The 2014 Austrian GP preview: Everything you need to know about the race!

F1 returns to Austria for the first time since 2003

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 18/06/14 11:39am

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The 2014 Austrian GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

F1 returns to Austria for the first time since 2003 after a thrilling excursion to North America where Daniel Ricciardo picked up Red Bull's first win of the season - a feat the World Champions will be keen to repeat at their home race.

So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.

The 2014 Austrian GP in a nutshell

Track: The Red Bull Ring. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (2pm local).

Laps: 71.

Track length: 4.326 km.

Tyre allocation: Soft (yellow) and supersoft (red).

DRS Zones: Two (Between Turns Two & Three and on the pitstraight).

Driver steward: Tom Kristensen.

Lap record: Michael Schumacher - 1:08.670 (Ferrari; 2003).

2003 pole: Michael Schumacher - 1:09.150 (Ferrari).

Michael Schumacher: Winner in 2003

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Thursday 19th June
2pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!

Friday 20th June
8:45am - Austrian GP Practice One - Live!
11am - GP2 Practice - Live!
12:45pm - Austrian GP Practice Two - Live!
2:50pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
4pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
5pm - The F1 Show - Live!

Saturday 21st June
8:45am - GP3 Qualifying - Live!
9:45am - Austrian GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - Austrian GP Qualifying - Live!
2:35pm - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
4:15pm - GP3 Race One - Live!

Sunday 22nd June
8:20am - GP3 Race Two - Live!
9:30am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
11:30am - The 2014 Austrian GP - Track Parade - Live!
12pm - The 2014 Austrian GP - Race - Live! !
3:30pm - The 2014 Austrian GP - Paddock Live!

Form guide

Of the current drivers on the grid only Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have driven at the circuit in the past, with the Finn unique amongst the quartet to stand on the podium having finished second for McLaren in 2003.

Kimi Raikkonen: Only current F1 driver to stand on Austria podium

Tyre allocation

Pirelli will bring the yellow-marked soft and red-banded soft to Austria meaning the two softest tyres in their range have been used for three successive grands prix.

"The Red Bull Ring in Austria, which is new to the Formula 1 calendar, contains several tight and twisty sections requiring the two tyres that produce the maximum mechanical grip, even at relatively low speeds. Tarmac roughness in Austria is also very low," the Italian firm said.

Sky Bet odds

Lewis Hamilton is favourite for the Austrian Grand Prix with Sky Bet, despite being outperformed by Nico Rosberg at the previous two races. Check out the full range of odds here.

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