Everything you need to know about the Austrian GP

The 2016 Formula 1 season continues with this week’s ninth race of the season, the Austrian Grand Prix. Before the action gets underway, make sure you’re up to speed with what to expect in Spielberg.

Venue: Spielberg, Styria, Austria

Race start time: 2pm local, 8pm HKT

Weather forecast: While the Mercury is expected to reach a mild 24C on Friday with only a few scattered showers about, the weather prediction for the remainder of the weekend is expected to get worse. Highs of 26C are expected on Saturday with plenty of showers about, with race day expected to suffer from rain throughout amidst temperatures of 22C.

Track: Red Bull Ring

Laps: 71

Track length: 4.326km

Lap record: 1:08.337 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2003)

2015 pole: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1:26.327

Tyre allocation: Hard (orange) Medium (white), and Soft (yellow)

DRS Zones: Two – the first following the sharp Turn 2 and the second on the back straight after Turn 9.

Last five winners in Australia:

2015: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2014: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2003: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2002: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2001: David Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes)

Broadcast schedule

(All times are HKT)

Friday, March 18

Practice Session 1 – 4pm – 5.30pm
Practice Session 2 – 8pm – 9.30pm

Saturday, March 19

Practice Session 3 – 5m – 6pm
Qualifying – 8pm – 9pm

Sunday, March 20

Main Race – 8pm – 10pm