Red Bull have won the last two Austrian races, Ferrari have the most podium finishes and Renault have not scored here since 1983. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Red Bull Ring!
WINS: 4, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 7, FINISH RATE: 83% | 2019 RESULT: BOTTAS 3rd, HAMILTON 5th
Mercedes won every Austrian Grand Prix from its return to the calendar in 2014 until 2017, but they have finished on the podium only once in the last two seasons. The team scored 1-2 finishes in both 2014 and 2015, and then recorded 1-4 results in 2016 and 2017. Nico Robserg failed to finish on the podium as a result of his last lap crash with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2016, and Hamilton finished fourth in 2017. The team suffered a rare mechanical double DNF in 2018 and while Valtteri Bottas finished fifth last season, Hamilton finished only fifth.
A Mercedes driver has never failed to reach the final part of qualifying in Austria, and both of their drivers have qualified in the top four in all of the last five seasons. Their worst qualifying result at the track, and their only non-top four results, is ninth place for Lewis Hamilton in 2014, a result of him having his first lap time in Q3 deleted for exceeding track limits and then spinning on his second attempt. The team have locked-out the front row three times at the circuit, most recently in 2018.
WINS: 4, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 24, FINISH RATE: 76% | 2019 RESULT: LECLERC 2nd, VETTEL 4th
Ferrari have not won in Austria since 2003, but have finished on the podium in all of the last four seasons at the Red Bull Ring. Charles Leclerc came close to winning last season, but was overtaken by Max Verstappen in the closing stages. Ferrari have scored two 1-2 finishes at this track, the first at the first race here in 1970 and their last in controversial circumstances at the 2002 event. Ferrari have recorded three double DNFs at this track, but haven’t suffered a double retirement since 1987. Since the track returned to the calendar in 2014, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel’s retirements in 2015 and 2016 respectively are the only occasions where a Ferrari driver has failed to score. The 1976 Austrian Grand Prix is the most recent F1 race at which Ferrari did not appear.
In 2019, Charles Leclerc took Ferrari’s first pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix since 2003. Ferrari have taken pole on eight occasions at Spielberg, including a solitary front row lock-out in 1983. Since F1 returned to the track, Sebastian Vettel is the only other Ferrari driver to have qualified on the front row here, having done so in 2017. Kimi Raikkonen is the only driver to fail to reach the final part of qualifying for Ferrari at the circuit, having been eliminated in Q1 in 2015 due to a miscommunication which saw him without enough time to set a more competitive lap time. He’s the only Ferrari driver to fail to qualify in the top ten at the circuit since Stefan Johansson in 1986.
WINS: 2, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 4, FINISH RATE: 75% | 2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 1st, GASLY 7th
Red Bull have won their home event in both of the last two seasons courtesy of Max Verstappen. Verstappen is the only driver to have taken multiple podium finishes for the team at the Red Bull Ring, having also finished as runner-up in 2016. Daniel Ricciardo also finished on the podium here in 2017, meaning Red Bull have secured top four three finishes in the last four seasons at the track. There have been only four occasions that a Red Bull driver has failed to score here. Daniil Kvyat finished twelfth in 2015, while Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo each retired in 2014, 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Red Bull are yet to qualify on the front row at the Austrian Grand Prix, though Max Verstappen recorded the team’s best qualifying result at the track last year with third place – which became second on the grid when Lewis Hamilton picked up a penalty. Sebastian Vettel in 2014 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2015 are the only Red Bull drivers who’ve failed to reach the final part of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.
WINS: 6, POLES: 4, PODIUMS: 15, FINISH RATE: 72% | 2019 RESULT: NORRIS 6th, SAINZ 8th
McLaren have taken the most wins of any team at the Austrian Grand Prix. They won six of the nine races at the track between 1984 and 2001, while Kimi Raikkonen’s second place in 2003 is McLaren’s most recent podium appearance at the track. Last season marked the first time that both drivers have finished in the points at the track since 2003. Lando Norris finished in sixth place last season, equalling Jenson Button’s sixth place in 2016 as McLaren’s best finish in Austria since the event returned to the calendar in 2014.
McLaren have taken pole four times in Austria and have locked-out the front row twice, in 1999 and 2000. Since the event returned in 2014, the team have reached the final part of qualifying only three times at this circuit – in 2014, 2016 and 2019. After qualifying fifth, Jenson Button started from third on the grid at the Red Bull Ring in 2016, marking the team’s best grid slot in recent years.
WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 3, FINISH RATE: 63% | 2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 12th, HULKENBERG 13th
Renault’s second, and latest, win in Austria came back in 1983, at the hands of Alain Prost. Eddie Cheever also finished fourth on that day, which is, remarkably, the most recent occasion that Renault have scored a point at the circuit. Since their comeback to the sport, Jolyon Palmer’s eleventh place in 2017 is the team’s best finish at the track; though the Enstone team finished seventh in 2015 with Pastor Maldonado picking up the points.
Renault have taken three poles in Spielberg, and have locked out the front row twice, in 1980 and 1981. 2018 is the only year that Renault have reached Q3 at the Red Bull Ring since their return to the sport, doing so with both cars. Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were both eliminated in Q2 last season.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 50% | 2019 RESULT: KVYAT x, ALBON 15th, KVYAT 17th
Toro Rosso have the lowest finish rate of the current teams at the Austrian Grand Prix, with at least one car retiring on all of their first five visits. Last season was the first time both cars reached the end of the race, though neither Daniil Kvyat nor Alex Albon picked up any points. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz have been the team’s only points scorers here, with eighth places in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Toro Rosso have qualified in the top three in Austria on three occasions, but only one of those occasions has been in the past four seasons. Their best qualifying result here so far is seventh. Both Daniil Kvyat in 2014 and Max Verstappen in 2015 achieved this result. The team have had one car out in Q1 and one eliminated in Q2 in both of the last two years.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 83% | 2019 RESULT: PEREZ 11th, STROLL 14th
The former Force India team scored with both cars on four of their five visits to the Austrian Grand Prix. The only time they didn’t score was in 2016, when both cars retired. In their new Racing Point guise, the team failed to pick up points last year, finishing eleventh and fourteenth. The team’s best result here since its return to the calendar is sixth place, recorded three times – with Sergio Perez in 2014, Nico Hulkenberg in 2015 and Esteban Ocon in 2018. In their former Jordan guise, 1997 was the only year that the team finished with both cars in the points. The Jordan team never finished on the podium at this circuit.
For a second year in a row, neither of the team’s drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. It marked the first time that both cars were eliminated in Q1. 2017 was the only time both Force India cars reached Q3. Their best qualifying result here came in 2016, when Nico Hulkenberg qualified in third, which became a front row start following Nico Rosberg’s grid penalty.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 77% | 2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 9th, GIOVINAZZI 10th
In each of the last two seasons, the Alfa Romeo team have finished ninth and tenth. The former Sauber team’s points finish in 2018 was the first time they had scored at the track since 2001. Kimi Raikkonen’s fourth place in 2001 is the team’s best result at the circuit, while Pedro Diniz and Mika Salo scored the team’s only other points at the circuit with sixth place finishes in 1999 and 2000 respectively. The team have not recorded a non-finish at the circuit since 2003.
Jean Alesi recorded Sauber’s only front row start at the Austrian Grand Prix, qualifying in second in 1998. Last year marked the first time that both of the team’s drivers qualified in the top ten at the track since 2002. With both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in Q3 last year, it was the first time that neither of the team’s drivers were eliminated in Q1 at the circuit since 2015. Felipe Nasr’s ninth place in qualifying in 2015 is the only other time Sauber reached Q3 since the track’s return to the calendar.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 88% | 2019 RESULT: GROSJEAN 16th, MAGNUSSEN 19th
Haas picked up points on all of their first three visits to the Red Bull Ring so far, but failed to score last year, finishing a lowly sixteenth and nineteenth. Romain Grosjean recorded Haas’ best ever result at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix with fourth. While Grosjean took the team’s best result, Kevin Magnussen also finished fifth, making it the only Austrian race in which both Haas drivers have scored points so far. Magnussen’s retirement here in 2017 is the only time a Haas car has failed to finish a race at this circuit.
2018 is also the only season that both Haas drivers reached the final part of qualifying in Austria, though Grosjean reached Q3 in 2017 and Magnussen recorded the team’s best qualifying resuilt with fifth last year. The team have never recorded a Q1 exit at the track. Magnussen’s fifteenth place in 2017 was their worst qualifying effort so far.
WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 11, FINISH RATE: 60% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 18th, KUBICA 20th
Williams have won the Austrian Grand Prix three times, including a 1-2 finish in 1987. 2018 marked the first time the team failed to score at the event since 2001 and they also failed to score last season. Williams scored podium finishes in both 2014 and 2015 at the Red Bull Ring, but have failed to finish in the top eight since then. The team have recorded six double non-finishes here, but Felipe Massa’s DNF in 2016 is the only non-finish for a Williams driver at the track since its return to the calendar.
Williams took their most recent pole position here in 2014 thanks to Felipe Massa. It marked the second time the team had locked-out the front row at the track; the other time being in 1987. The team reached Q3 with both cars in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but since then Lance Stroll’s Q2 appearance in 2018 has been their only non-Q1 elimination.
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.