Pictorial:  Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Pictorial: Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Last week I had the chance to go to the Austrian Grand Prix held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.    For anyone who loves cars and speed, a Formula 1 weekend  provides the perfect opportunity experience both.   The sweet smell of methanol comes as an added bonus.

Over the course of 3 days at the track, I was able to take in several F1 practices and qualifying in addition to support races in GP2, GP3 and Porsche Masters classes.    Thanks to a friend (Grazie Scott!) who arranged for VIP credentials, I was fortunate to spend most of Saturday in the Paddock area and take in the unbelievable hospitality that F1 teams provide.

The most impressive part of that experience was the ability to visit the Red Bull team garage and watch the mechanics and technicians prepare the Red Bull cars for their race.   Due to the nature of their work, photography was understandably not permitted, but the images are etched in my mind.   The technology and telemetry involved with an F1 car is impressive, far beyond NASCAR and IndyCar.

The track lends itself to a fantastic F1 fan experience.    The layout of the track and elevation changes give visitors several great vantage points from where to watch the race.   The hospitality of the locals just adds to the wonderful experience.

The track’s location is easily accessible from nearby Graz where our group of 5 stayed.    With only a quick 40 minute drive on the Autobahn, getting to the track each morning and back each evening was easy.    The ‘suggested’ 80mph speed limit on their beautiful autobahns just added to the overall experience of the weekend.   The only down side was the €8.50 tunnel toll in each direction, so commuting cost €17 euro a day.   Small price to pay……

In the photos below you’ll find a shot of each car that entered the race.    I found 3 excellent vantage points that gave me a good look at the track which allowed for me to catch some fairly decent perspectives as the cars made their laps.   If you’re an F1 fan, a photo of your favorite driver can be found below!

 

 

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo

 

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel….playing second fiddle to Mercedes Benz so far this year…..

 

This year's winner, Nico Rosberg, passes by on the final lap.

This year’s winner, Nico Rosberg driving for Mercedes, passes by on the final lap.

 

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Ferrari’s Kimi Raikonnen failed to complete a single lap at the Austrian GP….Italians are getting impatient.

 

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Lotus’ Romaine Grosjean

 

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Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson

 

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Force India’s Sergio Perez

 

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Sauber’s Felipe Nasr

 

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Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado

 

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Mclaren’s Fernando Alonso….thanks to Kimi, he also failed to finish a lap at the Austrian GP…..

 

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Williams’ Felipe Massa

 

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Mclaren’s Jensen Button

 

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Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat

 

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Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg

 

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Marussia’s Will Stevens

 

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Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen

 

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Mercedes Benz’s Lewis Hamilton….leading the pack this year….so far.

 

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Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz

 

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Williams’ Valtteri Bottas

 

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Marussia’s Roberto Merhi