Formula One is heading for Spielberg, where the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Red Bull Ring. So far the 2017 Formula 1 season has proved to be a spectacular one, with a very close battle between Scuderia Ferrari and current champions Mercedes for the Constructors’ Championship, while Sebastian Vettel has been able to challeng the main Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton, in the fight for the F1 title.
What has been missing so far this season is a race on a wet track, as rain has not influenced the outcome of any Grand Prix during the first part of the championship, with just three rounds to go before the summer break. Mercedes seemed to have a better car on some tracks, while on other Scuderia Ferrari looked to be stronger, especially in the race, yet most frequently it all came down to getting the tyres to work at the best possible moment, given the temperatures and the track specifications.
Initial forecast for the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix indicated to the possibility of the first race which could take place in wet conditions, as thunderstorms were expected for the weekend in Spielberg, but apparently this scenario is now less likely to happen, as the most recent forecast on the weather.com online platform suggests a sunny and hot weekend. A 30% chance of rain is expected only on Friday and could affect the two practice sessions which will take place on the Red Bull Ring circuit. Scuderia Ferrari will therefore try to take advantage of the hot temperatures on race day and hope that tyre management will help the Maranello team compensate for the small power deficit the Ferrari unit is likely to have as compared to Mercedes.
Weather forecast for the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix race weekend: