Two wins for Max Verstappen in the last two years, no podium finishes for Lewis Hamilton since 2016 and five drivers have a 100% Q3 rate at the Red Bull Ring. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Austrian Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has not finished on the podium at the Austrian Grand Prix since he won the 2016 event. He finished as runner-up in the two seasons before that. In the last three years, he finished fourth in 2017, retired in 2018 and finished fifth in 2019. Hamilton has taken pole twice at the Austrian Grand Prix, in 2015 and 2016 and lined up in second on the grid in the following two years. He qualified on the front row last year, but was demoted to fourth on the grid following a penalty for impeding Kimi Raikkonen. He has reached Q3 on every appearance so far at the circuit. 2014 is the only occasion that Hamilton has finished the Austrian Grand Prix in a better position than where he started from.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has appeared on the Austrian Grand Prix podium three times. In addition to his wi here in 2017, he finished third in both 2014 and 2019. His retirement in 2018 is the only time he has failed to pick up points at the Red Bull Ring. Bottas has taken pole twice at the circuit, in 2017 and 2018, and also started from the front row in 2014. He has never qualified outside of the top eight at the track, and has never started from outside the top seven. The 2015 Austrian Grand Prix is the only race at the track in which the Finn has finished in a better position than where he started from.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has had two podium appearances at the Austrian Grand Prix but is yet to win the event. His best finish here is second place in 2017, and his other podium finish came in the following year with third place. In addition, he finished fourth in 2015 and 2019, while he retired from the race in both 2014 and 2016. 2014 is the only season that Vettel has failed to qualify in the top ten at the Red Bull Ring, while 2017 is the only time that he has qualified on the front row. Last season marked the first time he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track since 2014. Vettel has gained positions from where he started in each of the last two seasons.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc led 58 laps of last year’s Austrian Grand Prix but ultimately finished second after a late race battle with Max Verstappen. He has a 100% points scoring record at the circuit, having finished ninth for Sauber in 2018. On his first Q3 appearance at the circuit last season, Leclerc took pole position. He has out-qualified his team-mate on both outings at the Red Bull Ring.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen has given Red Bull two home wins in the last two years with consecutive victories at the Austrian Grand Prix. Verstappen also finished on the podium at the track in 2016. From his five appearances, the only time he hasn’t scored was in 2017, when he retired from the race as the result of a first lap collision. Verstappen has never failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, but is yet to qualify on the front row. However, he did start from the front row last season as the result of a grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton. 2016 and 2017 are the only seasons that Verstappen has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track. From the races he’s finished here, the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix is the only one in which he has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon finished fifteenth on his first appearance at the Austrian Grand Prix last season. He was eliminated in Q2, setting the thirteenth fastest time and out-qualifying his team-mate. Albon gained three positions in the race, as he started from eighteenth due to a power unit penalty. Albon previously competed here in Formula 3 in 2015, finishing a best of fifth in the second race of the meeting. He then competed at the track in GP3 in 2016, where he came runner-up in both events. He also raced here in F2 in both 2017 and 2018, finishing fifth in all four races except the Sprint Race in 2017, in which he finished as runner-up.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has scored twice at the Austrian Grand Prix with eighth place finishes in 2016 and 2019. He failed to finish in both 2015 and 2017, and finished outside the points in twelfth in 2018. 2017 and 2018 are the only seasons that he has reached the final part of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, with a best qualifying position of ninth in 2018. Last season was the first time he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track since his first appearance. Sainz has gained places in two races at the circuit – he made up seven places in 2016 and gained eleven in 2019.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris qualified sixth for last year’s Austrian Grand Prix. After out-qualifying his team-mate, he started from fifth on the grid and finished the race in sixth. Norris competed at the Red Bull Ring in both Formula 3 and F2. In 2017, he finished a best of second place in the second of the Formula 3 event’s three races. In 2019, Norris took another second place at the track in the F2 Feature Race, while he finished eleventh in the Sprint Race.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has failed to score in each of the last two Austrian Grands Prix. He retired in 2018 and finished twelfth with Renault last year. Ricciardo had scored on every appearance before then, with a best result of third place in 2017. 2015 and 2019 are the only seasons that Ricciardo has failed to reach Q3 at the Red Bull Ring. He qualified fourteenth on both occasions. His best qualifying result at the circuit is fifth, recorded in 2014 and 2017. He lined up fourth on the grid in the latter instance. Of the five races he’s finished here, 2014 is the only one in which Ricciardo has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon has scored on both of his appearances so far at the Austrian Grand Prix. He finished eighth in the 2017 race before going on to finish a best of sixth in 2018. Ocon qualified ninth in 2017 but just missed out on Q3 in 2018, qualifying in eleventh place.