Red Bull Ring circuit was founded as Österreichring and hosted the F1 Austrian Grand Prix for 18 consecutive years, from 1970 to 1987. It was later shortened, rebuilt and renamed the A1-Ring, again reopened for Austrian Grand Prix from 1997 to 2003.
When Formula One outgrew the circuit, a plan was drawn up to extend the layout. Parts of the circuit, including the pits and main grandstand, were demolished, but construction work was stopped and the circuit remained unusable for several years before it was purchased by Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz and rebuilt. Renamed the Red Bull Ring the track was reopened on 15 May 2011 and subsequently hosted a round of the 2011 DTM season and a round of the 2011 F2 championship.
The next stop on the 2014 Formula One calendar as the F1 circus arrives at the new-look Red Bull Ring.
1. Get FIA grade 1 circuit certification
Red Bull Ring circuit totally reconstruct, when Dietrich Mateschitz bought, especially a brand new pit building, garages and grandstands and they get FIA grade 1 circuit certification, now the battle field fit to host a Formula 1 grand prix.
2. Very short lap
With only 10 turns, long straights and a track length of 4.326 km, the Red Bull Ring is likely to be the shortest lap of the year. Michael Schumacher’s lap record from 2003 stands at 1:08.337 and the Austrian hills could see laps break the 70 second barrier again in 2014.
3. The first Austrian GP venue is just down the road
Just a few kilometres away from the Red Bull Ring is Zeltweg Airfield, home of the first Austrian Grand Prix back in 1964. Jochen Rindt made his debut at the race, becoming the first Austrian driver to race in Formula One. A statue of Rindt now features in the centre of the Red Bull Ring, a tribute to the posthumous world champion from 1970.
4. Other Motorsports activities
You don’t have to just sit and watch at the Red Bull Ring, as the circuit offers some of the best track days in the world. You can take your own car around the track or even give it a try in a KTM X-Bow, NASCAR, or if you’re feeling really brave, a Formula Renault 3.5.
5. Not just a race track
The experiences aren’t just limited to the race track either. You can try out rally driving, off-road, enduro, motocross and even get lessons from the pros. It really is a motorsport paradise! (RedBull/ThisisF1)