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The old Osterreichring is no longer usable, but Red Bull has done an excellent job in refurbishing what was the A1 Ring and bringing it back to the calendar. A number of mid and high-speed corners are punctuated by long straights which require good power, especially on the steep climb up to Turn 2. The first three corners all offer overtaking opportunities, before the circuit sweeps down the hill through two left-handers followed by a high-speed change of direction. Disappearing through the trees, the penultimate corner is a real test as an off-camber right before another mid-speed right back onto the pit straight. Simple, short, fast. All in a beautiful setting.
In contrast to many of the circuits close to cities on the F1 calendar, the Red Bull Ring is a real step back in time in terms of a classic circuit in a relatively remote location. Nearby Zeltweg offers a few bars, restaurants and hotels, but the beauty of the location makes the small towns and villages dotted around the Styrian Mountains just as attractive.
Camping is encouraged at the Red Bull Ring, with live music put on during the race weekend. However, for those willing to commute to the race from afar, Graz is the nearest big city. Over 70km to the south east, Graz takes about an hour to reach from the circuit but offers beautiful Austrian culture. The main attractions in Graz are the funicular railway and clock tower, as well as Eggenberg Palace.
You’ll realistically need a car to for the Austrian Grand Prix, but that offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding region. The Southern Styrian Wine Road can be incorporated into your trip to the circuit, while the Gosseum brewery is much closer to the track and allows you to explore the history of the Gosser beer brand.
Seckau Abbey is just 14km from the circuit, while one of the highest peaks in the region – Zirbitzkogel – offers breathtaking panoramic views of the area from 2396 metres above sea level and is just 30km away. Even closer to the circuit is the Zeltweg Aviation Museum, which houses over 25 historic planes in Hanger No. 8.
HOW TO GET THERE
Due to the circuit’s remote location, a car is almost a necessity for this race. Any one of three airports – Vienna, Salzburg and Graz – will result in a fair drive, with Graz the closest but also the one with the fewest options. Vienna and Salzburg are both over a two hour drive away, but the former offers the most frequent and cheapest flights.
Trying to use public transport from the airport to the track will more than double journey times, but the target station is at Knittelfeld from where buses run to the track.