Wednesday, 11 June 2014

New departure for most of the field heading to Austria

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

The Austrian Grand Prix gets underway next weekend at the newly rebuilt Red Bull Ring. The last time the race took place at the A1 Ring when only only three of the driver's on the current F1 grid competed. In 2003 Kimi Raikkonen finished second driving for McLaren. Jenson Button finished fourth for BAR-Honda while Fernando Alonso retired from the race while driving for Renault. 

All other driver's in F1 have never driven the rack in Formula One. Daniil Kvyat for example, was only nine when the last race took place in Austria and now drives for Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso in Formula One.

The driver's will of course have spent plenty of time working in their various simulators so by the time they arrive in Austria for the Grand Prix they will will have racked up the mileage. The race is 78 lap's and the layout is clockwise. 

The circuit also has plenty of elevation changes throughout and will pose an interesting challenge for the driver's and the team's alike.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing head to their home race with Daniel Ricciardo having scored the team's first win of the season last time at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The Milton Keynes based outfit will be hoping for a similar performance next weekend however, Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to recover from the disappointment of his second retirement of the season last time out which has resulted in the 2008 champion falling to 22 point's behind championship leader and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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