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 calendar until 1987 before being dropped. The track returned 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. It was the first Formula One circuit to be redesigned by Hermann Tilke, who since then has worked on or created from scratch almost every other venue used by F1.
After a seven-year stint the A1-Ring was also dropped. It was later purchased by Red Bull and renamed again, then returned to the F1 schedule in 2014. The configuration of the circuit was unchanged, although the exit of turn one was modified to discourage drivers from running wide in order to gain a lap time advantage, and the same has been done at turn eight for the 2015 race.
|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 (Michael Schumacher, 2003)|
|Fastest lap||1’06.228 (Lewis Hamilton, 2016, qualifying two)|
|Maximum speed||322kph (200.081 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||Pit straight and second straight|
|Distance from grid to turn one||323m|
|Longest flat-out section||868m|
|Gear changes per lap||32|
|Fuel use per lap||1.48kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.056s|
|Pit lane time loss||16.1s|
|Tyres:||Drivers’ tyre selections|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes
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