The polesitter has not won at the track since 2017, the driver starting thirteenth has not retired since 2000 and the driver starting twentieth has not scored in 46 years. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of each grid slot at the Red Bull Ring!
THE STATS IN BRIEF:
- Polesitter has not won since 2017
- 6th has never won
- 13th not retired since 2000
- 14th scored the furthest back win
- 20th not scored since 1974
Seventeen races here have been won from the front row of the grid, while fourteen wins have come from third or further back.
|Grid||Last Win||Last Podium||Last Points||Last DNF||Best Finish|
Points likelihood: 74% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
Of the 31 races held at this track, the polesitter has won only nine of them, giving a pole to win conversion rate of under 30%. The polesitter has finished on the podium here on eighteen occasions, and has retired from the race eight times. Of the 23 finishes for the polesitter at the Austrian circuit, Rene Arnoux’s ninth place finish in 1980 is the only time the polesitter has finished outside of the points. The polesitter has won two of the last four Austrian Grands Prix. Since 1987, Giancarlo Fisichella in 1998 and Valtteri Bottas in 2018 are the only polesitters who have failed to finish the Austrian Grand Prix.
Points likelihood: 65% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2003
The driver starting from fourth has enjoyed podium finishes in four of the last five Austrian Grands Prix, and Max Verstappen won the 2018 race from this grid slot. The position has also provided further wins for Jacques Laffite in 1981 and Niki Lauda in 1984, the latter becoming the only Austrian to have won his home Grand Prix. Fourth on the grid has supplied twelve third place finishes – four times as many as any other grid slot – yet curiously, the driver starting here has never finished in second place!
Points likelihood: 65% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
Seventh on the grid has given points-scoring finishes on more occasions than most grid slots, with only pole and fourth on the grid scoring more often than seventh. While Daniel Ricciardo retired from this position in 2018, the grid slot has finished in the top ten twenty times in total. From all the finishes at this track for the seventh grid slot, Patrick Depailler’s eleventh place finish in 1975 is the only time the driver starting from here has finished the race in a position lower than tenth.
Points likelihood: 61% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2003
The driver starting third has finished on the podium in each of the last two seasons, and has scored in every race since Formula 1’s return to Austria. Nico Rosberg won from this grid slot on the sport’s comeback in 2014. It actually won four of the eight races held here between 1998 and 2014. In the first nineteen races at the track, the driver starting third scored only four times, including Jacky Ickx’s win in the first race here in 1970.
Points likelihood: 61% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2017
Fifth on the grid has supplied two wins – both for Alain Prost in 1983 and 1986. There have been no podium finishes from this grid position since Rubens Barrichello finished third in 2003. Since 2014, Max Verstappen’s retirement in 2017 is the only occasion that the driver starting here has failed to score.
Points likelihood: 58% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
The driver starting from second on the grid at the Austrian Grand Prix has won twice in the last four years. Max Verstappen took victory from second on the grid last year. In the last nine races at the track, there have been three occasions that the driver starting here has failed to score, including two retirements. The driver starting here has won eight times in total, only once less than the polesitter has.
Points likelihood: 52% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2001
The driver starting eighth has finished in the points in all of the last four years at the Austrian Grand Prix, including recording a second place finish for Max Verstappen in 2016. The driver starting here has not failed to finish since 2001. Vittorio Brambilla is the only driver to win from eighth on the grid in Austria, doing so in 1975.
Points likelihood: 52% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2016
The first five races at this track all resulted in retirements for the driver starting from ninth on the grid. Plenty of points-scoring finishes have followed – including three podium finishes – but the grid slot still has unlucky streaks. The most recent was in the five races between 2002 and 2016, with all but one resulting in a DNF. The one that didn’t was Lewis Hamilton’s second place finish in 2014. The grid slot has scored twice in the last three seasons.
Points likelihood: 52% Last points: 2003 Last DNF: 2018
The furthest back win at the Austrian Grand Prix came from fourteenth on the grid in 1977, when Alan Jones took the Shadow team’s only F1 victory. The driver starting from fourteenth has scored on more occasions than any other grid slot outside the top ten, and has had more top ten finishes than any grid slot lower than seventh. Fourteenth has supplied more top ten finishes than the sixth grid slot has, and only two less top ten finishes than second on the grid!
Points likelihood: 48% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2002
The driver starting sixth at the Red Bull Ring has not failed to score in all six of the races held here since 2014. During that time, it has given one podium finish; a third place for Sebastian Vettel in 2018. Between 1983 and 2003, this grid slot suffered one of the unluckiest streaks at the track. It failed to score in any of the twelve races and retired nine times; including for seven consecutive visits. The best result from here is second, recorded by Keke Rosberg in 1982.
