GP Austria: Austria, in search of the pole shorter for the last 26 years

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the return of The circuit Spielberg, known in its original version as Österreichring, then later as the A1-Ring after its renovation, and currently as Red Bull Ring, calendar, Formula 1 in 2014 was the desbancamiento of Canada, Monaco and Brazil as the circuits with lap times shorter. The 4.3 kilometre circuit in the austrian, bathed in straights and fast corners and with just two forks, has been constantly lap times under one minute and 10 seconds.

last year, without going more far, Lewis Hamilton finished at barely a half second of the record for the era of the V10 on this track. The briton recorded a time of 1:08.455, very close to the 1:07.908 Michael Schumacher marked in 2003 in the session pre-qualifying Friday, and the 1:08.038 with the Rubens Barrichello got pole that year, the last circuit in the Formula 1 until his return 11 years later.

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This year, however, the circumstances could hold that the record was not only beaten, if not that the improvement is up to a few seconds. The Formula 1 cars are significantly faster over a lap this year, the introduction of the compound ultrablando provides tenths extra and, in case outside little, the circuit has recently been resurfacing, eliminating in addition to several potholes that have formed in recent years.

how Pole record?

according To these data, and what is seen in the categories that have already raced there this season, in particular the DTM, it is estimated that the best of times in qualifying to be in 1:06, and even contemplates the possibility of a 1:05. With this, the lap time of the pole position of this year would be the shortest of any circuit on the calendar since the last race in Paul Ricard in 1990.

In the fifth and final year that the Formula 1 stepped on the short version of the French circuit, 3.8 km, before moving on to Magny-Cours, Nigel Mansell obtained the pole position at the wheel of his Ferrari with a 1:04.402. In previous years, there were times similar in other circuits. Dijon has the record, with a pole in 58.79 seconds of Niki Lauda in 1974. The circuit was slightly extended from 3.2 to 3.8 km after, but in 1982 , Alain Prost came to make a 1:01.3.

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They are still in the list, the poles in the classic circuit in south africa Kyalami (Mansell, 1:02.3, 1985), the first version of Watkins Glen (Jacky Ickx, 1:03.07, 1970), the one mentioned in Paul Ricard, the velocísma pole in Silverstone 1985 (Keke Rosberg, 1:05.591) and the Brands Hatch (Nelson Piquet, 1:06.691, 1986). All of these circuits ended up being removed from the calendar, or being renovated in order to slow them down or lengthen the time per lap.

In search of the Österreichring lost

This last case could happen at the Red Bull Ring in the immediate future. According to the information from Austria in the past months, as well as some photos taken at the circuit, Red Bull is taking place work of resurfacing and refurbishment of the first section of the curves of the old Österreichring, currently in disuse, and which is located to the left of the current circuit between the curves 1 and 3, for use in competition.

it Is unknown if these plans will be applied in Formula 1, in the new adventure of the circuit as the headquarters of MotoGP, if you are performing with a view to obtaining a career in the World of Resistance or if its use is intended only for historic races, due to problems obtaining permits that have already halted a similar plan a decade ago, but the enlargement of the circuit will not only recover one of the favorite sections of the mythical route for fans, if not that the lap times would increase considerably. Be that as it may, Spielberg has come to stay, and Red Bull bet hard on it.