Austrian Grand Prix
|Austrian Grand Prix|
|Circuit length km||4.326|
|Circuit length mi|
|Race length km||298.494|
|Race length mi|
|Most wins driver||Alain Prost (3)|
|Most wins constructor||McLaren (6)|
|Pole driver||Michael Schumacher|
|Fastest lap driver||Michael Schumacher|
|Fastest lap team||Ferrari|
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.
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.
Winners of the Austrian Grand Prix
Only includes World Championship events
|Number of wins||Driver||Achieved|
Year by Year
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