Everything you need to know about the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, including the full Sprint weekend F1 schedule and key facts about the classic Styrian 4.318km circuit.
The Austrian Grand Prix will be the ninth race of the 2023 Formula One World championship season, and the second Sprint weekend on the calendar after Baku. Like in Azerbaijan, the Spielberg layout will host Qualifying for the race on Friday afternoon, with a further Qualifying session on Saturday morning setting the grid for the shorter 24-lap sprint race later that afternoon.
The circuit also hosted a Sprint weekend during the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, with the Team recovering to P3 and P4 on race day Sunday after qualifying incidents for Lewis and George on Friday.
We were victorious on the first four visits to Austria between 2014 and 2017, with a further triumph arriving in 2020 with our title-winning W11 car.
A Brief History of the Austrian Grand Prix
The Austrian Grand Prix began with a group of local motor racing enthusiasts in the 1950s who created a circuit in the town of Zeltweg.
Rindt never triumphed at his home race, but Niki Lauda did, claiming victory in Styria in 1984. Turn one at the circuit now bears the name ‘Lauda Curve’. Toto also has a strong connection with the track, having previously served as a racing instructor.
The track fell into disrepair at the end of the 1980s, but Austrian telecoms company A1 provided the funds to redevelop the venue, bringing Formula One racing back to Austria in 1997. It would continue to host Grands Prix for the next six years, before again being dropped from the calendar after the 2003 event. The Austrian Grand Prix returned in 2014 and has been a staple the F1 schedule ever since.
There is 69m between the highest and lowest points on the track. This is one of the biggest differences on the F1 calendar.
The 1976 Austrian Grand Prix was the last race to feature a woman on the starting grid. Lella Lombardi, to this day the only woman to score World Championship points.