Osterreichring 779

Osterreichring

The original Osterreichring was built in 1969 in the spectacular mountains above the unpopular Zeltweg airfield circuit it replaced.

Country
Austria
Location
Spielberg, Styria
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The original Osterreichring was built in 1969 in the spectacular mountains above the unpopular Zeltweg airfield circuit it replaced. It was a magnificent collection of fast corners and steep elevation changes. The Bosch Kurve, 180 degrees and no run-off, was awesome. A chicane was built at the first corner following Mark Donohue’s fatal accident in 1975, but that was the Osterreichring’s only slow corner. This was the scene of Elio de Angelis’ dramatic victory in 1982 when the Italian edged eventual world champion Keke Rosberg by just 0.05 seconds. However, when the 1987 race was twice stopped by accidents on the narrow startline, the Austrian Grand Prix was removed from the calendar.

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.673 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Niki Lauda (Ferrari 312T), 1m34.85, 139.408 mph, F1, 1975

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jacky Ickx (Alfa Romeo T33TT/12), 1m35.81, 138.011 mph, Sports Cars, 1974

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.672 (Miles)

Description

Hella Licht-kurve (Voest-Hugel-kurve) tightened

Fastest Race Lap

James Hunt (McLaren M23-Ford), 1m35.02, 139.120 mph, F1, 1976

Fastest Qualifying Lap

James Hunt (McLaren M23-Ford), 1m35.91, 137.830 mph, F1, 1976

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.692 (Miles)

Description

Chicane installed at Hella Licht-kurve

Fastest Race Lap

Nelson Piquet (Williams FW11B-Honda), 1m23.357, 159.449 mph, F1, 1987

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Nigel Mansell (Williams FW11B-Honda), 1m28.318, 150.493 mph, F1, 1987

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