While Ferrari have more podium finishes here than any other team, Mercedes won the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix in 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Red Bull Ring!
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: BOTTAS 1st, HAMILTON 4th
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 2nd
Since Formula 1’s return to Austria in 2014, there have been only two occasions on which Mercedes have failed to win at the Red Bull Ring. The seasons where they failed to win were in 2018, when both drivers retired, and in 2019, when Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and Valtteri Bottas finished third. Mercedes won both races held at the Red Bull Ring in 2020, with the team recording a 1-2 finish in the Styrian Grand Prix – their first at the track since the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix. Their double DNF is the only time that a Mercedes car has not finished in the top five at this circuit.
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 seven races at the Red Bull Ring. Their worst qualifying result at the track, and their only non-top four result, 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 at a fast lap. The team have locked-out the front row four times at the circuit, most recently at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.
Red Bull won their home event in 2018 and 2019 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 and in third place at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo also finished on the podium here in 2017, meaning Red Bull have secured five top three finishes in the last six races at the track. While both Red Bull drivers finished in the top four at last year’s Styrian Grand Prix, neither reached the end of the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. In addition to their retirements in the season-opening 2020 race, there have been only four other 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.
At the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen became the first Red Bull driver to qualify on the front row at the Red Bull Ring. Though it was the first time Red Bull had qualified on the front row here, the team have started from the front row in all of the last three races at the track. In both the 2019 and 2020 Austrian Grands Prix, Verstappen moved up to second on the grid as a result of penalties for Lewis Hamilton. 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 at the Red Bull Ring.
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: ALBON DNF, VERSTAPPEN DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 3RD, ALBON 4TH
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: NORRIS 3RD, SAINZ 5TH
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: NORRIS 5TH, SAINZ 9TH
McLaren share the record for most wins of any team in Austria. They won six of the nine races at the track between 1984 and 2001. In 2020, with his third place at the Austrian Grand Prix, Lando Norris became the first McLaren driver to finish on the podium in Austria since Kimi Raikkonen in 2003. The team has scored with both cars in all of the last three races at the circuit. Between 2015 and 2017, McLaren recorded four DNFs in the three races at the circuit – including a double DNF in 2015. They have not recorded a retirement here since.
McLaren have taken pole four times in Austria and have locked-out the front row twice, in 1999 and 2000. Prior to 2020, McLaren reached Q3 only four times since the track’s return to the calendar in 2014. However, both drivers progressed to Q3 at both the Austrian and Styrian Grands Prix, with Carlos Sainz qualifying third and Lando Norris sixth. Sainz’s result was McLaren’s best qualifying performance in Austria since 2003, while Norris ensured it was the team’s first time with both cars qualifying in the top six at the track since their last front row lock out here in 2000.
Since Formula 1’s return to Austria in 2014, the Silverstone-based team have never finished above sixth at the Red Bull Ring – though sixth is a result which they have recorded in five of the last eight races here. 2016 and 2019 are the only occasions on which the team has failed to score here in recent years, with both cars recording DNFs in 2016. Lance Stroll’s retirement in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix is the only other time that Team Silverstone have recorded a DNF at this track since its return to the calendar. 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.
At the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, both Racing Point drivers reached Q3 – the first time the team had done so at the Red Bull Ring since being in its Force India guise in 2017. Neither Racing Point driver reached Q3 in the wet qualifying session for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. The team’s best qualifying result at the track came in 2016, when Nico Hulkenberg qualified in third, which became a front row start following Nico Rosberg’s grid penalty.
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: PEREZ 6TH, STROLL DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: PEREZ 6TH, STROLL 7TH
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: OCON 8TH, RICCIARDO DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: RICCIARDO 8TH, OCON DNF
In both of 2020’s races at the Red Bull Ring, Renault had one car finish in eighth place and the other fail to cross the finish line. Since F1’s return to Austria in 2014, Pastor Maldonado’s seventh place for Lotus in 2015 is the Enstone team’s best result at the track. 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. Remarkably, until 2020, that was the most recent occasion that the Renault works team had scored a point at the circuit.
Renault have taken three poles in Spielberg, and have locked out the front row twice, in 1980 and 1981. The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix marked the second time that both Renault drivers had qualified in the top ten at the Red Bull Ring. Esteban Ocon’s fifth place in the wet qualifying session for the Styrian Grand Prix marked the Enstone team’s best qualifying result at the circuit since F1’s return to the track.
