Formula One - Austrian Grand Prix Preview


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Date: Sunday, June 22

Start Time: 8 a.m. ET

Site: Red Bull Ring -- Spielberg, Styria, Austria

Track: 4.326 km (2.688 miles), 9-turn road course

Laps: 71

Miles: 190.773 (307.020 km)

Capacity: 100,000+

Total purse:


Year: 27th (first since 2003)

On TV: NBC Sports Network


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Race record: Michael Schumacher, 2003 (1 hr., 24 mins., 4.888 secs.)

Qualifying record: Rubens Barrichello, 2002 (1 min., 8.082 seconds)

2003 Finish

Defending champion: Michael Schumacher last won this race in '03

Runner up: Kimi Raikkonen in '03.

Pole winner: Michael Schumacher (1:09.150)

Top 10:

1. Michael Schumacher (Start: 1)

2. Kimi Raikkonen (2)

3. Rubens Barrichello (5)

4. Jenson Button (7)

5. David Coulthard (14)

6. Ralf Schumacher (10)

7. Mark Webber (17)

8. Jarno Trulli (6)

9. Antonio Pizzonia (8)

10. Cristiano da Matta (13)

Average speed: 213,003 kph

Time of race: 1 hr., 24 mins., 4.888 secs.

Margin of victory: 3.362 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

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2003 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:24:04.888

2002 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:33:51.562

2001 David Coulthard, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:27:45.927

2000 Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:28:15.818

1999 Eddie Irvine, Ferrari, 1:28:12.438

1998 Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, 1:30:44.086

1997 Jacques Villeneuve, Williams, 1:27:35.999

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1987 Nigel Mansell, Williams, 1:18:44.898

1986 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:21:22.531

1985 Alain Prost, McLaren, 1:20:12.583

1984 Niki Lauda, McLaren, 1:21:12.851

1983 Alain Prost, Renault, 1:24:32.745

1982 Elio de Angelis, Lotus, 1:25:02.212

1981 Jacques Laffite, Ligier, 1:27:36.47

1980 Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Renault, 1:26:15.73

1979 Alan Jones, Williams, 1:27:38.01

1978 Ronnie Peterson, Lotus, 1:41:21.57

1977 Alan Jones, Shadow, 1:37:16.49

1976 John Watson, Penske, 1:30:07.86

1975 Vittorio Brambilla, March, 0:57:56.69

1974 Carlos Reutemann, Brabham, 1:28:44.72

1973 Ronnie Peterson, Lotus, 1:28:48.78

1972 Emerson Fittipaldi, Lotus, 1:29:16.66

1971 Jo Siffert, BRM, 1:30:23.91

1970 Jacky Ickx, Ferrari, 1:42:17.30

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1964 Lorenzo Bandini, Ferrari, 2:06:18.23

Last race

Race: Canadian Grand Prix (June 8)

Site: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Miles: 189.694 (305.270 km)

Laps: 70

Finish line order: Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg

Time of Race: 1 hr., 39 mins., 12.830 secs.

Average speed: 184.613 kph

Margin of victory: 4.236 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes:

Lap leaders:

Entry list

#1 Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#3 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Red Bull Racing-Renault

#4 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#6 Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes

#7 Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Ferrari

#8 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Lotus-Renault

#9 Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden) Caterham-Renault

#10 Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan) Caterham-Renault

#11 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Force India-Mercedes

#13 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Lotus-Renault

#14 Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari

#17 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Marussia-Ferrari

#19 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

#20 Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark) McLaren-Mercedes

#21 Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico Sauber-Ferrari

#22 Jenson Button (Frome, England) McLaren-Mercedes

#25 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Toro Rosso-Renault

#26 Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia) Toro Rosso-Renault

#27 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Force India-Mercedes

#44 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes

#77 Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Williams-Mercedes

#99 Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Sauber-Ferrari

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Felipe Massa Ret


The Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria is the eighth round on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

Even though the last Austrian GP was 11 years ago, there are four drivers on the grid who have F1 racing experience at this circuit when it was known as the A1-Ring. Jenson Button has made four appearances here from 2000-2003. Button's best result here came at the most recent race in 2003 when he qualified seventh and finished fourth for BAR/Honda.

Kimi Raikkonen has three Austrian GPs to his credit. In 2001, he started ninth for Sauber and finished fourth to claim the second of four points finishes in his debut season. In 2002, having moved to McLaren, his race was stopped after seven laps with engine failure, but the following year, again with McLaren, he qualified and finished in second place.

Fernando Alonso has raced here twice, with Minardi in 2001 and with Renault in 2003. On both occasions, he failed to finish. His first attempt was ended by gearbox trouble after 38 laps and an engine problem saw him exit the '03 race after 44 laps.

Felipe Massa raced at the A1-Ring for Sauber in his debut season, 2002. He qualified seventh but retired from the grand prix with a suspension problem after seven laps.

Two other current drivers have racing experience here: McLaren's Kevin Magnussen raced at the circuit last year in Formula Renault 3.5 Series with DAMS. Magnussen finished both weekend races in third place. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat raced at the Red Bull Ring in 2012 in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps. Kvyat won both races of the fifth-round weekend.

Kvyat's Toro Rosso teammate, Jean-Eric Vergne, has driven the Red Bull Ring but only in a show car run for sister team Red Bull Racing in 2013. Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have also visited the track, Ricciardo for a filming day, while Vettel drove the track last month, piloting a 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 for a promotional film about F1's return to Austria.

McLaren is the most successful team at the Austrian GP with six wins. The victories came in 1984 with Niki Lauda, in 1985-86 with Alain Prost, in 1998 and 2000 with Mika Hakkinen and in 2001 with David Coulthard. The next most successful team is Ferrari with five wins (1964, '70, '99, 2002 and '03) and Lotus with four (1972, '73, '78 and '82).

Alain Prost has the most victories of any driver at the Austrian GP. Prost won in 1983 with Renault and then took back-to-back wins for McLaren in 1985-86.

Red Bull Ring's current configuration largely mirrors that of the A1-Ring where the race was won from pole position three times in seven events. Jacques Villeneuve won from the front of the grid in 1997, as did Mika Hakkinen in 2000 and Michael Schumacher in 2003. The A1-Ring race was only won from further back than third on the grid once, in 2001, when David Coulthard started in seventh position.

Round 9 in this year's F1 world championship is the July 6 British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England. Nico Rosberg won last year's race there.

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