Heinz Prüller

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Heinz Peter Prüller (born April 30, 1941 in Vienna ) is an Austrian journalist and sports commentator . His Formula 1 moderations in particular enjoy cult status due to their mix of extensive background knowledge and capital slip of the tongue .


Heinz Prüller states that he had his first experiences as a sports journalist when he was 13 years old. At the age of 16, he is said to have had his first interview with Enzo Ferrari . After completing his basic military service from 1960 to 1961, he first went to the Express and in 1971 to the Kronen Zeitung . From 1975 to 1986 he worked as editor-in-chief of the ski and tennis world . From 1987 to 1989 he was involved in founding and expanding today's sports magazine . From 1989 to 1994 he headed the main sports department of Austrian radio. In 1995 he was honored with the Golden Romy as the most popular sports presenter.

From 1965 to 2008, Heinz Prüller commented on Formula 1 races (approx. 650 in total) and, since 1970, also on the Alpine Ski World Championships for ORF , as well as football world championships and Olympic Games . Prüller is an important Formula 1 specialist among German-speaking journalists. He writes the yearbook Grand Prix Story every year , in which he analyzes the entire previous Formula 1 season.

Heinz Prüller is the author of over 60 books, mainly Formula 1 yearbooks, but also biographies and, together with his wife Nora Frey, even a book about the common dog (Grimaldi: now I'm talking).

From 1990 to February 2010 he was married to Nora Frey , the ORF journalist and former radio and television presenter and now a media coach.

In 2006 he lent his voice to commentator Heinz Prueller in the Austria version of the Disney Pixar film Cars . He can also be heard several times in the German version of the film Rush - Alles für die Sieg 2013.

In February 2009, the commentator's contract with ORF was no longer extended because of Prüler's age. But Prüller should continue to be involved in Formula 1 reporting. Most recently he had a special contract - although officially retired since 2007. At the beginning of the 2009 season , his colleague Ernst Hausleitner replaced him in the Formula 1 moderation. He has not commented on ski races since 2005.

From June 2009 to mid-2011 he commented alongside the duo Jacques Schulz and Marc Surer on the Formula 1 races for the pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland (formerly Premiere ) on his own sound option for viewers from Austria.

Since 2009, the ORF retiree has also been writing occasionally for the motorsport specialist magazine “ Motorsport aktuell ”.

Career stations

  • 1962: Head of sports at the Abend-Express, later at the Express
  • 1965: first live broadcasts on radio and television
  • 1967: first TV studio broadcasts
  • since 1971: Formula 1 and ski reporter for the "Kronen Zeitung"
  • 1976–1986: Editor-in-chief of "skiwelt - tenniswelt", then of "Sportmagazin"
  • 1989–1995: Head of Sports Department at ORF radio, then chief reporter Sports on ORF television
  • 1965–2008: Commentator of the Formula 1 races on ORF television
  • 2009–2011: Commentator on Formula 1 races at Sky Deutschland

Moderation style

Heinz Prüller often concentrates so much on conveying background information in his moderation that he forgets to follow the racing action. It does happen that a ski racer falls and continues to report on his placements in previous races. If he then notices the fall, however, he can list other failures by this skier in the past, as well as falls of other runners at the same point.

In the television program hoppala , Prüller reported how he commented on a Formula 1 race from Long Beach (California) without a monitor only with the help of a telephone "whisperer" from Austria - and was the only European who could comment: Although the race was broadcast worldwide, but with the exception of California, so as not to lose potential visitors; so it could not be seen on the screen after a technical breakdown on site. The Austrian colleague, who was able to see the race, was technically ignorant and is said to have transmitted information of the following kind: "A red overtakes a white, a yellow drives next to a green". Aware of his reputation, Prüller emphasized, that was only this time.

The radio station Ö3 collected the funniest quotes in every Formula 1 race (also called fights by the fans ) and broadcasts them under the title Prüler's best sayings .

He is also often parodied together with Niki Lauda .


