Red Bull Ring – circuit information

Jarno Trulli, Renault, A1-Ring, 2003The Red Bull Ring in Austria has had three different names and two significantly different configurations during its time on the F1 calendar.

After a one-off world championship race on the bumpy Zeltweg airfield in 1964, the nearby Osterreichring became the new venue for the Austrian Grand Prix in 1970 and immediately proved one of the fastest courses on the schedule.

It remained on the schedule until 1987 before being dropped. The track returned to the calendar ten years later with a new name – the A1-Ring – and a radical overhaul, with most of its dramatic high-speed bends replaced by tight corners.

After a seven-year stint the A1-Ring was also dropped. It has since been purchased by Red Bull and renamed again, and returns to the F1 schedule in 2014.

Track data

Lap data
Lap length 4.326km (2.688 miles)
Race laps 71
Race distance 307.02km (190.773 miles)
Pole position Left-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’08.337 (227.894 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2003
Fastest lap 1’07.908 (229.334 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2003
Maximum speed 301.5kph (187.343 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and second straight
Distance from grid to turn one 185m
Car performance
Full throttle 63%
Longest flat-out section 868m
Downforce level Low/medium
Fuel use per lap 1.4kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.056s
Strategy
2014 prime tyre: Soft
2014 option tyre: Super-soft

NB. No race in 2013
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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