Formula One - Austrian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 22
SITE: Red Bull Ring -- Spielberg, Styria, Austria
TRACK: 4.326 km (2.688 miles), 9-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000+
ANNUAL: 27th (first since 2003)
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
START TIME: 8 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, June 21/8 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Michael Schumacher last won this race in '03
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen in '03.
POLE WINNER: Michael Schumacher in '03 (finished 1)
LAPS: 71
MILES: 190.773 (307.020 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2002 (1 min., 8.082 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2003 (1 hr., 24 mins., 4.888 secs.)
 
2003 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Michael Schumacher16Ralf Schumacher10
2Kimi Raikkonen27Mark Webber17
3Rubens Barrichello58Jarno Trulli6
4Jenson Button79Antonio Pizzonia8
5David Coulthard1410Cristiano da Matta13
2003 Austrian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 213,003 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 24 mins., 4.888 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.362 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 13
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 5
FASTEST LAP: Michael Schumacher, 1:08.337, Lap 41
POLE WINNER: Michael Schumacher (1:09.150)
Past Austrian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Not Held
2012 -- Not Held
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Not Held
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Not Held
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Not Held
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:24:04.888
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:33:51.562
2001 -- David Coulthard (7) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:27:45.927
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:28:15.818
1999 -- Eddie Irvine (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:28:12.438
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (3) -- McLaren -- 1:30:44.086
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (1) -- Williams -- 1:27:35.999
1996 -- Not Held
1995 -- Not Held
1994 -- Not Held
1993 -- Not Held
1992 -- Not Held
1991 -- Not Held
1990 -- Not Held
1989 -- Not Held
1988 -- Not Held
1987 -- Nigel Mansell (2) -- Williams -- 1:18:44.898
1986 -- Alain Prost (5) -- McLaren -- 1:21:22.531
1985 -- Alain Prost (1) -- McLaren -- 1:20:12.583
1984 -- Niki Lauda (4) -- McLaren -- 1:21:12.851
1983 -- Alain Prost (5) -- Renault -- 1:24:32.745
1982 -- Elio de Angelis (7) -- Lotus -- 1:25:02.212
1981 -- Jacques Laffite (4) -- Ligier -- 1:27:36.47
1980 -- Jean-Pierre Jabouille (2) -- Renault -- 1:26:15.73
1979 -- Alan Jones (2) -- Williams -- 1:27:38.01
1978 -- Ronnie Peterson (1) -- Lotus -- 1:41:21.57
1977 -- Alan Jones (14) -- Shadow -- 1:37:16.49
1976 -- John Watson (2) -- Penske -- 1:30:07.86
1975 -- Vittorio Brambilla (8) -- March -- 0:57:56.69
1974 -- Carlos Reutemann (2) -- Brabham -- 1:28:44.72
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson (2) -- Lotus -- 1:28:48.78
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1) -- Lotus -- 1:29:16.66
1971 -- Jo Siffert (1) -- BRM -- 1:30:23.91
1970 -- Jacky Ickx (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:42:17.30
1969 -- Not Held
1968 -- Not Held
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Not Held
1964 -- Lorenzo Bandini (7) -- Ferrari -- 2:06:18.23
 
NOTE: Austrian Grand Prix previously held at: A1-Ring (1997-2003),
Osterreichring (1970-87) and Zeltweg Airfield (1964).
 
Past Austrian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Not Held
2012 -- Not Held
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Not Held
2009 -- Not Held
2008 -- Not Held
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Not Held
2004 -- Not Held
2003 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 2
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 3
1998 -- Giancarlo Fisichella -- 15
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 1
1996 -- Not Held
1995 -- Not Held
1994 -- Not Held
1993 -- Not Held
1992 -- Not Held
1991 -- Not Held
1990 -- Not Held
1989 -- Not Held
1988 -- Not Held
1987 -- Nelson Piquet -- 2
1986 -- Teo Fabi -- 15
1985 -- Alain Prost -- 1
1984 -- Nelson Piquet -- 2
1983 -- Patrick Tambay -- 15
1982 -- Nelson Piquet -- 11
1981 -- Rene Arnoux -- 2
1980 -- Rene Arnoux -- 9
1979 -- Rene Arnoux -- 6
1978 -- Rene Arnoux -- 1
1977 -- Niki Lauda -- 2
1976 -- James Hunt -- 4
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 6
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 23
1973 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 11
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 1
1971 -- Jo Siffert -- 1
1970 -- Jochen Rindt -- 19
1969 -- Not Held
1968 -- Not Held
1967 -- Not Held
1966 -- Not Held
1965 -- Not Held
1964 -- Graham Hill -- 20
Last Race Results
RACE: Canadian Grand Prix (June 8)
SITE: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
LAPS: 70
MILES: 189.694 (305.270 km)
WINNER: Daniel Ricciardo
RUNNER-UP: Nico Rosberg
THIRD: Sebastian Vettel
FOURTH: Jenson Button
FIFTH: Nico Hulkenberg
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 39 mins., 12.830 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 184.613 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.236 secs.
Austrian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Red Bull Racing-Renault
3Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Red Bull Racing-Renault
4Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
6Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Ferrari
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Lotus-Renault
9Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden)Caterham-Renault
10Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan)Caterham-Renault
11Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Force India-Mercedes
13Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Lotus-Renault
14Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari
17Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
19Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Williams-Mercedes
20Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark)McLaren-Mercedes
21Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Sauber-Ferrari
22Jenson Button (Frome, England)McLaren-Mercedes
25Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Toro Rosso-Renault
26Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia)Toro Rosso-Renault
27Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Force India-Mercedes
44Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes
77Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Williams-Mercedes
99Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Sauber-Ferrari
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver199519961997199819992000200120022003
Nico Rosberg---------------------------
Lewis Hamilton---------------------------
Daniel Ricciardo---------------------------
Fernando Alonso------------------Ret---Ret
Sebastian Vettel---------------------------
Jenson Button---------------5Ret74
Kimi Raikkonen------------------4Ret2
Felipe Massa---------------------Ret---
 
Mover of the Week
Daniel Ricciardo - started 6 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Nico Rosberg
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lewis Hamilton) - retired after 56 laps
 
NOTES:
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.

06/18 09:27:27 ET

As of June 18, 2014, at 09:28 AM ET

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