Skip to content

F1’s Austrian return falls 50 years after first World Championship Austrian GP

Jun 16, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

Circuit_Zeltweg

Here’s one for the anoraks ahead of F1’s return to Austria this weekend – the 2014 running of the Austrian Grand Prix marks 50 years since the first time F1 ran a round of the World Championship in the country.

Most remember the Austrian Grand Prix for the old Österreichring, which hosted the race from 1970 through 1987 with one circuit revision, the addition of a chicane ahead of the 1977 Grand Prix.

But the Austrian Grand Prix actually kicked off with two runnings on the Zeltwig Air Base, which provided a point-and-shoot 1.98-mile course with four corners (the track was shaped like a pistol, with open right-handed Turns 1 and 2, a 90-degree left-handed Turn 3, and a Turn 4 hairpin at the end of a long straight).

A non-championship race was held in 1963, won by the late Sir Jack Brabham.

But the first World Championship Austrian Grand Prix came a year later, on August 23, 1964. The late Lorenzo Bandini won for Ferrari, in what was the Italian driver’s only Grand Prix victory. American Richie Ginther was second driving for BMW, with Englishman Bob Anderson in third in a Brabham-Climax, for his first and only career podium.

Meanwhile a then unheralded Austrian, the late Jochen Rindt, made his debut driving a Brabham-BMW.

Latest Posts
  1. WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix

    Aug 22, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Practice Getty Images

    Will Rosberg and Hamilton continue to lead the way during practice at Spa?

  2. F1 Paddock Pass: Belgian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

    Aug 22, 2014, 7:20 AM EDT

    Belgium F1 GP Auto Racing AP

    All of the latest news and interviews from the paddock at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

  3. Massa, Hamilton and Ricciardo take on the ice bucket challenge (VIDEO)

    Aug 22, 2014, 6:46 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Previews Getty Images

    Three of F1’s field take on the ice bucket challenge in aid of ALS.

  4. Rosberg moving on from Hungary team orders debate

    Aug 22, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg AP

    German driver not dwelling on Hamilton’s flouting of team orders in Hungary.

  5. Rosberg leads Hamilton in first Belgian GP practice

    Aug 22, 2014, 5:32 AM EDT

    Nico Rosberg AP

    Mercedes’ runaway train shows few signs of slowing down in 2014.

  6. Chilton to race in Belgium after all; Rossi denied F1 debut

    Aug 22, 2014, 4:20 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Practice Getty Images

    The Marussia driver debacle rages on as Rossi is benched for the rest of the weekend.

  7. WATCH LIVE: FP1 for the Belgian Grand Prix

    Aug 22, 2014, 3:45 AM EDT

    Nico Rosberg AP

    F1 returns from its summer break with first practice at Spa today, live on Live Extra from 4am ET.

  8. NASCAR America video: The unique energy of Bristol Motor Speedway

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

    (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevrolet) (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevrolet)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, joined NASCAR America on Thursday to talk about the different feeling that Bristol Motor Speedway has and goes over the strategy his team has for the race.

  9. MRTI: Championships to be decided in trio of Sonoma doubleheaders

    Aug 21, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    MazdaRoadToIndy

    Mazda Road to Indy titles will be decided in Sonoma this weekend.

  10. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson pace NNS practices; Milka Duno seeks to become first Latina to qualify for a NASCAR event

    Aug 21, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Milka Duno. (Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson topped Thursday afternoon’s pair of Nationwide Series practice sessions at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  11. Latest edition of the Penske Files: You wanted more bloopers, you’ve got ‘em!

    Aug 21, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

    penske file bloopers 8-21-2014

    After the popularity of the team’s drivers, the next most popular thing around Team Penske is The Penske Files, especially editions that contain bloopers. Check out the latest edition of TPF bloopers!

  12. WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 6:30 p.m. ET — Steve Letarte, Tennessee racing history, Truck race highlights

    Aug 21, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

    140821-NASCAR-AMERICA

    Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, which airs LIVE at 6:30 pm ET, will cover a lot of ground, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief (and future NASCAR on NBC analyst) Steve Letarte, breaking down and the history of Bristol Motor Speedway and lots more.

  13. Sochi street circuit approved ahead of Russian GP

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    A Russian Time GP2 car drives at the newly opened Sochi International Street Circuit in Sochi Reuters

    Russian Grand Prix set to be held in Sochi in six weeks’ time after the track is given a license.

  14. Off The Grid: Budapest – Our favorite city on the F1 calendar (VIDEO)

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Budapest

    Catch this sneak preview of Off The Grid: Budapest ahead of tomorrow’s premiere.

  15. Spa provides a poignant reminder that F1 must remember its roots

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Practice Getty Images

    As impressive as many of F1’s new builds are, we must remember the likes of Spa and Monza when looking to the future of the sport.

  16. Alonso targeting third place in both F1 championships

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Qualifying Getty Images

    Ferrari’s lead driver has high hopes for the second half of the season.

  17. MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: Belgian GP

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of Belgium - Previews Getty Images

    The MST writing team makes its predictions ahead of this weekend’s race at Spa.

  18. After 62 starts, Brad Keselowski finally earns first career Trucks win at Bristol

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    (Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Hard as it may seem to believe, Brad Keselowski had never won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his career. That was before Thursday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol, where Keselowski dominated en route to the checkered flag.

  19. Bottas confident Williams is yet to reach its peak

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

    Germany F1 GP Auto Racing AP

    Finnish driver yet to be confirmed at Williams for 2015, but sees no reason to look elsewhere for a seat.

Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches