Formula 1 vs Austrian Grand Prix (Race) Live Stream

The F1 Austria live stream is here, giving us a grandstand view of the ninth Grand Prix of the 2021 season — and it may also give us a touch of déjà vu. That's because it's taking place on the same circuit as last weekend's Styrian Grand Prix.

Yes, we're still at the Red Bull Ring in the Styrian mountains, with the F1 circus staying in the same place for successive races just as it did last year. In 2020, Mercedes tasted victory both times, but this season is shaping up very differently and instead it's Red Bull's Max Verstappen who will have his eye on back-to-back wins. 

Verstappen was dominant last time out, picking up his third victory in four races and extending his lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to 18 points.

But don't necessarily expect a carbon copy of the last Grand Prix: this weekend the teams will be using softer tire compounds, and that in turn could mean some opt for a two-stop strategy rather than one. That brings a certain amount of extra strategy into the race, with the potential for teams to gain (or lose) places as they manage their rubber. Temperatures are also a lot lower than last weekend, and that appears to better suit the Mercedes cars.

Yesterday's second practice session certainly indicated that the Silver Arrows have more of a chance here; Hamilton was quickest ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, with Verstappen in third. In the first session, the Red Bull man topped the timings. 

We won't really know who has the edge until qualifying later today, though, so we'll be watching that closely to see who snatches pole position.

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