The Red Bull Ring is a motorsport race track in Spielberg, Austria. The race circuit was founded as Österreichring and hosted the Austrian Grand Prix for 18 consecutive years from 1970 to 1987. It was later shortened, rebuilt and renamed the A1-Ring (A Eins-Ring), hosting the Austrian Grand Prix again from 1997 to 2003. When Formula One outgrew the circuit, a plan was drawn up to extend the layout. Parts of the circuit, including the pits and main grandstand, were demolished, but construction work was stopped and the circuit remained unusable for several years before it was purchased by Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz and rebuilt. Renamed the Red Bull Ring the track was reopened on 15 May 2011 and the current configuration of the track measures 4,318 metres.
It replaced the nearby Zeltweg military airport, which had become a racetrack and was used in the 1960s to host the first Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix.
The track was initially 5.9 km long, but Hermann Tilke’s design modified and shortened it to 4.3 km in a project that began at the end of 1995 and finished in June 1996. With no further modernisation works, the circuit was unused in the early years of the 21st century, before reopening on 15 May 2011, still featuring the track design introduced in 1996.
The circuit comprises nine turns with a height difference of 65 metres. It is not very winding, with a layout that favours high speeds. The starting straight covers about 70% of the original's length, with the first corner at the top of the hill. Immediately afterwards, a fast section leads to a sharp uphill throttling down, before the Remus Kurve, a hairpin bend to the right. After another fast section, there is a right-hand turn, this time downhill, followed by a quick right-hand turn, heading into the only two left-hand turns on the track (Rauch and Würth). After an uphill right-hander (turn 7) and a straight with a downhill section, the track descends to the last turn, the Jochen Rindt, and then onto the pit straight.