Posted 20 March 2003 - 10:00
I'd also like to know, when was the last race held on the Osterreichring? Obviously the last F1 race was in 1987, but I'd be interested to hear more.
Posted 20 March 2003 - 10:17
Although majorly re-designed, the Osterreichring still lives as the A1-ring. This was the site of last years famous fixed finish by Ferrari!
Posted 20 March 2003 - 10:55
The new track does produce some of the better racing on the calendar, but its a typical tilke track
Posted 20 March 2003 - 11:20
I was there at the time to report on it and I still remember watching free practice together with BMW motorsport boss Marc Surer sitting on the grass up the hill at the Hella Licht S, seeing many drivers taking different lines through the corners. "Here, you can see who has the best car control", Surer said. One evening, I did a couple of laps on a mountain bike and got a slight sense of how fast some of the corners were, and how steep the run up to the Hella Licht S was!
In 1996, I returned for a Formula Opel Euroseries event and found the new track completely lacking the fascination of the old one. That said, I still like the environment and the atmosphere. I know hardly any circuits with a restaurant where you can have lunch at the terrace and have a view of the entire track. And the A1-Ring still makes for some pretty good racing - the DTM-round we had there last year will go down in history as one of the most spectacular ever!
Posted 20 March 2003 - 23:23
Posted 21 March 2003 - 01:33
I had just started to follow F1 at the time, I still remember that race (not just the two start-line wrecks)...but what a beautiful racecourse. The 90-degree turns now used at the A-1 Ring are just too Mickey Mouse, in my opinion.
Posted 21 March 2003 - 01:47
The race was cut due to safety concerns. The 2 starline wrecks in 87 did the GP track finally in and it wasn't until the track was redesigned that F1 returned. Enjoy this years race as I may be the last time we'll see a GP in Austria for a long long time.
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