Codemasters today revealed the latest circuit to feature from F1 2020’s Hot Lap series.
Ahead of this weekend’s revised season opener in Austria, the lap, on the stunning Red Bull Ring, was recorded by the F1 2020 development team and features Esteban Ocon in his striking Renault.
Returning to F1 in 1970 as the fearsome Osterreichring, the circuit known today as the Red Bull Ring, was created over the course of the 1995 to 1996 winter.
Hermann Tilke turned it into a much shorter and more modern race track, and it was opened in 1996 as the A1-Ring with Formula 1 began at the circuit the next year.
It is a short circuit, where the first half very much rewards power, as the cars race along three straights separated by a pair of uphill right-handers.
As the drivers work their way downhill, the circuit becomes a high speed alpine luge ride, as the cars navigate through a series of very quick corners, including the exhilarating Rindt right-hander, named for Austria’s first F1 champion.
In the free practices at the Austrian Grand Prix it has been Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas who have led the way before qualifying tomorrow.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon face extra pressure after Verstappen has won here for the past two years for Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel will be looking to put himself in contention for a seat with a team next season after it was announced that Ferrari were not renewing his contract for next season with Carlos Sainz moving from McLaren.
One destination for Vettel could be Renault as Daniel Ricciardo will be moving to McLaren after two campaigns with the French team.
All eyes will be on Austria as the first race post-COVID takes place.
F1 2020 Seventy Edition will release on Friday, July 10 for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Windows PC (DVD and via Steam), and Google Stadia (both editions).