2015 June 21

Rosberg triumphs again at Red Bull Ring

55,000 Formula 1 fans were there to watch the elite racing series in Spielberg on Sunday and created another superb atmosphere at the Red Bull Ring. The eighth race of the F1 season was the crowning moment of a weekend of racing that offered numerous highlights on and off the track. After 71 laps, Nico Rosberg was able to celebrate his third win of 2015. The biggest sporting event in Austria, the Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich, has offered top-class partner series and a wide range of side events since Thursday. For instance, the Legends Parade saw the F1 idols of the 1980s back on the track in their original cars of the era. The local fans also had something to cheer in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, with Austrians Christopher Zöchling and Philipp Eng both making the podium.

Dramatic first lap
 

On the front row for this year’s Austrian Grand Prix were Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The Brit on pole position was beaten into the start by the German, and had to surrender the lead before the first corner. A few moments later, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso collided into each other at quite some pace and had to leave the race. After the safety car had been and gone, Rosberg kept his lead, defending his first place with all his might for 71 laps to win for the second year in succession in Austria – ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa this time.  An overjoyed Nico Rosberg lifted the winner’s trophy, made from Swiss stone pine wood by local designer Daniel Kotrasch, into the air. Rosberg was then interviewed by Gerhard Berger and said: “It’s an awesome feeling to win again in Austria. I made a great start, then I just gave everything I could and was able to extend the lead. That’s the way I’m always going to drive now!”

Formula 1 in red, white and red

 

Some 55,000 spectators crowded into the stands on race day. In the morning, after the GP2 race featured Austria’s Rene Binder, and the GP3 drivers had also competed, the locals had plenty of reason to celebrate. Christopher Zöchling, who was born in Austria but now races with a German license, took a spectacular home win from fifth on the starting grid in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, beating fellow Austrian Philipp Eng from Salzburg. The 2015 Austrian motorsport festival fully lived up to its name. Right before the Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich 2015, the Red Bull Air Race Pilot Hannes Arch performed a breathtaking flight over the racing circuit. In addition, two Alpha Jets - a P-38 Lightning and F4 Corsair – soared over the heads of the Red Bull Ring public, up high in the Austrian sky. An emotional highlight for the Austrian fans came in the performance of the national anthem from three local miners’ bands, while possibly the biggest Austrian flag in the country (200 square metres) was flown through the air at the finishing line and past the voestalpine wing by an Agastua Bell 212 owned by the Austrian Army. The fans also greeted the F1 start this year with a spectacular red, white and red choreography on all the stands – a real top moment for the fans! Then a genuinely Styrian beauty, the Steyr Diesel Dorothea vehicle, accompanied the drivers onto the track for the Drivers Parade. Bernie Ecclestone was delighted again this year, saying: “It is one of my favourite races. The Austrian Grand Prix has a great tradition.” There were plenty of celebrities who did not want to miss out on the race. Along with Aksel Lund Svindal and Dominik Paris, Guillermo Fayed made sure the entire podium of the 2015 Kitzbühel ski run were in the paddock.

Four packed days at the 2015 motorsport festival
 

Over four days, a total of over 120,000 visitors came to the motorsport festival with first-class racing action in the Murtal valley, where they could enjoy a superb side programme in and around the Red Bull Ring. All the drivers went to meet the fans at autograph sessions. A total of 45,000 music fans over two days were also able to enjoy the Hitradio Ö3 concerts on Friday, which included The Boss Hoss, and the Projekt Spielberg concerts headlined by Andreas Gabalier on Saturday.

Legends light up the circuit
 

In the build-up to the Austrian Grand Prix, eight of the greatest drivers ever to be seen in Formula 1 were gathered in Spielberg: Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Riccardo Patrese, Pierluigi Martini and Christian Danner. In legendary original cars from the turbo era of the 1980s, whose power could well and truly be seen in flames shooting out the back of the car, the motorsport legends delighted fans by racing around the Red Bull Ring on Saturday and Sunday in the Legends Parade. “It was really fun to drive here. Everything is like it used to be. You get in and drive off just like it was yesterday,” said Niki Lauda, who was happy to be back in the McLaren MP4 in which he was crowned World Champion in 1984. All the cars, along with Ayrton Senna’s 1986 Lotus 98T, were on show for visitors to admire close-up in the F1 Village from Thursday to Sunday.

F1 is staying in town
 

Formula 1 is staying in Austria for a few more days this year. Official testing in Spielberg will take place this Tuesday (23 June) and Wednesday (24 June). Motorsport fans who had a weekend ticket or Sunday ticket for the Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich 2015 can watch the testing in person in any of the open stands – with a free choice of seating. There will be two ticket categories available for those buying a ticket at the ticket points – a day ticket for 25 Euro and a day ticket for 35 Euro that includes a Public Pit Lane Walk. There will be Public Pit Lane Walks on both days from 12:00 to 13:00. Subject to modifications.

F1 coming back in 2016
 

Projekt Spielberg would like to say a big thank you to all the fans who once again made for a unique motorsport weekend with a superb atmosphere, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016 as the elite racing series returns!  

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