F1 cars run on the A1 Ring once again

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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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47 comments on F1 cars run on the A1 Ring once again

  1. james_mc said on 16th May 2011, 19:36

    I liked the A1-Ring, never saw the old Osterriech Ring. Gives me the opportunity to dig this one out…



  2. LordHesketh said on 16th May 2011, 20:05

    This is somewhat but not totally unrelated. I was reading an article in an old F1Racing magazine about Stewart Grand Prix. Why is it that with all of the fancy celebrities and guests present at Grands Prix on Red Bull Racing’s dollar, I’ve never seen Sir Jackie or his son Paul as their guest in the paddock? Even if there is no direct link between them, the team was technically born as SGP. Maybe Jackie and Paul have just refused?

  3. Mr.Zing Zang said on 17th May 2011, 0:20

    That is not leaving RedBull for now. he’s officially tied.

  4. Daniel said on 17th May 2011, 5:59

    Hope it’ll never be included again in F1 calendar. It’s a too simple (boring) track. It has nothing special. There are already too many boring Tilke tracks. We don’t need one more. Why not having back circuits like Estoril, Jerez, Imola – which are great?

  5. BROOKSY007 (@brooksy007) said on 17th May 2011, 15:09

    Don’t worry guys, I’ve got a great jackhammer!!!

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