Ferrari have not won in Austria since 2003, but have finished on the podium in all of the last five seasons at the Red Bull Ring. Charles Leclerc came close to winning in 2019, but was overtaken by Max Verstappen in the closing stages. Leclerc went on to take a surprise podium finish at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. 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 four double DNFs at this track, with the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix marking their first double retirement at this circuit since 1987. Other than last year’s double DNF, 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. There have been only three occasions on which a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying for Ferrari at the circuit since 2014. Raikkonen was eliminated in Q1 in 2015 due to a miscommunication which saw him without enough time to set a more competitive lap time, while in 2020, Sebastian Vettel was eliminated in Q2 at the Austrian Grand Prix and Leclerc was out in Q2 at the Styrian Grand Prix.
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: LECLERC 2ND, VETTEL 10TH
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: LECLERC DNF, VETTEL DNF
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: GASLY 7TH, KVYAT DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: KVYAT 10TH, GASLY 15TH
The 2019 Austrian Grand Prix and the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix are the only occasions on which both of the Red Bull junior team’s cars have crossed the finish line at the Red Bull Ring. The team recorded a double retirement on their first appearance at the circuit in 2014, and went on to record one DNF in all of the four years after that. Until 2020, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were the team’s only points scorers here, with eighth places for Toro Rosso in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat joined the list last year. Gasly recorded the team’s best ever result at the circuit with seventh in the Austrian Grand Prix, while Kvyat finished tenth one week later at the Styrian Grand Prix.
There have been only four occasions on which a driver for the Red Bull junior team has reached Q3 in Austria. Pierre Gasly’s eighth place in qualifying for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix was the first time since 2017 that the teams qualified in the top ten. Their best qualifying result here so far is seventh. Both Daniil Kvyat in 2014 and Max Verstappen in 2015 achieved the result.
In 2018 and 2019, both Sauber and Alfa Romeo finished in ninth and tenth. Antonio Giovinazzi continued the trend of one of this team’s cars finishing in ninth with ninth place in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, while Kimi Raikkonen recorded the former Sauber team’s first DNF at the track since 2003. Neither driver scored in the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix – the team’s first point-less race at the track since 2017. 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.
Jean Alesi recorded Sauber’s only front row start at the Austrian Grand Prix, qualifying in second in 1998. 2019 marked the first time that both of the team’s drivers qualified in the top ten at the track since 2002, while both drivers were eliminated in Q1 at both races at the track in 2020. Aside from 2019, Felipe Nasr’s ninth place in qualifying in 2015 is the only other time this team has reached Q3 since the track’s return to the calendar.
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 9TH, RAIKKONEN DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: RAIKKONEN 11TH, GIOVINAZZI 14TH
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: GROSJEAN DNF, MAGNUSSEN DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 12TH, GROSJEAN 13TH
Haas picked up points on all of their first three visits to the Red Bull Ring, but have failed to score at the circuit since 2018. Romain Grosjean recorded Haas’ best ever result at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix with fourth place. 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. Until 2020, Magnussen’s retirement in 2017 was the only time a Haas car has failed to finish a race at this circuit but both drivers retired from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. In the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, the team finished just outside of the points with Magnussen twelfth and Grosjean thirteenth.
2018 is the only season in which 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 result with fifth in 2019. Last season the team recorded their first Q1 exits at the track, with Magnussen only sixteenth in qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix and Grosjean failing to set a time in qualifying at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Williams have won the Austrian Grand Prix three times, including a 1-2 finish in 1987. The team has failed to score in any of the last four races at the Red Bull Ring, with the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix marking the first time the team failed to score at the track since 2001. 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 and George Russell’s retirement from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix are the only non-finishes 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 have recorded mostly Q1 exits since then. The only exceptions are Lance Stroll’s Q2 appearance in 2018 and George Russell’s twelfth place qualification at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix – the latter marking Williams’ first non-Q1 exit in over a year.
2020 AUTRIAN GP RESULT: LATIFI 11TH, RUSSELL DNF
2020 STYRIAN GP RESULT: RUSSELL 16TH, LATIFI 17TH
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