  • This curve is very angular: Heinz Prüller's best sayings.
  • Our champions. Everything about Austria's racing driver of the century. Triumphs & defeats, careers & destinies, heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
  • Jochen Rindt - tribute to a world champion
  • Eating like a world champion: The kitchen secrets of the sports stars
  • The golden decade: Great athletes in Austria
  • White laurel - the Karl Schranz story
  • One of them - Jochen Rindt
  • Laurel until next time
  • The girl Pröll
  • Incredible! Myth, Superstition and Rituals in Sports
  • Grand Prix Story 1971: And the men who lived it
  • Grand Prix Story 1972: The Year of Fittipaldi
  • Grand Prix Story 1973: Two against Lotus: Stewart and Cevert
  • Grand Prix Story 1974: Despite Ferrari - Fittipaldi
  • Grand Prix Story 1975: Lauda and a year like no other
  • Grand Prix Story 1976: One Point - One Life
  • Grand Prix Story 1977: Ferrari addio
  • Grand Prix Story 1978: Andretti, number 1
  • Grand Prix Story 1979: French, Arabs, Ferrari, Lauda
  • Grand Prix Story 1980: The young lions
  • Grand Prix Story 1981: Piquet World Champion, Reutemann reveal why Lauda is driving again
  • Grand Prix Story 1982: The bold Rosberg
  • Grand Prix Story 1983: The first turbo champion
  • Grand Prix Story 1984: The Greatest Lauda
  • Grand Prix Story 1985: Thank you, Niki!
  • Grand Prix Story 1986: Gerhard Berger: The way to Ferrari!
  • Grand Prix Story 1987: A man sees red
  • Grand Prix Story 1988: Solo for 2 - Thanks Enzo!
  • Grand Prix Story 1989: The big crash
  • Grand Prix Story 1990: The low-flying aircraft
  • Grand Prix Story 1991: Cross-border commuters
  • Grand Prix Story 1992: The Great Poker
  • Grand Prix Story 1993: Adieu, Alain - Servus, Schumacher
  • Grand Prix Story 1994: Requiem for Senna
  • Grand Prix Story 1995: Servus, Ferrari!
  • Grand Prix Story 1996: Damon Hill - One against all
  • Grand Prix Story 1997: Champion by KO
  • Grand Prix Story 1998: The Mika-Michael duel
  • Grand Prix Story 1999: Mika Häkkinen: 2 times champion
  • Grand Prix Story 2000: Grazie, Schumi!
  • Grand Prix Story 2001: Formula Schumi
  • Grand Prix Story 2002: Crash Course
  • Grand Prix Story 2003: Schumi against the young lions
  • Grand Prix Story 2004: newcomers, changers, promoters
  • Grand Prix Story 2005: Alonso 1. - The new king.
  • Grand Prix Story 2006: Servus, Schumi!
  • Grand Prix Story 2007: Black Magic, Kimi and Spies
  • Grand Prix Story 2008: Winning is not enough
  • Grand Prix Story 2009: victories and scandals
  • Grand Prix Story 2010: From Fangio to Schumacher
  • Grand Prix Story 2011: Dances with the bull
  • Grand Prix Story 2012: The wild ride to Texas
  • Grand Prix Story 2013: Vettel - Four times is not enough
  • Grand Prix Story 2014: Star Wars
  • Grand Prix Story 2015: Winning is the only thing that matters
  • Grand Prix Story 2016: Mercedes - jousting games
  • Grand Prix Story 2017: Harder, wider, faster - the new Formula 1
  • Grand Prix Story 2018: Promotion to the top league
  • Grand Prix Story 2019: a thousand races are not enough


  • World Sports Media Trophy 1992 for new ways in radio and sports reporting
  • Romy 1995 (an audience award) as Austria's most popular sports reporter
  • Decoration of honor of the State of Styria for his services to the Austrian Grand Prix 2000
  • Lorenzo Bandini Trophy 2003 as the first non-Italian Formula 1 reporter
  • Béla Barényi Prize 2010

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Formula 1: ORF sends presenter Heinz Prüller into retirement
  2. Today shock with the fans: ORF turns Prüller off! dated February 6, 2009
  3. It has 'roared-out'! Prüller is no longer allowed to comment on ski races , News , December 15, 2005
  4. Heinz Prüller celebrates a comeback at Premiere , Kleine Zeitung , June 9, 2009
  5. ^ Aubauer, Gertrude: People, masks and quirks: happy from 50 years of ORF. Uebereuter, Vienna 2004. ISBN 3-8000-7039-1 , pp. 72f