The quickest lap at the circuit in Spielberg should be seen in qualifying.

The French Grand Prix was hardly a classic as Lewis Hamilton romped to his sixth victory of the season to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.

The Mercedes driver led every lap from pole position and was only denied the equivalent of F1’s hat-trick when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel nicked the fastest lap off the Briton on the final tour.

Next up is the shortest track on the calendar in terms of time taken where a qualifying lap of the Red Bull Ring last year took just over 63 seconds to complete.

Here are our selections for the race in Austria.

Sub-63 seconds?

Since Formula One returned to Austria five years ago the time of the pole lap has rapidly improved, from 1:08.754 in 2014 to 1:03.130 last season.

It seems almost inevitable the Red Bull Ring will see its first sub-63 second lap recorded in qualifying on Saturday, and that a Mercedes driver will be on pole as Valtteri Bottas has claimed the last two, Hamilton the two before that.

Last year just 0.019s separated Bottas from Hamilton, so the odds are on both drivers to push one another below 63 seconds in qualifying.

Sainz showing form

Formula One Pre-Season Testing – Day Three – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Carlos Sainz and McLaren have been steadily improving this season (David Davies/PA)

Carlos Sainz endured a tough start to the season upon his arrival at McLaren, retiring in the opening two races in Australia and Bahrain, followed by a 14th-place finish in China.

Since then, however, the Spaniard has scored points in four of five races, notably finishing sixth in Monaco and France, and is the best of the rest in the drivers’ standings outside of the pairings at Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

As this year’s McLaren is clearly the team’s best for many a season, Sainz represents good value to add another top-six finish.

Haas horror

Formula One Pre-Season Testing – Day Three – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Romain Grosjean has retired four times this season (David Davies/PA)

At last year’s Austrian GP, Haas enjoyed what remains their best haul of points since they entered F1 when Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished fourth and fifth respectively.

But when it comes to reliability this season, the car has struggled, notably – and unfortunately for him – at the hands of Romain Grosjean who has retired in four of the eight races to date.

If you search around you can get 6/1 on a Haas being the first car to retire at Spielberg, and that is the way to go here.

Recommended bets

Both Mercedes drivers to record qualifying laps under 63 seconds.
Carlos Sainz to finish in the top six.
A Haas to officially retire first from the race.

Takeaways

There has never been a sub-63 second lap at the Red Bull Ring.
Carlos Sainz has finished sixth in two of his last three races.
A Haas has retired in four races this season, more than any other team.

The quickest lap at the circuit in Spielberg should be seen in qualifying.

The French Grand Prix was hardly a classic as Lewis Hamilton romped to his sixth victory of the season to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship.

The Mercedes driver led every lap from pole position and was only denied the equivalent of F1’s hat-trick when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel nicked the fastest lap off the Briton on the final tour.

Next up is the shortest track on the calendar in terms of time taken where a qualifying lap of the Red Bull Ring last year took just over 63 seconds to complete.

Here are our selections for the race in Austria.

Sub-63 seconds?

Since Formula One returned to Austria five years ago the time of the pole lap has rapidly improved, from 1:08.754 in 2014 to 1:03.130 last season.

It seems almost inevitable the Red Bull Ring will see its first sub-63 second lap recorded in qualifying on Saturday, and that a Mercedes driver will be on pole as Valtteri Bottas has claimed the last two, Hamilton the two before that.

Last year just 0.019s separated Bottas from Hamilton, so the odds are on both drivers to push one another below 63 seconds in qualifying.

Sainz showing form

Formula One Pre-Season Testing – Day Three – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Carlos Sainz and McLaren have been steadily improving this season (David Davies/PA)

Carlos Sainz endured a tough start to the season upon his arrival at McLaren, retiring in the opening two races in Australia and Bahrain, followed by a 14th-place finish in China.

Since then, however, the Spaniard has scored points in four of five races, notably finishing sixth in Monaco and France, and is the best of the rest in the drivers’ standings outside of the pairings at Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

As this year’s McLaren is clearly the team’s best for many a season, Sainz represents good value to add another top-six finish.

Haas horror

Formula One Pre-Season Testing – Day Three – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Romain Grosjean has retired four times this season (David Davies/PA)

At last year’s Austrian GP, Haas enjoyed what remains their best haul of points since they entered F1 when Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished fourth and fifth respectively.

But when it comes to reliability this season, the car has struggled, notably – and unfortunately for him – at the hands of Romain Grosjean who has retired in four of the eight races to date.

If you search around you can get 6/1 on a Haas being the first car to retire at Spielberg, and that is the way to go here.

Recommended bets

Both Mercedes drivers to record qualifying laps under 63 seconds.
Carlos Sainz to finish in the top six.
A Haas to officially retire first from the race.

Takeaways

There has never been a sub-63 second lap at the Red Bull Ring.
Carlos Sainz has finished sixth in two of his last three races.
A Haas has retired in four races this season, more than any other team.