Red Bull Ring – circuit information

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014The 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 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.

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 (Michael Schumacher, 2003)
Fastest lap 1’07.908 (Michael Schumacher, 2003, qualifying one)
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 1.34kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.056s
Strategy
2015 prime tyre: Soft (2014: Soft)
2015 option tyre: Super-soft (2014: Super-soft)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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