June 16, 2015

F1 on NBCSN: Austria 2015

From that well-known European city of... Montreal?, the F1 Circus makes their way to the cosmopolitan megalopolis of Spielberg, Austria, some 197km down the S36 to the B227 from Vienna, home of the RedBullRing, the location of the 2015 Grand Prix of Austria!  Let's take a look at the track map, shall we?

Last year's race saw Felipe Massa on pole and Nico Rosberg get the win over his teammate Lewis Hamilton in a brake-problem-filled race that also saw Patrick Friesacher in a Minardi PS04 in the pre-race festivities.  Ah, the memories.  Other than all of that, however, it was a fairly lackluster race that I remember as being on a fairly boring circuit that felt like it really was in the back-end of nowhere.  Like, the run from Turn 2 to Turn 3 seemed to be bordered by a wheat field.  One expected to see cows grazing beyond Turn 3.  There is a nice bit of elevation change here, however, so perhaps there's some hope for the track and my opinion was colored by my mood at the time.  I can't think of anything else interesting to say about this track so here's a pretty picture of a classic F1 car.

Ah, UOP/Shadow... we need you back on the grid.  Anyway, here's the schedule for NBCSN's coverage this weekend:
Practice 2: 7a - 830a live
Quals: 7a - 830a live
2015 Grand Prix of Austria: 630a - 9a live

Join me, join all of us, won't you?  Y'all be there, y'hear?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:55 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 It must REALLY be boring, because Google Earth doesn't have a detailed photo of that area! It's just all blurry; you can barely make out the track.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 16, 2015 03:40 PM (+rSRq)

2 Population 5000.  Corn shuckin' on Saturday just before the hoedown later that night. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 16, 2015 05:10 PM (jGQR+)

3 Or it could be where they keep the mutant samurai cows.  Like how a lot of military installations are blurred out in the U.S.

Posted by: Ben at June 17, 2015 07:07 AM (DRaH+)

4 This isn't blurred, it's just low resolution.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 17, 2015 11:02 AM (+rSRq)

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