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||307.146km (190.852 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|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
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