F1 Grand Prix – Austria

Austrian Grand Prix - Speedyreg
Austrian Grand Prix – Speedyreg

In the scenic heart of the Austrian alpine countryside, the Red Bull Ring circuit is pretty spectacular. The Austrian GP has been in and out of the Formula 1 calendar, returning in 2014 after an eleven year break. The race revival was the idea of Red Bull who had bought the Austrian A1-Ring circuit, and named it after themselves.  

The race has a total distance of 306.452 km, with 71 laps of the 4.318 km circuit. The current lap record is held by Kimi Raikkonen who achieved a lap of 1:06.957 in 2018.

Austrian Grand Prix Facts

  • The only Austrian to ever with the Austrian Grand Prix was Niki Lauda in 1984, he then went on to win the World Championship.
  • David Coulthard takes the record for the most podium finishes at this circuit.
  • In 1987 Stefan Johansson hit a deer on the track. Luckily he wasn’t seriously injured and went on to finish the race in 7th place.
  • Alain Prost is the only driver to win the Austrian Grand Prix three times.
  • The last Grand Prix to include a female driver was the Austrian Grand Prix in 1976. Lella Lombardi finished 12th.
  • In 1975, Vittorio Brambillo won the race. He was so excited, punching the air, he lost control and crashed into a wall.
  • The Red Bull Ring has the fastest lap time but is only the fourth shortest circuit overall. Brazil, Mexico and Monaco are all shorter.

Last year’s podium

1st – Max Verstappen for Red Bull

2nd – Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari

3rd – Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari

TV Coverage and Times

Practice – Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June

Start times are:

Practice 1 – 10:00 on Friday

Practice 2 – 2:00pm on Friday

Practice 3 – 11:00am on Saturday

All three practice session will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 with coverage starting around 15 minutes before start time.

Qualifying – Saturday 29th June

Qualifying starts at 2:00pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 from 1:00pm. Channel 4 will be showing highlights later in the day.

Race Day – Sunday 30th June

Race Day coverage starts at 12:30pm on Sky Sports F1. Pit Lane Live begins at 1:10pm and the race starts at 2:10pm. Again you can see highlights after the race on Channel 4.

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