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Red Bull Ring Circuit Details
Location: Austria, Spielberg
Race: Austrian Grand Prix
Used Since: 1997
Type: Closed Cricuit
 Lap Dist.: 4.319 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:08,337 min
Date: 18 May 2003
F1 Driver: Michael Schumacher
F1 Car: Ferrari F2003GA
Speed: 227,526 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:08,082 min
Date: 11 May 2002
F1 Driver: Rubens Barrichello
F1 Car: Ferrari F2002
Speed: 228,378 km/h
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Eddie Irvine Austria 2002

Eddie Irvine driving his Jaguar on the A1 Ring (2002)

In modern times Formula One continues to spread its brand around the world. With each season, new races emerge in different sectors of Asia and USA making it a truly global sport. So when the announcement was made that Austria will return to the calendar for the first time since 2003, it was welcomed as an old friend.

Formula One has been in danger of losing its soul. Europe, the heart of the sport, has seen its slice of the calendar shrink each year. Races in Asia have been beneficial to motor racing in many ways but they shouldn't take the place of the tracks that the sport grew up with. Austria, an old school circuit that once had the same levels of fear as Spa, deserves it place on the grid.

Mainstraight Red Bull Ring, Austria

Mainstraight Red Bull Ring, Austria

A lick of paint and a new pit-area and grandstand are the only major changes that have occurred at the, now called, Red Bull Ring and F1 is likely to encounter an old-school rugged track that is now, sadly, a rarity. The circuit, in the south-east of the country in the beautiful Styrian Mountains in Spielberg, is entering its third phase as an F1 circuit after two eras defined by controversy.

It made its debut in 1970. Then called The Osterreichring, it was famed for its high speed, steep hill climbs and danger. The current track is a much safer version. The heavy crashes and fatalities of the 70’s needed to stop, but this was to the detriment of the track. Shorter than the original, it lost much of its character when it returned after a ten year break in 1997. It still offers long straights, plenty of over-taking opportunities and a rugged edge that will catch out many drivers who are used to being pampered in Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

This time, amongst the bland circuits we see today, it should pose a challenge to the drivers in a way that Hockenheim has failed to do since it re-designed itself in 2002. Whereas the legendary German track has been criticised for its disappointing modifications, absence has made the heart grow stronger for Austria. The Osterreichring may not exist anymore, but it is still a joy to be racing there again.

2002 Austrian podium: Barrichello gets tropy from Schumacher because he had to give away the win.

2002 Austrian podium: Barrichello gets tropy from Schumacher because he had to give away the win.

Traditionally, it has always produced moments of debate. As Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battle for the championship, team orders aren’t in sight. However, Austria played host to the most condemned example of team order in 2002. Rubens Barrichello, who played second fiddle at Ferrari to Michael Schumacher for so long, was about to get one over on his rival by taking a deserved victory in Spielberg. Schumacher, who had dominated the season and was on his way to a 5th world championship, was deemed to need the win more. Ferrari forced Barrichello to move over. Austria’s most famous race was a total miscarriage of justice.

Now under the ownership of Red Bull, who have brought this previously derelict track back to life, Austria has a chance to re-establish itself back on the F1 calendar and how wonderful would it be if it could do it. We need more tracks like The Red Bull Ring as Formula One maintains its soul. Welcome back Austria, welcome back.

Previous F1 GP Winners on Red Bull Ring (A1) Circuit
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2015 2015 2015 Austrian F1 GP result 21 June 1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Brazil Felipe Massa
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
71
71
71
2014 2014 Austrian F1 GP result 22 June 1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
71
71
71
2003 2003 Austrian Grand Prix result 18 May 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
69
69
69
2002 2002 Austrian Grand Prix result 12 May 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
71
71
71
2001 2001 Austrian Grand Prix result 13 May 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
71
71
71
2000 2000 Austrian Grand Prix result 16 July 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
71
71
71
1999 1999 Austrian Grand Prix result 25 July 1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
71
71
71
1998 1998 Austrian Grand Prix result July 26 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
71
71
71
1997 1997 Austrian Grand Prix result 21 September 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
71
71
71