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Austrian Grand Prix

Circuit A1 Ring.png
Austrian Grand Prix
Flag 22px-Flag of Austria.png
Circuit A1-Ring
Laps 69
Circuit length km 4.326
Circuit length mi
Race length km 298.494
Race length mi
Most wins driver 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost (3)
Most wins constructor 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren (6)
Current year 2003
Winner 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher
Winning team 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari
Winning time 1:24:04.888
Pole driver 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher
Pole team 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari
Pole time 1:09.150
Fastest lap driver 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher
Fastest lap team 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari
Fastest lap 1:08.337


The Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One race.

The first event, in 1964, was held at a race track on the Zeltweg Airfield. The race was a success, but the track was deemed too dangerous; it was narrow and very bumpy, and spectators complained of poor viewing areas. The FIA removed the race from the F1 calendar until a suitable track was built.

From 1970 until 1987, the event was held at the Österreichring (also located near Zeltweg). These events were moderately successful, but in 1987, this track was also deemed too dangerous, by FIA standards, whereupon the event disappeared for a decade.

In 1995 and 1996, the track was refurbished and brought up to date, which allowed the race to run again in 1997. Since the larger portion of the modernized track, which was renamed A1-Ring after a sponsor, is located on the municipal territory of Spielberg, Spielberg was now given as the site of the Grand Prix. It was a mainstay on the calendar until hosting its final race in 2003.

Barrichello is forced to let Schumacher pass in 2002.

The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix received negative publicity after Ferrari instructed Rubens Barrichello to cede his victory to Michael Schumacher.

The grandstands and pit buildings were demolished in 2004, rendering the track unusable for any motorsport category. In later 2004 and early 2005, there were intense discussions whether the owner, Red Bull, would find another use for the site or actually bring back motor sports to it. However, as of January 2005, this seems more unlikely than ever, as Dietrich Mateschitz publicly announced that he had no intention to waste money on a deficitary circuit. This failure of the project, which was of considerable importance for the surrounding municipalities, may even have serious political repercussions, as Styrian governor Waltraud Klasnic had strongly supported the project.

However, in April 2008 the current owners of the track , Red Bull, have decided to restore the track as a racing venue and DTM Chief are considering to return there for a race in 2009.


Records

Winners of the Austrian Grand Prix

Repeat Winners

Only includes World Championship events

Number of wins Driver Achieved
3 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost 1986
2 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson 1978
22px-Flag of Australia.png Alan Jones 1979
22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 2000
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 2003


Year by Year

A light gray background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2003 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari A1-Ring Report
2002 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari A1-Ring Report
2001 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes A1-Ring Report
2000 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes A1-Ring Report
1999 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine Ferrari A1-Ring Report
1998 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes A1-Ring Report
1997 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault A1-Ring Report
1996
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1988
Not held
1987 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Österreichring Report
1986 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Porsche Österreichring Report
1985 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Porsche Österreichring Report
1984 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Porsche Österreichring Report
1983 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Renault Österreichring Report
1982 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Elio de Angelis Lotus-Ford Österreichring Report
1981 22px-Flag of France.png Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra Österreichring Report
1980 22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault Österreichring Report
1979 22px-Flag of Australia.png Alan Jones Williams-Ford Österreichring Report
1978 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Österreichring Report
1977 22px-Flag of Australia.png Alan Jones Shadow-Ford Österreichring Report
1976 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Watson Penske-Ford Österreichring Report
1975 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Vittorio Brambilla March-Ford Österreichring Report
1974 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann Brabham-Ford Österreichring Report
1973 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Österreichring Report
1972 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Österreichring Report
1971 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert BRM Österreichring Report
1970 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx Ferrari Österreichring Report
1969
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1965
Not held
1964 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari Zeltweg Airfield Report
1963 22px-Flag of Australia.png Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Zeltweg Airfield Report



Races in the Formula One championship:
2007 championship Grand Prix events:

Australian | Malaysian | Bahrain | Spanish | Monaco | Canadian | U.S. | French | British
German | European| Hungarian | Turkish | Italian | Belgian | Japanese | Chinese | Brazilian

Past championship Grand Prix events:

Argentine | Austrian | Dutch | Indy 500 | Las Vegas | Luxembourg | Mexican | Morocco
Pacific | Pescara | Portuguese | San Marino | South African | Swedish | Swiss | USA East | USA West

Confirmed future Grand Prix events:

Abu Dhabi | Korean | European | Singapore