Red Bull Ring – Austria
The Red Bull Ring is located in Spielberg bei Knittelfeld in Styria. It was built in 1969 to adapt to the needs of motor racing, which could no longer be played in the Zeltweg military aerodrome, due to the rough and abrasive surface that characterized the plant.
It has been home to many motorsport competitions for many years, including Formula 1, MotoGP and World Superbike.
An endless series of works have profoundly modified the original layout, which has remained inactive for a long time. In 2004, Red Bull purchased ownership of the track, making a series of investments to bring the track back to the glories of the past. Due to environmental protests, however, the work was stopped.
In April 2008, the ownership of the circuit decided to resume the modernization works of the plant which ended in the autumn of 2010. The circuit at present has a configuration identical to that of the previous A1-Ring, which had been inaugurated in 1996.
The track is 4,318 m long, has 3 curves to the left and 7 to the right, with an altitude variation of about 65 meters. The small number of curves and the presence of rather long straights make the circuit very fast. On 14 August 2016, the circuit returned to host the World Championship, which had stopped there the last time in 1997.