Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Ring, 2011

F1 cars run on the A1 Ring once again

F1 videoPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Red Bull brought F1 back to the A1 Ring last weekend to celebrate the re-opening of the track.

The circuit, which was originally known as the Osterreichring, has been renamed the Red Bull Ring. It hosted the Austrian Grand Prix in its original guide from 1970 to 1987 and in its later form from 1997 to 2003.

The circuit’s configuration remains unchanged from when it last held the Austrian Grand Prix eight years ago.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were among the drivers present at the official opening ceremony.

The event also featured exhibition runs of classic F1 cars as well as demonstration laps by the Red Bull at Toro Rosso drivers.

Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey took to the track in a BMW M3. Vettel left his mark in the wet cement at the circuit including an impression of his ‘number one’ finger gesture.

Bernie Ecclestone and Austrian former F1 drivers Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger and Helmut Marko were also present.

However one driver at the wheel of an ex-Jochen Rindt Lotus 49 crashed into the pit wall in the wet conditions. See the second video below to see what happened.

F1 at the Red Bull Ring: Video

This video includes interviews with Vettel, Webber and Horner:

This video includes more footage of the track action including several classic F1 cars:

F1 at the Red Bull Ring: Pictures

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