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In Case You Missed It - off track in Austria

04 Jul 2016

The scenic Spielberg circuit provided a superb setting for a fascinating Grand Prix on Sunday. However, there was also plenty going on behind the scenes in the build-up to the Austrian race. Here's our social media roundup of just a few of the highlights...

A touch of nostalgia

Manor racer - and Mercedes test driver - Pascal Wehrlein was looking forward not just to Austria, but also Germany, following a pre-race visit to Hockenheim, where he got to check out some historic Silver Arrows machinery.

On yer bike

Did Romain Grosjean think he was starting the Tour de France rather than the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend? Here is the Haas driver following a training session with Swiss cycling legend and Olympic gold medallist Pascal Richard.

Tractor time

Dirndls, lederhosen, and a tractor in the paddock - all part of the unique Spielberg experience.

And family time

Williams' Felipe Massa gives his son a guided tour of the Red Bull Ring, giving us a close-up glimpse at the kerbs which were the subject of so much conversation over the weekend.

Daniel dances

After his famous routine with Daniil Kvyat in the rain-swept Austin pit lane last year, it seems Daniel Ricciardo has got a whole lot more serious about his ballroom skills.

Birthday boy

No wonder Ricciardo was feeling so light on his feet - he celebrated his 27th birthday on Friday. And, of course, there had to be cake.

Frank feels the force

Long-time F1 fan George Lucas was among the famous faces in the Spielberg paddock, and the Star Wars creator took time out to visit the Williams team owner.

Something to celebrate

He may not have won in Austria, but Nico Rosberg had at least some cause for joy after the German football team beat Italy to reach the semi-finals of the Euro 2016 competition.

Love those lederhosen

It was Red Bull's home race, so of course their drivers had to don the national costume.

A team effort

And it wasn't just the Red Bull drivers who were game enough - the management also got in on the action.

Blast from the past

One of the highlights of the Austrian weekend was a celebration of the hugely popular BMW Procar series which supported Grands Prix back in 1979 and ’80 and featured F1 racers of the day against sportscar and touring car stars. The 14 BMW M1s that were assembled were led by Niki Lauda. The Austrian took the first series’ title in a car run by the emergent Ron Dennis’s upcoming Project 4 team. Lauda was joined by Hans Stuck, Marc Surer, Christian Danner, Jochen Mass, Jan Lammers, Dieter Quester, Johnny Cecotto, Prince Leopold von Bayern, Harald Grohs, Markus Hotz, Sepp Manhalter, plus Gerhard Berger and Jos Verstappen.