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The Red Bull Ring (formerly the Österreichring and the A1-Ring) is a motor racing circuit near Spielberg, Austria which has been used to host the Austrian Grand Prix on 29 occasions, the latest in 2017. Since opening in 1969, the circuit has undergone numerous major layout changes in an attempt to improve safety. It was removed from the Formula One calendar in 2003 and has lay dormant since. However, the circuit was acquired by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz and reopened in 2011. It has since hosted rounds of the DTM and Formula 2 championships in 2011. The Austrian Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2014.

HistoryEdit

ÖsterreichringEdit

Österreichring1977

The Österreichring with the Hella-Licht Schikane.

The local auto club felt that Austria belonged on the Formula One map. But after running two events at the nearby Zeltweg Airfield, a proper track was desperately needed. A plot of land was found about two km north, in the foothills above the airport. Making full use of the available space and terrain, a 5.9 km circuit was laid out, with only seven real corners. At no point on the track did a Formula One car have to shift below third gear, and laps speeds were comfortably above 200 km/h.

A1-RingEdit

A1 Ring

The circuit, as the A1-Ring.

Red Bull RingEdit

Circuit Red Bull Ring

The Red Bull Ring, unchanged in design from 2003.

Starting from the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, the kink after Turn 1 was recognised as Turn 2 by the FIA, after MotoGP described it as Turn 2 during their races at Austria.[1]

Race winnersEdit

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor
Österreichring
1970 Austrian GP Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari
1971 Austrian GP Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom BRM
1972 Austrian GP Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1973 Austrian GP Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1974 Austrian GP Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Brabham-Ford Cosworth
1975 Austrian GP Italy Vittorio Brambilla United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth
1976 Austrian GP United Kingdom John Watson United States Penske-Ford Cosworth
1977 Austrian GP Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Shadow-Ford Cosworth
1978 Austrian GP Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1979 Austrian GP Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford Cosworth
1980 Austrian GP France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault
1981 Austrian GP France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Matra
1982 Austrian GP Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1983 Austrian GP France Alain Prost France Renault
1984 Austrian GP Austria Niki Lauda United Kingdom McLaren-TAG
1985 Austrian GP France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG
1986 Austrian GP France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG
1987 Austrian GP United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda
A1-Ring
1997 Austrian GP Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault
1998 Austrian GP Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
1999 Austrian GP United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari
2000 Austrian GP Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
2001 Austrian GP United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
2002 Austrian GP Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2003 Austrian GP Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
Red Bull Ring
2014 Austrian GP Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes
2015 Austrian GP Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes
2016 Austrian GP United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes
2017 Austrian GP Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wood, Ryan (5 July 2017). "FIA amends Red Bull Ring's corner numbers". Motorsport Week. https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15176. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Airfield Circuit (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
Races 1963 • 1964 • 1965–1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988–1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004–2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
Red Bull Ring was previously called Österreichring and A1-Ring.


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The Red Bull Ring was previously known as the "A1-Ring" and before that the "Österreichring".
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