1963 Austrian Grand Prix

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.

1963 Austrian Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1963 Formula One season
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Race details
Date 1 September 1963
Official name I Großer Preis von Österreich
Location Zeltweg Airfield
Course Temporary airport facility
Course length 3.186 km (1.980 miles)
Distance 80 laps, 254.92 km (158.4 miles)
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

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


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

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