|ATLAS F1 Volume 6, Issue 28||Email to Friend|
|The History Album:|
Austria GP in Pictures
|by Mark Alan Jones, Australia|
1964 The first year the Austrian Grand Prix was a part of the World Championship saw a military airfield used, the circuit laid out with haybales at Zeltweg, not far from today's A-1 Ring. Amidst mechanical carnage, Lorenzo Bandini stepped through the chaos to win his only Grand Prix victory in the Ferrari 156. Today that airfield is now used at GP time as a car park for Formula One's LearJets and Gulfstreams.
1970 The World Championship did not return until 1970, and then at the majestic sweeps of the Osterreichring. A challenging and narrow circuit of high speed sweepers and off camber corners. A circuit for the brave. Jacky Ickx is depicted here on his way to victory for the Scuderia in the Ferrari 312B. The crowd turned up to see local hero Jochen Rindt, whose engine cried enough after 21 laps. Three weeks later, the brave Austrian was dead at Monza. Ickx would be unable to bridge the points gap Rindt had built up, making Rindt, sadly, the only posthumous World Champion.
When the winds swept across the hills around Spielberg, the Osterriechring could be a very inhospitable place. Vittorio Brambilla, 'the Monza Gorilla', demonstrates why a wet Osterriechring must be treated with respect as the mangled March-Cosworth returns to pits.
Gilles Villeneuve celebrates third after a relatively lonely drive to the position. SuperSwede Ronnie Peterson won his last race this day in the Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth ground effects car. There was almost a minute back to Patrick Depailler in the Tyrrell 008 Ford-Cosworth, with almost another minute further back to Villeneuve.
A young Keke Rosberg steers the Fittipaldi F8 Cosworth through the ever present green of the Austrian hills. After qualifying a promising 11th, Rosberg struggled in the race before finishing the last classified finisher in 16th.
1984 Future teammates Eddie Cheever (Alfa Romeo 184T) and Derek Warwick (Renault RE50) for the moment agree to differ on track position. Both cars would have engine failures, within a lap of each other.
When Andrea de Cesaris reported back to the pits after this image was captured, he was asked what had happenned. He reported the car had died. When Guy Ligier discovered the depth of de Cesaris' understatement he reacted very poorly. de Cesaris only raced the Ligier JS25 Renault once more before parting ways with the team.
An anxious moment for Derek Warwick as his Brabham BT55 BMW 'skateboard' has a tyre deflate spectacularly. Warwick's car turned hard into the wall and was all but destroyed on Friday. Pirelli immediately withdrew their tyres from qualifying and supplied a much harder qualifier for Saturday. Warwick would not get to start though after Riccardo Patrese's car burnt to the ground after a turbo failure in practice, so Warwick was asked to give his car to Patrese after Patrese lost three gears in the race warm-up.
After ten years away from the championship, the race returned in 1997 to an Osterrichring rebuilt to modern standards. The circuit was emasculated, all the big curves that were so much a part of the circuit were tightened or cut. The circuit, already one of the short ones was further shortened, and given a new name, the A-1 Ring. And this day Jarno Trulli shone. The Prost team took advantage of the pitstops and left Trulli out in the Prost JS45 Honda. He led the race for several laps, looked set for an excellent finish when the car died.
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