Notable moments in the history of the Spielberg Circuit

Before knowing the scenario of Sunday's race, a quick look back at some notable moments in Austria.

Published on 25/06/2021 à 17:20

Quentin DUBOIS

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Notable moments in the history of the Spielberg Circuit

2016 will have seen a historic finale. / © Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

If the weather forecast is to be believed, we should experience a totally crazy Styrian Grand Prix. The opportunity for us to look back on five moments which marked the circuit of Red Bull Ring since 1997, when the current route was put in place. 

1 – The totally crazy post-COVID 2020 edition

Three and a half months after the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, the world of F1 finally finds itself to start the 2020 season in a very difficult health situation. And the least we can say is that the show was there at the Red Bull Ring. Only 11 drivers saw the finish of the race. Among the strong images: Kimi Raïkkönen's wheel flying away or the collision between Lewis Hamilton et Alexander albon, without forgetting the first podium in F1 of Lando Norris.


2 – 2019: The struggle Max Verstappen / Charles Leclerc

A year before, we had experienced an anthology finale. Max Verstappen against Charles Leclerc in a fierce fight for victory. With the hot Dutch public won over to the cause of the Red Bull driver. A landmark moment in F1 history.

3 – 2016: End of race under high tension between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Another notable moment in the history of F1 on the Austrian circuit: the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. So in the fight for the championship, the two drivers Mercedes collided a second time in 2016 (after Barcelona). Enough to offer the podium to Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Kimi Raïkkönen (Ferrari).


4 – 2002: The terrible crash of Takuma Sato

A little step back since we go back to the 2002 season. If the circuit did not have the name Red Bull Ring but A1 Ring, the route was the same as today. It was at turn 3 that Nick Heidfeld lost his Williams and collided sideways with Takuma Sato's Jordan. Big concern at the time of the collision in the paddock but fortunately, nothing serious for the two drivers.


5 – 2001: The clash between Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya

When Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya met on the track, there were often sparks. In 2001, both drivers made a mistake while fighting for first place at turn 3. A scene that has become legendary in the history of F1.

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