1963 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1963 Formula One season
Date 1 September 1963
Official name I Großer Preis von Österreich
Location Zeltweg Airfield
Course Temporary airport facility
Course length 3.1865 km (1.98 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 254.92 km (158.4 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:10.2
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax
Time 1:11.4
First Brabham-Climax
Second Scirocco-BRM
Third Porsche

The 1st Austrian Grand Prix was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 1 September 1963 at the Zeltweg Airfield. The race was run over 80 laps of the circuit, and was won by Australian driver Jack Brabham in a Brabham BT3, finishing a massive five laps ahead of the next finisher. Many competitors retired after the rough surface of the track caused mechanical failures.

This race marked the Formula One debut of 1970 World Champion Jochen Rindt, and also the only Formula One appearance of his compatriot Kurt Bardi-Barry, who was killed in a road accident in February 1964.


Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham-Climax 1.09:06.3 2
2 United States Tony Settember Scirocco-Powell (Racing Cars) Scirocco-BRM 75 laps 8
3 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 75 laps 10
4 New Zealand Chris Amon Reg Parnell (Racing) Lola-Climax 71 laps 6
5 France Bernard Collomb Bernard Collomb Lotus-Climax Suspension (71 laps) 11
6 United Kingdom Tim Parnell Tim Parnell Lotus-BRM 70 laps 17
7 Germany Günther Seiffert Rhine-Ruhr Racing Team Lotus-BRM 68 laps 14
8 United Kingdom Innes Ireland British Racing Partnership Lotus-BRM Cam follower (64 laps) 4
9 Belgium André Pilette Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 64 laps 15
Ret Switzerland Jo Siffert Siffert Racing Team Lotus-BRM Fuel pump mounting 7
Ret Sweden Jo Bonnier Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax Ignition 5
Ret Austria Jochen Rindt Jochen Rindt Cooper-Ford Con-rod 12
Ret Italy Ernesto Prinoth Scuderia Jolly Club Lotus-Climax Suspension 9
Ret United Kingdom Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Oil pipe 1
Ret United States Jim Hall British Racing Partnership Lotus-BRM Engine 3
Ret Austria Kurt Bardi-Barry Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche Withdrew 16
Ret United Kingdom Ian Burgess Scirocco-Powell (Racing Cars) Scirocco-BRM Con-rod 13
WD United Kingdom Peter Arundell Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Contract dispute -
WD United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones Reg Parnell (Racing) Lola-Climax Car not ready -


  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.

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