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#AustrianGP 2023: Great anticipation among the F1 drivers

And so it begins! The teams and drivers of motorsport’s highest echelon have arrived at Spielberg.
Max Verstappen bei der Auftaktpressekonferenz zum Österreich GP

The first item on their list of engagements came on Thursday afternoon with the opening press conference for the Formula 1 Rolex Großer Preis von Österreich 2023. One thing was immediately apparent from the drivers’ comments to the assembled media representatives, namely their eager anticipation of the race weekend.

For Oracle Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen, the home race is very special. “It’s a really nice feeling to see all the fans at the track,” said the world champion, whose presence has once again attracted hordes of Dutch fans to the Red Bull Ring. Despite being the favourite, he refuses to be drawn on the prospects of a fifth Spielberg victory: “At the moment, all we can do is speculate. So much can happen in the meantime, so let’s wait for Sunday.”

It’s a really nice feeling to see all the fans at the track.
Max Verstappen — Oracle Red Bull Racing

The Formula 1 action begins as early as 17:00 tomorrow afternoon, when the starting grid for the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday will be contested. The teams haven’t really got all that much time to find the right setup, as there is only one practice session beforehand (Friday 13:30 ‑ 14:30). AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries is hoping for a positive upturn in fortunes at Spielberg: “The weather will also play a big role. The field is close together, so it’s not only about the performance of the car, but also about making the right decisions.”

In addition to the main action from F1, spectators can also look forward to some highly competitive racing in Formula 2, Formula 3 and the Porsche Supercup. Although home fans have no Austrian contestants to cheer on in the Formula 2 and Formula 3 series, BWT Lechner Racing are once again the measure of all things in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The local outfit currently leads the team classification, while their top driver, Harry King (GBR), is number one in the drivers’ standings.

Huber Racing, who also compete under the red-white-red flag, have recruited two well-known Austrian guest starters for the occasion – Luca Rettenbacher and Horst Felbermayr. Their team-mate is none other than multiple MotoGP championship winner Jorge Lorenzo (ESP).

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