With Daniel Ricciardo putting an end to the seven-race winning streak by Mercedes and Ferrari to start the 2017 season, Formula One drivers head to Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton is the only driver in the current grid to boast a win on this track, and he’ll be hoping that trend continues as he continues to chase down Sebastian Vettel for the lead in the driver standings.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know to watch all the action at the ninth race of the season:
2017 Austrian Grand Prix Viewing Info
Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Start Time, Local: 2 p.m. in Spielberg (you can click here for the complete track schedule)
Start Time, UK: 1 p.m.
Start Time, United States: 8 a.m. ET
TV Channel, UK: Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports F1 (Coverage starts at 12:30 p.m.)
TV Channel, United States: CNBC (Coverage starts at 7:30 a.m. ET)
TV Channel, Worldwide: You can click here for a list of broadcasters in countries around the world
As previously mentioned, Hamilton is the only one in the field with a win at this track, but that’s due in large part because it only recently returned to the F1 rotation in 2014. Nico Rosberg won the first two races after that return, and Hamilton topped the podium last year.
Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen have both finished second here, and the latter is hoping for some wet conditions in the 2017 edition:
Last year it was only Mercedes dominating the field. Now there is Mercedes and Ferrari, so it got harder to finish on the podium. You have to be tricky, witty and stay out of trouble – and hope that the engine doesn’t give up on us! Maybe the weather will help us. Rain would be super welcome – sorry fans in the grandstands, but a wet race could make our day.
Verstappen has failed to finish in his last two races and four times overall this season, dropping him to sixth place in the standings, so even a repeat of last year’s second-place finish would go a long way in getting his season back on track.
Ultimately, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this one came down to Ferrari and Mercedes. After all, that’s been the case at nearly ever other race this year.