Located in the heart of the Styrian mountains, the Red Bull Ring (formerly known as Österreichring and the A1 Ring) hosts Formula 1 and MotoGP races annually.
The original 6km Österreichring opened in 1969 as a replacement for the bumpy track at Zeltweg Airfield, hosting its first F1 Austrian Grand Prix in 1970. Located in the picturesque Styrian mountains, the track was frighteningly fast. After hosting 18 consecutive Austrian Grands Prix and seeing a number of major accidents, including the death of Mark Donohue in 1975, F1 moved away from the track, which had been deemed too unsafe.
Both motorcycles and Formula 1 returned to the circuit in the mid-nineties, by which time the circuit had been renamed the ‘A1-Ring’, and had been re-designed by Hermann Tilke, in the now-famous track designer’s first major commission. The track was shortened by 2km and lost the sweeping corners for which it had become legendary. After failing to make much money, the track was removed from the F1 calendar in 2004. Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz bought the track and set about a major redevelopment, but work was halted after environmental complaints. With existing buildings demolished, the track lay dormant for six years, until the circuit was finally revived and re-opened as the Red Bull Ring in 2011. The Austrian Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2014, in front of a sell-out crowd. Comprising of just eight corners, the lap is the shortest to complete in terms of time on the current F1 calendar.
Since 2016, the track has hosted the Austrian round of the MotoGP championship each August, following a 19-year hiatus of the event. 2019 will mark the first year since 2010 where the DTM series has not raced at the circuit.
In 2020, the Red Bull Ring hosted the first two races on the Formula 1 calendar after a delayed start to the season resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The circuit also hosted two back-to-back MotoGP races in 2020. In both cases, the events were held behind closed doors.
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The Red Bull Ring is located in rural Spielberg, in the mountainous Styrian region of Austria.
The best airport in the area is Vienna International Airport (VIE), 200km from the Red Bull Ring, which offers a wide range of short, medium and long haul flights. The closest airport is Flughafen Graz (GRZ), around 85km from the circuit, but offers a limited number of connections.
How to get to the Red Bull Ring:
- Train: Knittelfeld Bahnhof is the closest train station to the Red Bull Ring, with free shuttle buses for the 10km journey from the station to the circuit offered to fans on Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
- Bus: Eventbus operates buses to the circuit from most major Austrian cities on Grand Prix weekend.
- Car: The rural location of the circuit, near the S36 motorway, means driving yourself is one of the easiest ways to get to the Red Bull Ring. It’ll take around an hour from Graz and two hours from Vienna to get to the track by car on a traffic-free run. Trackside parking is free. Browse car rentals in Austria.
More information about getting to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix can be found on F1Destinations: Getting There & Around – Austrian Grand Prix.
With its rural location in the Styrian mountains, you’re likely to be looking at finding accommodation in Graz, a little distance from the Red Bull Ring; unless you’re camping at the track.
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You’ll be in good company if you’re planning on camping for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, with thousands of fans camping at the track each year. There are seven color-coded campsites around the circuit, with the Pink and Orange sites the most picturesque, and least likely to be noisy.
Graz is a good place to base yourself for the weekend; but be aware that the city isn’t huge and hotels increase their prices over the race weekend. The Der Marienhof Hotel Garni, in the east of Graz, and Hotel Süd, in the south, are well-priced 4-star hotels. The Hotel Gollner, Best Western Plus Amedia Hotel Graz and Mercure Graz City are all centrally located, in excess of €220 per night for double rooms.
Due to its mountainous location, there are a number of mountain chalets in the surrounding area; there’ll be no snow to worry about in June when the F1 race is held! Lachtalhaus, JUFA Hotel Maria Lankowitz and Romantik-Villa LebensART are all good options, located within 30km of the circuit.
More information about where to stay for the Austrian Grand Prix can be found on F1Destinations: Accommodation – Austrian Grand Prix
Go behind the scenes at the Red Bull Ring with a guided tour
- About: The 90-minute tour leads to areas that are normally closed to visitors like the VIP-Lounges, the Race Control, the Medical Center or the Media Center. One of the highlights of the tour is the voestalpine wing, which also serves as the gateway to the Red Bull Ring and is modeled on the rear of a racing car. In the Vehicle exhibition in Welcome Center you can legendary cars and bikes, which have written motorsport history. Finally, you can find out how fast you are at the Carrera-track, that looks exactly like the Red Bull Ring.
- Cost: 15 EUR for adults
- Register: [email protected] or +43 3577 202 27030
The Red Bull Ring is available regularly during the summer months for a variety of track days and driving experiences.
- Driving Experiences: It’s possible to book driving experiences at the Red Bull Ring for race cars (single-seaters and saloons) and motorbikes. Off-road experiences are also available. Click here for more information.
- Track Days: several companies also organize regular track days at the Red Bull Ring, where you can bring your own car and drive on the track. Click here for a list of upcoming track days.
2018 Austrian Grand Prix Formula 1 grandstand map