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Historical Preview: Austrian GP

A short introduction of the past of the Austrian GP, before and after it's comeback to the F1 world in 2014.

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Historical Preview: Austrian GP
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This weekend the Austrian GP will take place for the 4th time since it's comeback in 2014.


The first ever Austrian GP related event was actually a non-championship race held in 1963, that was won by Jack Brabham. In the following year, 1964, the first ever proper GP was took place on the Zeltweg Airfield circuit, just like the even the year before, and it was won by Lorenzo Bandini. After that race, the track was abandoned, due to the fact that it was too narrow and very bumpy, and the areas for the spectators were very poor. For the 1970s until the 1987 the race was held on the Osterreichring track, which was a basis for the A-1 track and later purchased and rebuild to become the Red Bull Ring we know since 2014. Interestingly, the Austrian GP on Osterreichring was designated as the European GP in 1975, but afterwards it became the Austrian GP again. The A-1 ring that was basically a rebuild Osterreichring, held Formula One Races from 1997 till 2003, where drivers such as Michael Schumacher obtained the victory, but after a bad publicity after the 2003 season, the track was abandoned and the Austrian GP perished from the Formula One calendar. The A-1 ring was later purchased by the founder of Red Bull Gmbh Dietrich Mateschitz and rebuild. In 2012 Red Bull contacted FIA that they are interested in hosting the race on the renewed track. After they were granted the permission to organize, the Formula One racing came back to Austria in 2014 after 11 years of absence.

In the past 4 years, the P1 were dominated by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas drivers. Nico Rosberg won the race two consecutive times in 2014 and 2015. Lewis Hamilton won in 2016, and Valtteri Bottas won in 2017. The fastest lap of the track was made by Hamilton, with the time of 1:07.411s. In the 2017 season, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo joined Bottas on the podium.

The Red Bull Ring is known as the obligatory GP for every Red Bull Fan. It also became heavily occupied by a lot of Dutch fans since Max Verstappen joined Red Bull Racing.


The past four years brough a lot of interesting races, how will it be this year? How will the race look like? How will the championship standings form after this years Austrian GP? All of those questions will be answered the upcoming Sunday, 1st of July 2018.

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