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UPDATE: In publishing this video, Red Bull indicated that the Ferrari featured is the same one in which Berger won the 1988 Italian Grand Prix. A reader wrote in, however, to tell us that the actual race-winner is in his private collection. The text below has been adjusted accordingly.

This weekend the Formula One circus heads to Spielberg. No, not the Hollywood director, but the town in Austria that's home to the Österreichring. Subsequently known as the A1-Ring, these days it's called the Red Bull Ring, which makes this weekend's revived Austrian Grand Prix something of a home race for the defending champion Red Bull Racing team. But long before that it was the home race of the sixteen F1 drivers that call Austria their home – not the least of them Gerhard Berger.

The only Austrian driver to have won a grand prix (ten of them, all told) but not a championship, Berger was a fixture of F1 racing in the 1980s and 90s, spending much of his career driving for Ferrari. He later ran Scuderia Toro Rosso for three seasons, during which time Sebastian Vettel won his first (and still the team's only) grand prix. So with the Austrian Grand Prix back on the calendar for this weekend, the two highly accomplished drivers headed to the Red Bull Ring for a little juxtaposition.

Gerhard rolled in with the Ferrari F1/87-88C - the same model, if not the specific chassis, in which he won the 1988 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, which was also, incidentally, the same race that Vettel won for STR twenty years later under Ferrari power. Seb arrived in his championship-winning Red Bull RB8. Then they switched off, giving the four-time world champion his first chance to drive a grand prix racer with three pedals. If you can't believe that, it's also (as far as we can tell) the first time, despite years of neck-and-neck competition and retention of some of the best drivers on the grid, that a Red Bull or Toro Rosso driver has driven a Ferrari F1 car, and vice versa. See how it went down in the video below.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I suppose you could argue Jochen Rindt was another Austrian driver who also failed to win a world title, in a manner of speaking, being crowned history's only posthumous champ (1970) three races after his death. Then again, he wasn't really Austrian at all. Born in Germany, but raised by his grandparents in Austria after his parents were killed in a WW2 bombing raid. He may have raced for Austria, but he never took up Austrian citizenship. Of course when he was born in 1942 the country of Austria didn't exist, having been a state of Germany between 1938 and 1945. And he was residing in Switzerland at the time of his death. So in a very roundabout and convoluted sort of way I guess you're right, Noah, Berger is the only Austrian to win a race but not a title ;-) Just having one of those moments.....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great technical write-up comparing the cars.
      • 1 Year Ago
      a video of kimi raikk participating in a spelling bee would be more exciting than this teaser turd.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can someone translate the 6 min version?
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