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Austrian GP predictions: Piastri’s podium chances, Mercedes to beat Ferrari

The 2024 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix will bring to a close a frenetic weekend at the Red Bull Ring. With an unbeatable Max Verstappen, Lando Norris in the hunt and a tight battle between Mercedes and Ferrari, will anyone be able to stop the World Champion at the home of Red Bull?

We at have predicted the top 10 positions for the Austrian GP 2024. And we encourage you, our readers, to make your own predictions for Sunday’s race as well.

2024 Austrian Grand Prix predictions

5. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is having a good weekend, but he hasn’t been able to overtake his teammate and Carlos Sainz so far. Still, we think the W15’s slight advantage over the SF-24 in pace will allow him to at least overtake the Spanish Ferrari driver.

Perhaps he can also hold off Oscar Piastri and fight for a higher place, but P5 is a good result for him and Mercedes to cut points off Ferrari in the Constructors’ World Championship.

4. Oscar Piastri
The Australian driver is having a very good weekend. Actually, he should start P3 for ‘pure’ pace, but he exceeded the track limits on his last lap of Q3 and will have to come back from P7 on Sunday.

He has a long way to recover and the rivals ahead of him also have a decent pace. However, we believe that McLaren has something more and that Piastri’s comeback to P4 is possible. Perhaps dreaming of a podium finish is maybe just too optimistic.

3. George Russell
The Mercedes driver has had a very solid weekend so far at the Red Bull Ring. After a well-deserved P4 leading the pack of Silver Arrows and Ferrari in the Sprint race, we think a podium is a realistic result for the British driver.

With this result, Mercedes could finally say loud and clear that they are already ahead of Ferrari in terms of performance.

2. Lando Norris
While Lando Norris has to be optimistic about having a chance to win, he also has to be realistic. Whether or not he can attack and overtake Verstappen as he did in the Sprint race, sooner or later Max Verstappen will always have the opportunity to attack him again. P2 is the most realistic result for him and he should be happy with that.

1. Max Verstappen
Nobody can stop Verstappen in Austria. Unless he has a run off track or an engine failure he will be the winner at the Red Bull Ring. The RB20 is on top of the MCL38 this weekend and Max is in an unmatched state of confidence.

The Milton Keynes based-team’s tyre wear was also very promising and everything is in Max’s favour as he has a whole orange grandstand behind him.