Piola: How F1 teams coped in the Austrian heat

Piola: How F1 teams coped in the Austrian heat

The European heatwave impacted on the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, and arguably cost Mercedes its perfect start to the 2019 season. Here's how the grid coped with the sweltering conditions

Only a week separated the French and the Austrian rounds of the 2019 Formula 1 season, and therefore there were no wholesale technical changes of which to speak at the Red Bull Ring. Instead, there was a modest selection of scheduled tweaks and little debugs made to cope with the demands of the Spielberg track.

The biggest changes were made to the cooling packages on the cars to help them cope with the sweltering Austrian conditions - a phrase that's seldom in a meteorologist's lexicon.

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