An Aston Martin Vantage and Sin R1 crashed big within sight of the finish line on the last lap of the GT4 European Series race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, this past weekend.
Red Bull Ring
The last time Formula One raced in Spielberg, Austria the track was called the A1 Ring, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were the pilots for Williams, the field contained other not-so-venerable names like Ralph Firman and Justin Wilson and V10 engines were bolted to the bulkheads – the only Mercedes units being in the backs of the two McLarens, one of which was driven by Kimi Räikkönen, who finished second behind Michael Schumacher.
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.
Austria hasn't hosted a Formula One grand prix since the 2003 race at the old A1 Ring. Since then Red Bull bought the track, renovated it and returned it to the calendar this year as the Red Bull Ring for a race on June 22. We could look at this as a quaint story of a historic F1 track finally returning to the series after a long delay. However, there is a very angry Austrian who is not happy about how things are going – namely, three-time F1 World Driver's Champion Niki Lauda.