Points likelihood: 45% Last points: 2015 Last DNF: 2018
The driver starting from tenth has not scored since 2015 and has recorded two retirements from the Austrian Grand Prix in the last three seasons. Both Carlos Sainz in 2017 and Nico Hulkenberg in 2018 came to a halt with engine failures before the races had reached their conclusion. Tenth has supplied the least top ten finishes of any grid slot inside the top fifteen at this track.
Points likelihood: 42% Last points: 2016 Last DNF: 2000
The thirteenth grid slot has enjoyed the longest run without a DNF at the Red Bull Ring. Nick Heidfeld was the last driver to retire having started thirteenth in Austria, back in 2000 when the track was named the A1 Ring. Since F1 returned to Austria, the grid slot has scored twice, with ninth place for Sergio Perez in 2015 and seventh for Romain Grosjean in 2016.
Points likelihood: 39% Last points: 2016 Last DNF: 2017
Since the Red Bull Ring returned to the calendar in 2014, Pascal Wehrlein is the only driver to have scored a point having started twelfth. The grid slot has had more DNFs than any other since 2014, with three retirements in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Before Wehrlein in 2016, the last driver to score here having started twelfth was Stefan Johansson, who finished fourth for Ferrari in 1985.
Points likelihood: 36% Last points: 1974 Last DNF: 2015
1974 is the only year that the driver starting twentieth has scored, with Vittorio Brambilla finishing in sixth place. Since then, there have been six top ten finishes, but none of those finishes supplied points. Due to pit lane starts, no one has started from twentieth on the grid at the Red Bull Ring since 2016.
Points likelihood: 35% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2017
Until F1’s return to Austria in 2014, the driver starting fifteenth had scored only three times. In the last six races at the Red Bull Ring, the driver starting here has picked up points on three occasions. Of course, points are awarded for the top ten now – and the grid slot had a healthy share of top ten finishes prior to 2014. The best ever result from fifteenth on the grid is third place, for Tom Pryce in 1975.
Points likelihood: 35% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2015
In the first Austrian Grand Prix to be held at the Österreichring in 1970, Rolf Stommelen finished third having started seventeenth on the grid. The grid slot is yet to replicate that success and has scored only three times since. Two of those points-scoring races have been in the last three years, with ninth place finishes for Felipe Massa in 2017 and Charles Leclerc in 2018. The driver starting here has retired only once in the last nine races at the track.
Points likelihood: 35% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2002
Eighteenth may be a lowly place to start from, but points are an achievable target from here – the driver starting here has finished tenth in three of the last five Austrian Grands Prix. The grid slot provided a tenth place finish for Daniel Ricciardo in 2015, Lance Stroll in 2017 and Marcus Ericsson in 2018. There has not been a retirement from eighteenth on the grid since 2002.
Points likelihood: 32% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2003
In 2018, Esteban Ocon finished sixth having started eleventh at the Austrian Grand Prix. But that was a rare moment of joy for the driver starting here, and the only time the driver starting eleventh has scored points in the last eleven Austrian Grands Prix. The grid slot has given one podium finish, but that was for Gilles Villeneuve all the way back in 1978. It was the Canadian driver’s first podium finish in Formula 1.
Points likelihood: 32% Last points: 2001 Last DNF: 2002
The driver starting from sixteenth at the Red Bull Ring has recorded DNFs on only nine occasions; that’s the least non-finishes from any grid slot apart from pole. While a finish looks quite certain from here – the last to retire from sixteenth on the grid was Jarno Trulli in 2002 – points are less secure, with only three drivers having scored points starting from sixteenth in Austria. The best finish for this grid slot came in 1986, when Alan Jones finished fourth.
Points likelihood: 17% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2016
There have been six pit lane starts at the Austrian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso’s eighth place in 2018 is the only time that a driver starting from the pit lane at the Red Bull Ring has scored points, while Daniil Kvyat and Felipe Massa’s retirements in 2016 are the only times that a driver starting from the pit lane has failed to finish.
Points likelihood: 10% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
In the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz finished eighth having started from nineteenth. It was the first time that the driver starting here has scored since Marc Surer finished sixth for Arrows in 1984. They’re the only two points-scoring races for the nineteenth grid slot in the Austrian Grand Prix. In the last ten races at the track, the driver starting here has failed to finish on six occasions. Nineteenth has suffered 20 non-finishes in total, which is more than any other grid slot, and is the only grid position at the track to have recorded a DNS, DNF and a DSQ.
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.