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Austrian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2016

Circuit information
CircuitRed Bull Ring
TimezoneGMT +02:00
Race debut1963
Length4.326 km
Distance307.020 km
Line offset0.126 km

Event overview

The Austrian Grand Prix made its comeback to the Formula One calendar, after a ten year absence. Won by Michael Schumacher in 2003, the race dropped off the schedule and the track, formerly known as the Österreichring, then known as the A1-Ring, was bought by Red Bull.

In July 2013, the speculation and rumours began that the race would be making a comeback, and it took up its position as the eighth round of the 2014 season. The Red Bull Ring, as it is now known, follows the same track layout as its predecessor, but there has been extensive development at the circuit to improve the facilities.

The grandstands and pit area was reworked in 2004, meaning the track couldn’t return to the F1 calendar that year and when Red Bull took over, boss Dietrich Mateschitz didn’t seem particularly interested in revamping the track. After a couple of years, however, renovations did take place, and motorsport began to return to the area.

The Red Bull Ring hosted a round of the DTM and F2 championships in 2011, whilst there have also been historic races held at the track. The lap is a simple layout, ten quick turns across just over 4 kilometres. Starting on the home straight, a ninety degree right hander leads to another long, if slightly leaning, straight, which culminates in a harsh hairpin.

The second sector follows, introducing more corners, back and forth, winding around an elongated u-bend to return to a short straight and the third sector. That takes us ninety degrees but sweeping to the right, and then another ninety degrees to the right, but much tighter, which then slides back on to the home straight and the run down to the finish line.

Learn more about Austria with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
01 JulFridayFree Practice 109:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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02 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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03 JulSundayGrand Prix13:00
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Weekend results in detail
Free Practice 1 results
Free Practice 2 results
Free Practice 3 results
Qualifying results
Starting grid
Race results
Fastest laps
Driver standings
Constructor standings

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