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Austrian GP 2024: Are you fluent in F1?

Are you ready for the standout motorsport event of the year? Then test how well you speak F1.

The countdown to the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix 2024 has begun

An unforgettable racing weekend awaits you. On the one hand, the leading field of Red Bull Racing, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes will fight hard for victory, and on the other hand, the entertainment programme in the two fan zones promises a huge spectacle. You still have the chance to be there live and experience the unique atmosphere at the Red Bull Ring up close. Secure your ticket now!

Do you already have your ticket? Then let’s test how well you speak Formula 1?

Understeer vs. oversteer

Understeer means that you hit the barrier with the front of your car, and oversteer means that you hit it with the rear,” explains Kevin Magnussen with a broad grin. In both cases, it’s because the car is out of balance. When a car has oversteer, the rear is more unstable than the front and tends to break away. In the case of understeer, the weight of the car shifts onto the front axle going into corners and resists the driver’s efforts to change direction.

To the programme
Understeer means that you hit the barrier with the front of your car, and oversteer means that you hit it with the rear
Kevin Magnussen — f1 pilot

Undercut vs. overcut

If you can’t get past your opponent on the track, then try a bit of strategy. With an undercut, you come into the pits before the driver in front. If the undercut works as planned, you will be faster on the new tyres and may be able to pull out enough of a lead to stay in front after your opponent returns to the track from his own pit stop. The opposite move is the overcut. In this case, you stay on the track longer than the driver in front and aim to set fast lap times despite being on older tyres. If the overcut is successful, you will emerge from your later pit stop still ahead of your opponent.

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Graining vs. blistering vs. flat spot

If a tyre is subjected to too much stress, its surface can begin to disintegrate and shed granular rubber that sticks to the tarmac. The damage caused – ‘graining’ – impairs contact between the tyre and the tarmac. Blistering means that bubbles form on the tyre surface. This happens when the tyres overheat and the tread cracks open. Both graining and blistering will lead to a loss of grip. Even worse is a flat spot (‘Patschen’ in the Austrian dialect). A large part of the rubber layer is worn away by vigorous braking, making the tyre no longer perfectly round, which causes strong vibrations.

By the way: Pirelli will be bringing the softest set of tyre compounds (C3, C4, C5) to the Austrian Grand Prix.

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DRS stands for ‘Drag Reduction System’, the purpose of which is to make overtaking easier. If the gap between two contestants is under a second and the pursuing car is in the DRS zone, the driver can press a button to open a flap on the rear wing. This has the effect of reducing the car’s aerodynamic drag, resulting in a speed boost. The use of DRS is only permitted in the designated DRS zones.

Did you know? The Red Bull Ring is the only circuit on the F1 calendar to have three consecutive DRS zones.


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