Red Bull Ring, 2020

Red Bull Ring – circuit information

The Red Bull Ring in Austria has had three different names and two significantly different configurations during its time on the F1 calendar.

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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 length4.326km (2.688 miles)
Race laps71
Race distance307.02km (190.773 miles)
Pole positionLeft-hand side of the track
Lap record*1’08.337 (Michael Schumacher, 2003)
Fastest lap1’02.939 (Valtteri Bottas, 2020, qualifying three)
Maximum speed327.4kph (203.437 mph)
Distance from grid to turn one216.94m
Car performance
Full throttle79%
Longest flat-out section868m
Downforce levelLow/medium
Gear changes per lap32
Fuel use per lap1.48kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel0.056s
Strategy
Pit lane time loss16.1s

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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Video: How the circuit has changed

Aerial map

Red Bull Ring image gallery

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