Name :Red Bull Ring
No. of Races :3
First Race :Jun 22, 2014
Last Race :Jul 03, 2016
Located in Spielberg in the Styrian mountains, the Red Bull Ring was originally founded as the Osterreichring, which hosted the inaugural Austrian Grand Prix in 1970.
Over the years, the circuit has evolved from a seven-corner, sweeping 5.9-kilometre layout to its current version of a 4.3km fast track with nine turns, an iteration which has continued since it hosted the Grand Prix under the A1 Ring name.
Energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull added the circuit to its motorsport portfolio when it purchased, redeveloped and launched the facility in 2011.
One of the few circuits on the calendar that hasn't been corrupted by track designer Hermann Tilke, the Red Bull Ring features stark changes in elevation, particularly at the daunting opening corner; an idea which was lifted by Tilke when constructing the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Nevertheless, despite the quick nature of the circuit it's still challenging in terms of setup as a twisting in-field section, coupled with three straights, proved to be a conundrum for the engineers.
Austria has had a long association with Formula One - the first Grand Prix was held in 1970 - and it’s apt that the country returned to the sport, especially since Red Bull has been at the helm of F1.
- Between 1997 and 2003, the last period in which the Austrian GP was held, the six races were either won by Ferrari or McLaren.
- The name of the circuit has changed from its original Osterreichring, to A1 Ring to its current nomenclature Red Bull Ring.
- The track was abandoned by Formula One for nearly a decade owing to security concerns.
- Was named A-1 Ring after the Austrian cellular phone provider A-1.
- In 2006, Austrian driver Alexander Wurz said that he would buy the circuit but plans failed to materialise.
The circuit is actually very pretty, not only the track, but the whole area. The circuit's set amid a beautiful natural landscape. There are not many distractions there - it's just about racing.
- Sebastian Vettel