Austrian Grand Prix GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 14:00 PM29/06/2018
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2018 Austrian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know

The Austrian Grand Prix is just around the corner. The F1 Austria racing event has a long history, having been hosted in two different places in southeastern Austria: first, it was at the Zeltweg Airfield where it was hosted for two years before a permanent racetrack (the Osterreichring) was put up in 1969 and it hosted the prestigious championship the following year.

The 2018 Austrian Grand Prix will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria between 29 June – 01 July.

Short History

Jack Brabham won the first non-championship F1 race in 1963 at the Zeltweg Airfield race track. The following year, the first ever championship race was organized at the same venue, and this time round, Lorenzo Bandini, an Italian, took home the win using a Ferrari at the Austrian Grand Prix track.

Even though the event was successful, the race track was not F1 standard; not only was it narrow and bumpy, the spectators complained that the viewing areas were neither appropriate nor suitable for such a high profile event. Therefore, the FIA took action by cancelling the race so it no longer was on Formula 1 Schedule.

After Osterreichring was built, it hosted the event from 1970 till 1987, and the race track was extremely popular with the drivers. However, the 1987 edition of the race had to be restarted twice due to accidents, and this unfortunate event led to the track being marked as too dangerous because of the narrow pit-straight grid, and the FIA once again removed it from their calendars for more than a decade.

The race was restored in 1997 after the establishment of the A1 Ring in Spielberg. The Spielberg Austria circuit hosted seven F1 races thereafter before falling out of the calendar in 2004 due to financial constraints.

However, Red Bull, the energy drinks company from Austria, and also the owner of F1’s World Champion team, bought the circuit, completed over-the-top redevelopment works on the field, and re-branded the venue to A1 Ring, which has hosted several races including Renault’s World Series and DTM.

As already mentioned, while Austria has hosted many F1 events in the past, it has been quite a while before the prestigious tournament was organized there. Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Austria F1 teams featured consistently in the Formula One calendar at the Osterreichring but took a break before returning the sport back to the country, although this time, the venue is at the new-look Red Bull Ring.

Red Bull issued a statement indicating that the F1 was set to return to the Red Bull Ring for the first time in 14 years. So, if you love watching these races, then you need to get to Styria before the end of June to book a spot for yourself in this action packed car racing edition.

If you are looking to take part in this year’s Austrian Grand Prix, either as a spectator or a gambler, then you might be interested in the top drivers likely to make an impact in the championship.

The top racers who have the highest chances of winning the F1 Grand Prix 2018 taking place in Austria include the following.

Sebastian Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo

Good news for F1 fans in Austria: Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1 Ring, is back in business for this year’s edition of the F1 Austria. The schedule has been altered slightly to ensure the event will happen in early July rather than late June, and F1 Red Bull tickets are already on sale. All you Austria F1 race junkies out there now have something to look forward to in the next couple of weeks and you need to prepare yourself for an explosive edition of the Red Bull Austria F1 event.

Sebastian Vettel is a German racer specializing in Formula One championship, he is currently signed to Scuderia Ferrari. He has won the F1 World Championship four consecutive times from 2010 to 2013 with Red Bull Racing. Vettel put in a good performance in last year’s season where he finished third in the Australian Grand Prix.

However, he failed to participate in the Bahrain Grand Prix after his car broke down during the formation lap. He finished second in the Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel has proven to be in a good form this year because he achieved his 43rd career victory at the Australian Grand Prix. He also won the Monaco Grand Prix and is expected to make an appearance in the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

The Finnish racer, nicknamed “The Ice Man”, signed with Ferrari and competes in the Formula One championship. In last year’s season, Raikkonen had a bad start at the Australian Grand Prix when his airbox caught fire; thus, he had to retire from the first race. He competed in the Bahrain Grand Prix and finished in second place. In the Chinese Grand Prix, Raikkonen collided with his team mate Sebastian Vettel but still managed to clinch position 5.

He also took part in the Russian Grand Prix where he was placed in the third position. He went on to participate in the Spanish Grand Prix and finished in position two. This year’s season looks promising for the Finnish racer as he gained his first pole position in 129 races in Monaco. He will participate in the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo is an Australian racer currently competing in the F1 for Red Bull Racing. He competed in the last year’s season at both the Australian and Bahrain Grand Prix where he finished at position 4. He did not have much luck at the Chinese Grand Prix because he suffered a tyre blowout and finished at position 4. He later on competed in the Spanish Grand Prix and came third. He scored his first pole position at Monaco Grand Prix where he finished at position 2.

In this year’s season, he qualified for the 2018 Australian Grand Prix but received a 5-place grid penalty. We’ll have to wait and see how he will perform come July when he’ll compete at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Good news for F1 fans in Austria: Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1 Ring, is back in business for this year’s edition of the F1 Austria. The schedule has been altered slightly to ensure the event will happen in early July rather than late June, and F1 Red Bull tickets are already on sale. All you Austria F1 race junkies out there now have something to look forward to in the next couple of weeks and you need to prepare yourself for an explosive edition of the Red Bull Austria F1 event.

Hamilton is a British Formula One racer currently competing for Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He has won the F1 World Championship three times and is regarded as one of the greatest racers to ever compete in the prestigious Formula One Championship. “F1 Lewis Hamilton” has quickly gained traction in search engines as people are looking to find out more about the one who could become a true legend in the racing world.

Red Bull Ring Will See Astonishing Competition

The middle of the season is approaching really fast and the competition in the Formula One calendar 2018 is getting fierce. All top drivers are looking to go a bit higher in the standings and the Austrian Grand Prix 2016 showed this exact thing last year. Spielberg, Austria will definitely witness spectacular moments and we should all be preparing for this stunning event.

Rating of applicants
Drivers Nationality Car Points
1
Sebastian-Vettel
Sebastian Vettel
GER FERRARI 141
2
Lewis-Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
GBR MERCEDES 129
3
Valtteri Bottas
FIN MERCEDES 93
4
Kimi Räikkönen
FIN FERRARI 73
5
Daniel Ricciardo
AUS RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 67
6
Max Verstappen
NED RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 45
7
Sergio Perez
MEX FFORCE INDIA MERCEDES 44
8
Esteban Ocon
FRA FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 27
9
Carlos Sainz
ESP TORO ROSSO 25
10
Felipe Massa
BRA WILLIAMS MERCEDES 20
11
Nico Hulkenberg
GER RENAULT 18
12
Romain Grosjean
FRA HAAS FERRARI 10
13
Kevin Magnussen
DEN HAAS FERRARI 5
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