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Last season marked only the second time that Sergio Perez has failed to score at the Austrian Grand Prix. He finished eleventh last year, with his only other non-score being his retirement toward the end of the 2016 race. Perez’s best finishing position at the track came in 2014, when he finished sixth. Despite his high scoring rate, 2017 is the only time that the Mexican has reached Q3. He qualified in eighth that year and was bumped up to seventh on the grid. Last year was also only the second time that Perez has out-qualified a team-mate at the Red Bull Ring. In the five races he has finished here, Perez has never lost a position from where he started. He gained a best of nine positions on his way to finishing sixth in 2014.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll has finished fourteenth in each of the last two Austrian Grands Prix. He has scored one point in total here, with a tenth place finish on his first F1 outing at the circuit in 2017. 2018 is the only occasion that Stroll has reached Q2 at the Red Bull Ring, with a best qualifying position of fifteenth. It’s also the only time that he has out-qualified a team-mate at the circuit. Despite qualifying fifteenth in 2018, he lined up thirteenth on the final grid. It’s the only season where Stroll has finished in a lower position than where he started at the circuit.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat is yet to score a point at the Austrian Grand Prix. His best finishing position here is twelfth with Red Bull in 2015. He has retired from the race twice, in 2014 and 2016. His first two appearances at the circuit are the only occasions that he has reached the final stage of qualifying and the only times that he has out-qualified his team-mate. Kvyat has a best qualifying result of seventh in 2014 and has started fourteenth or lower in every year since then. The 2015 race is the only one in which he has finished the race in a better position that where he started.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly scored at the Red Bull Ring for the first time last season. He finished in seventh place with Red Bull; an improvement on his eleventh place finish with Toro Rosso in 2018. Last season marked his first appearance in Q3 at the track. He was out-qualified by his team-mate, but recorded the ninth fastest time and lined up eighth on the grid. Gasly raced here in GP2 in 2015 and 2016. His best result in that series here was sixth place in the 2015 Sprint Race.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen is the only driver on the grid who raced at the Austrian Grand Prix back when it was known as the A1 ring. The Finn has finished on the podium at the circuit on three occasions, with second place finishes in 2003 and 2018, and a further third place in 2016. He has scored here in all of the last four seasons. Raikkonen has recorded two DNFs here, in 2002 and a first lap retirement in 2015 following a collision with Fernando Alonso. While 2015 is the only time that Raikkonen has failed to qualify in the top ten at the circuit, 2003 is the only time that he has qualified on the front row here. 2019 marked the first time that he out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit since 2003.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi scored the first point of his Formula 1 career with a tenth place finish at last year’s Austrian Grand Prix. He reached the final stage of qualifying, recording the eight fastest time and ultimately lining up seventh on the grid. Giovinazzi has plenty of past experience at the Red Bull Ring. He competed here in Formula 3 in 2013, 2014 and 2015, where he won the third race of each meeting, and scored podium finishes in all three races at the 2015 event. He also competed here in GP2 in 2016, where he retired from the Feature Race and finished fifth in the Sprint Race.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
In 2019, Romain Grosjean ended a three-year streak of points-scoring appearances at the Austrian Grand Prix with a sixteenth place finish. Of his three points-scoring races, fourth is his best result at the circuit, scored in 2018. He has had one non-finish at the circuit, in 2015. Grosjean has never been eliminated in Q1 at the Red Bull Ring, and has reached Q3 three times – in 2015, 2017 and 2018 – with a best qualifying result of sixth in 2018; a race in which he started fifth on the final grid. Last season marked the first time that the Frenchman has finished the race in a worse position than where he started.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen recorded one of his best results so far in Formula 1 with a fifth place finish in the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix. It is one of two occasions that Magnussen has scored points at the event, having also scored a seventh place finish for McLaren in 2014. From his five appearances, Magnussen has recorded one retirement at the circuit, in 2017. Magnussen has reached the final part of qualifying on three occasions at the Red Bull Ring. He recorded his best qualifying result at the track so far last year, with fifth – though he was demoted five places on the grid due to an unscheduled gearbox change.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell qualified nineteenth on his debut Austrian Grand Prix appearance last year. He moved up one position in the race to finish eighteenth. Russell competed at the Red Bull Ring in Formula 3 in 2015 and 2016, GP3 in 2017 and Formula 2 in 2018. He won the first races of both the GP3 and Formula 2 weekends and took further podium appearances here in Formula 3 in 2016 and in the Formula 2 Sprint Race last year.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi has raced at the Red Bull Ring on multiple occasions. He raced here in Formula 3 in 2013 and 2014, with a best result of fourth in the third race of the 2014 meeting. In Renault 3.5 in 2014, he finished fourth in the first race before retiring from the second race. He returned to the track in 2016 in GP2 but picked up only one point by finishing tenth in the Feature Race. Latifi has raced at the Red Bull Ring in Formula 2 in all of the last three seasons. His best result was second place in the 2017 Feature Race. The following season’s Feature Race is the only one of his six F2 outings at the track in which he failed to score.
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After graduating 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 sixth 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.