Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Red Bull Ring ahead of the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix!
🇦🇹 RACE WINNERS
Since 1970, there have been 31 Formula 1 races held at the track now known as the Red Bull Ring. During that time, 23 different drivers have taken a victory at the circuit.
Alain Prost has the most wins here with three, while McLaren are the team with the most victories at the track with six. British and French drivers are tied for the most wins at the Austrian track, with five apiece, while German drivers lie just behind on four victories. Ford-powered cars have taken the most victories at this circuit, with nine. The last win by a Ford engine at this track was in 1982.
Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen are the only drivers to have taken back-to-back victories at the Austrian Grand Prix. No driver has taken more than two consecutive wins at the circuit.
Mercedes hold the record for the longest streak of wins at the track, winning four in a row between 2014 and 2017.
There are three previous winners of the Austrian Grand Prix on the 2020 grid. Max Verstappen has won the event twice, while Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas each have one victory here.
The longest streak of different winners at the Red Bull Ring came between 1970 and 1977, when eight different drivers won in as many years.
Only one race here has been won by over a lap. That was in 1986, when Alain Prost finished over a lap ahead of everyone else for McLaren. The smallest win margin here was a tiny 0.05 seconds in 1982. That’s the margin by which Elio de Angelis won for Lotus, after holding off Keke Rosberg as the pair battled for their debut race victories on the final lap.
Twenty races here have been won by less than ten seconds, while fourteen races here have been won by less than five seconds; including four since Formula 1 returned to the track in 2014. Six races at the circuit have been won by less than a second. This most recently happened in 2017.
From the last ten Austrian Grands Prix, the average win margin has been 3.961 seconds.
🇦🇹 ON THE PODIUM
51 different drivers have finished on the podium at this circuit.
David Coulthard has the most podium finishes here, with five. Coulthard’s five podiums came in consecutive years between 1997 and 2001. Ferrari are the team with the most podiums at the circuit, with their cars finishing in the top three on 23 occasions. Meanwhile, it’s British drivers who lead the way in the all-time list of nations’ top three finishes here. They have fifteen compared to Brazil’s thirteen.
There are seven drivers on the 2019 grid who have previously finished on the Austrian Grand Prix podium. Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen are all tied for the most podium finishes from the current field with three each. Sebastian Vettel has finished in the top three twice here previously, while Daniel Ricciardo scored his only Austrian Grand Prix podium finish so far in 2017. Charles Leclerc became the 51st different driver to finish on the podium here in 2019.
The polesitter at this track has gone on to finish on the podium eighteen times from the 31 races held.
The furthest back a podium finish at this track has come from is seventeenth on the grid. This happened in the very first race at the track, when Rolf Stommelen finished in third place having started down in seventeenth.
There have been only two races here where all the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish in the top three in the Grand Prix. It happened in 1999 and 2000. The 2000 Austrian Grand Prix is the only race at the circuit in which the top three qualifiers finished in the same order as they started.
There have been twenty different polesitters at this track since 1970.
Niki Lauda, Rene Arnoux and Nelson Piquet are all tied for the most poles in Austria, with three each. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have the opportunity to join that group in 2020. Ferrari are the team with the most poles here, with eight. It’s Brazil who lead the way for the most poles for a nation at this track, with Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa taking seven poles between them at the circuit.
Each with two poles, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas share the record for most pole positions at the Austrian Grand Prix from the current crop of drivers. Charles Leclerc is the only other current driver to have taken pole position at the track, having done so for the first time in 2019.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Rene Arnoux, Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are the five drivers who have taken back-to-back poles at this circuit. Rene Arnoux is the only driver to have taken more than two consecutive poles here. He set the Saturday pace for three consecutive years in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
Mercedes hold the record for most consecutive poles at the Austrian Grand Prix, having taken four in a row between 2015 and 2018.
The largest gap between the slowest and fastest driver in a qualifying session at this track is 20.99 seconds, which was the difference in lap time in 1976 between James Hunt on pole and Loris Kessel who qualified in 25th.
Valtteri Bottas took pole by 0.019 seconds at the Red Bull Ring in 2018. That’s the smallest ever pole margin at the track. Meanwhile, James Hunt holds the record for the largest pole margin here, lapping 0.82 seconds faster than anyone else in 1976.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth on nine occasions at the circuit, including in three of the six events since 2014.
Overall, the average pole margin at the Austrian Grand Prix is 0.237 seconds. The average pole margin from the last ten events has been 0.198 seconds.
🇦🇹 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Just nine of the 31 races held at this track have been won from pole, while seventeen have been won from the front row of the grid. That means fourteen races at this circuit have been won from third or further back.
The polesitter has finished on the podium here without winning the race on nine occasions.
The furthest back win at the track came in 1977, when Alan Jones won for Shadow from fourteenth on the grid. It was the Shadow team’s only F1 victory.
🇦🇹 SUNDAY STATS
There has only been one event at the track where more than ten drivers have finished on the lead lap. That happened in 2014, when eleven cars completed all 71 laps of the race. Alain Prost’s victory in 1986 is the only time just one driver has finished on the lead lap.
The Safety Car has made an appearance in seven races at this track. The most Safety Car periods in one race here is two, which happened in 2002.
Four races at the Red Bull Ring have been affected by rain.
25 different drivers have set the fastest lap of a Grand Prix at this circuit. David Coulthard has the most fastest laps here. He’s set the Sunday pace on three occasions in Austria. Lewis Hamilton could equal that tally this season.
From the 723 cars which have started a race here, 397 have reached the chequered flag, giving an overall finish rate of 54.91%. The highest number of cars to finish a race here is twenty, which happened last year. It was the first time every car that started reached the end of the race at this track. Meanwhile, the least number of cars to reach the chequered flag is seven, which happened in 1982.
Five races at the track have been red-flagged. The last time a race was red-flagged in Austria was in 1987.
In total, there have been 1,862 Grand Prix racing laps at this circuit so far.
🇦🇹 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
Jackie Stewart is the only driver to have been crowned World Champion in Austria. He won his second title at this track in 1971.
The winner of the Austrian Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same year on just eight occasions. From the thirty times that a race has been held at the track, the leader of the championship after the Grand Prix has gone on to win the title twenty times.
Since F1 started visiting the Red Bull Ring in 2014, the race winner has never gone on to win the title in the same year. Similarly, Lewis Hamilton in 2015 is the only polesitter at the track in the last six years who has gone on to win that season’s title.
Read more Red Bull Ring statistics from last year’s Austrian Grand Prix: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix Post Race Stats
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.