The Red Bull Ring is an Austrian motorsport race track located in Spielberg, Styria. From 1970 to 1987, the race circuit was known as the Osterreichring and hosted the Austrian Grand Prix for 18 years in a row. The A1-Ring (A Eins-Ring) was later shortened, rebuilt, and renamed, and it hosted the Austrian Grand Prix again from 1997 to 2003. When Formula One outgrew the circuit, a plan was devised to expand it. The pits and main grandstand were demolished, but construction work was halted, and the circuit remained inoperable for several years before being purchased and rebuilt by Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz.
The track, renamed the Red Bull Ring, reopened on 15 May 2011and hosted a round of the 2011 DTM season as well as a round of the 2011 F2 championship. In the 2014 season, Formula One returned to the circuit, and in the 2016 season, MotoGP returned. After the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the schedules of both of those seasons, the Red Bull Ring hosted a second F1 event called the Styrian Grand Prix in 2020 and 2021, as well as a second MotoGP event called the Styrian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2020 and 2021.
The sterreichring track, built in 1969 to replace the bland and bumpy Zeltweg Airfield circuit just across the street, was located in the Styrian mountains and was a visually spectacular and scenic circuit. Although the track was narrow at 10 m (11 yd) in all places, it was very fast; every corner was a fast sweeper that could only be taken in third gear in a five-speed gearbox and fourth gear in a six-speed gearbox. It had noticeable elevation changes during a lap, ranging from 65 m (213 ft) to the highest point. Because of the consistently high speeds, it was a difficult circuit for engines but even more difficult for tyres.
|Spielberg, Styria, Austria
|July 26, 1969
|F1 lap record
|1:05.619 (Carlos Sainz, McLaren, 2020)
So far, 18 Grands Prix have been held at the Red Bull Ring in Formula One. Unsurprisingly, the most successful driver at the Red Bull Ring is a Red Bull Racing driver. Max Verstappen stands atop everyone else with four wins at the track so far in his career. There are a number of drivers tied for P2 at the circuit with two wins each: Lewis Hamiton, Valterri Bottas, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. The likes of Charles Leclerc, David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve occupy P3 with one win each.
|Lewis Hamiton, Valterri Bottas, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen
|Charles Leclerc, David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine, Jacques Villeneuve
Most pole positions
Three drivers are tied for the most pole positions at the Red Bull Ring: Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas. In P2, with two poles each, come Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Jacques Villeneuve, Giancarlo Fisichella, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Charles Leclerc are in P3 with one pole each.
|Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas
|Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen
|Jacques Villeneuve, Giancarlo Fisichella, Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa, Charles Leclerc
Most successful constructors
Ferrari are the most successful team to have raced at the Red Bull Ring with seven wins to their name. McLaren comes in at P2 with six followed by Mercedes with five.