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.
|Lap length||4.326km (2.688 miles)|
|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|
|Longest flat-out section||868m|
|Fuel use per lap||1.4kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.056s|
|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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