Austrian F1 Grand Prix 2016: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2016

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 1, 2016 in Spielberg, Austria.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Formula One world championship leader Nico Rosberg will be looking to continue his fine form at the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, hoping to make it three straight wins at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton closed the gap at the top of the standings with wins in Monaco and Canada, but Rosberg halted his streak in Baku and remains the clear favourite to win this year's title.

The Red Bull Ring is a fast track that favours the more powerful cars, and while Red Bull and Ferrari have shown some promise this season, the two Mercedes rivals should once again take centre stage in Austria. Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's race.

Date: Sunday, July 3

Race Time: 1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET

TV: Sky Sports F1 and HD, Channel 4 and HD, NBC

Live StreamSky GoALL 4NBC Sports Live Extra

For a look at the full field of drivers, visit Formula One's official website.

Preview

As shared by F1 Fanatic's official YouTube channel, Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg believes the Red Bull Ring is a technical track, despite its wide-open corners and short length:

Two long straights and few low-speed corners make for a fast and spectacular track, however, and one that should suit Mercedes and cars powered by their engines. The Silver Arrows' bid to increase their advantage over Ferrari even further will be boosted by a grid penalty for Sebastian Vettel, per Sky Sports' James Galloway.

The Ferrari of the former world champion bothered him even more in practice, as he spun out on Friday. Per Autosport's Ian Parks and Mitchell Adam, Vettel explained what happened:

We had an issue with the brake distribution, which caught me by surprise.

We lost the last couple of minutes, but it didn't make too much of a difference.

[It's] not entirely clear where we are because we didn't have much running, in the afternoon in particular, but overall we should be OK.

Rosberg beat Hamilton in both practice sessions on Friday, underlining his dominance at the Red Bull Ring. The German knows the track very well, evidenced by his smart move to take the lead from the start last year, finding the inside line after starting from second place.

Qualifying and a good start will be key, as the long straights and medium-speed corners favour the leader. Rosberg has led several races almost from start to finish this year, and the Red Bull Ring offers the perfect profile for a similar race.

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives during the practice session of the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria in Spielberg, Austria on July 1, 2016.   / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC        (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/Getty Images

Further back, Red Bull will face a stern test from Williams and Force India, whose raw pace should translate well. Force India in particular have taken a big step forward in recent weeks, and the team should fancy their chances of pushing for a podium spot, particularly following Vettel's penalty.

One major factor to keep an eye on is the weather, which can change fast at high altitude. Red Bull's Max Verstappen is an excellent driver in the rain, and the medium-speed corners that litter the final sector of the track should negate some of the disadvantages Red Bull's Renault engines will have in Austria.

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