Returning to the Formula 1 calendar after a hiatus since 2003, the newly named Red Bull Ring, near Graz in Austria, has played host to numerous memorable races in its previous twenty-five Grands Prix. Following a re-design of the original Österreichring by Hermann Tilke in 1996, the Spielberg circuit consists of much undulation and a combination of fast and slow corners, sure to make it a spectacle for fans. Michael Schumacher claimed victory in the two most recent races here - although his 2002 win caused plenty of controversy as Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello, Schumacher’s team-mate and the race leader, to let the German past on the final lap to open up his lead in the FIA Formula One World Championship™.
Circuit length 4.32 km
Race distance 307.020 km
2013 race winner No Race
This is a new race, albeit on a track based on the old A1 Ring, which was used until 2003. It is one of the shortest laps of the year time-wise at around 68 seconds. The track features four flat out stretches and just nine corners. The track puts quite low energy into the tyres, so Pirelli is bringing the same soft and supersoft tyres it used in Monaco and Montreal. Getting the front tyres to work will be the challenge for the teams. Two stops are projected, with one stint on supersofts and two longer stints on softs. As it is a new track, teams will do plenty of running in practice to understand the key strategy considerations.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. Williams (21.133s)
02. Ferrari (21.234s)
03. McLaren (21.242s)
04. Red Bull (21.381s)
05. Mercedes (21.474s)
06. Lotus (21.884s)
07. Toro Rosso (21.906s)
08. Force India (21.920s)
09. Sauber (22.449s)
10. Caterham (22.480s)
11. Marussia (22.977s)
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
+10 Hulkenberg, Perez
+9 Bianchi, Bottas
+8 Maldonado, Ericsson
+2 Hamilton, Chilton
Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean, Alonso
-6 Kvyat, Ricciardo
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane, Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria Notes: Grosjean started from pit lane