
Here are the top five favorites.
This could be his chance to win for a second straight week and a fourth trip to the top step of the podium in the last six races. Hamilton, finished second in the race in 2014 and 2015 and won in 2016.
In practice this weekend, he was quickest in both sessions on Friday and second on Saturday. He rolls off second on Sunday too.
He can win again.
If not for getting punted by Sebastian Vettel in the first corner of the opening lap last weekend in France, Bottas likely would have secured his fifth runner-up finish of the season. That’s how fast his car has been. Now, he’s heading to a track where he’s the defending race winner and has led more laps at the Red Bull Ring than any other driver in the field.
Bottas, was second in each of the two sessions on Friday and third on Saturday. But, he starts on the pole though.
He’s only led five total laps in Austria and has finished with a DNF in half of his starts there, but Vettel can still contend on Sunday. This is a fast track and Ferrari’s have been at their best on circuits like this. Plus, he finished second in this race last year and has had three top two finishes in his last four starts on the season.
Vettel, was fastest in Saturday morning’s practice and fourth and third respectively on Friday. He qualified third but was later penalized for impeding Carlos Sainz Jr’s qualifying run. He was assessed a three position grid penalty and will now start sixth.
He’s on a roll and if trends serve true, he will win on Sunday. He finished third in Montreal, second in France and a win now in Austria? He was runner-up in this race in 2016. This weekend, he was third in the opening practice session of the weekend and fifth in the two following. He qualified fifth but with Vettel’s penalty will start fourth.
Last week, I put Charles Leclerc on this list. This week, I’m going with Grosjean. He has two straight top seven finishes in Austria and was seventh in all three practice sessions too. In qualifying, he improved to sixth quickest but then moved up a spot to fifth due to Vettel’s penalty.