Austrian Grand Prix 2020: What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

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Italian Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo Racing in action during the second practice session of the Austrian Formula One GP at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, 28 June 2019 (re-issued 27 April 2020). Formula 1 Group CEO Chase Carey posted a statement on the Formula 1 website on 27 April 2020 saying that the series is targeting to start the season by the beginning of July with the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg on 3-5 July being the first race - Shutterstock

What is it?

The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, the belated start of the Formula One season, which takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

When is it?

The first two free practice sessions are on Friday July 3, with final practice and qualifying on Saturday July 4. The Austrian Grand Prix itself is on Sunday July 5. 

What time does it start?

First practice will begin at 10am BST on Friday, second practice at 2pm the same day. Final practice begins at 11am on Saturday, with the first qualifying session of the year starting later at 2pm BST. The Grand Prix starts at the now customary time of 2.10pm BST on Sunday. 

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few. Their qualifying program starts at 1.30pm, with race coverage on Sunday at 1pm. 

Channel 4 also have highlights this season, and their qualifying coverage starts at 6.45pm on Saturday, with race highlights at 6.30pm on Sunday. 

You can also keep up to date throughout the race with Luke Slater right here at Telegraph Sport.

Watch the Austrian Grand Prix through Now TV for £9.99.

What do we know about the Red Bull Ring?

  • Circuit length:  4.318km
  • First grand prix:  1970 (as the Osterreichring)
  • Laps: 71
  • Race distance: 306.452km
  • Race lap record: 1.06.957 - Kimi Raikkonen, 2018
  • 2019 winner: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
  • Number of corners:  Officially 10 but it's really nine as turn two is a complete non-event
  • Overtaking chances:  Best chances are into the heaviest braking zones on the track, turn one and turn three, both uphill right-handers which have the opportunity for contact if someone misjudges it all. 

What are the odds (top six)?

  • Lewis Hamilton 2/1
  • Max Verstappen 2/1
  • Charles Leclerc 5/1
  • Valtteri Bottas 6/1
  • Sebastian Vettel 13/2
  • Alexander Albon 25/1

What is our prediction?

It's really hard to look beyond Mercedes here, although Red Bull have gone very well at the track which bears their name in the last two years. You'd expect Max Verstappen to be in the mix but Red Bull have been slow starters traditionally. But I think between the two Mercedes and Verstappen. Bottas has taken two pole positions here and the track suits his style, so he may be close to Hamilton on Saturday. I'm backing him to repeat his feat of winning the opening race of 2019 this year, too. 

Podium prediction: 1st Bottas 2nd Hamilton 3rd Verstappen