Founded in 1969 as the Österreichring, the Formula One Austrian Grand Prix was hosted at the circuit from 1970 to 1987. The circuit was removed from the Formula One calendar due to growing safety concerns. However after being renovated in the mid-90s, the circuit returned to the F1 calendar as the renamed A1-Ring, once again hosting the Austrian Grand Prix from 1997 to 2003.
After Formula One once again removed the circuit from the calendar, the new owner of the circuit did further renovations and renamed it the Red Bull Ring, reopening in 2011 and Formula One returned in 2014.
MotoGP hosted the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix from 1971 to 1997, being scrapped due to low spectator number. However the race returned in 2016. The Touring Car series, DTM has hosted a race at the circuit continuously since 2011.
Location & Travel
The Red Bull Ring is located in Spielberg, a city in the region of Styria in Austria.
Air: The nearest international airport is at Graz, located approximately an hour away from the circuit. The airport does have domestic flights and mainly flights to central Europe. The larger Vienna International Airport offers a wider range of destinations and is located approximately two hours drive from the Red Bull Ring.
Bus: Eventbus offers a bus service from many cities in Austria directly to the circuit. There are also regular shuttle buses to the circuit from Judenburg bus station, running every 30 minutes between 8am and 8pm.
Driving & Parking: Parking appears to be free at the Red Bull Ring, you will be directed to the closest car park depending on the colour of your ticket. It is recommended using the following routes on race weekend depending on the direction you are travelling from:
- Vienna / East Austria: S6 –St. Michael junction – S36
- Graz / South Styria: A9 – Gleinalmtunnel* – St. Michael junction – S36
- Salzburg: A10 – B96 – St. Michael im Lungau – Tamsweg – Murau – Judenburg
- Upper Austria: A9 – Bosrucktunnel* – St. Michael junction – S36
- Carinthia: B317 – Neumarkter Sattel – Judenburg – S36 or B78 – Weißkirchen in der Steiermark (then follow local signs)
- Schladming / Selzthal region: B320 – Liezen – B113 – Trieben (not the A9) – B114 – Triebener Tauern – Pöls – via Fohnsdorf to the Red Bull Ring (follow local signs)
Park & Bike: A slightly different method, those willing to cycle the last few kilometres to the circuit can park & bike. These are available at Großlobming (7.3 km away, close to Schlossweg 19, 8734 Großlobming) and Weißkirchen (9.7 km away, on the B77, Judenburgerstraße 32, 8741 Weißkirchen).
Train: The closest train station can be found at Knittelfeld, which has services to most of Austria’s major cities, with a journey time of approximately 3 hours from Vienna and 80 minutes (with a change at Bruck) to Graz. The station at Knittelfeld has shuttles to the circuit every 20 minutes between 8am and 8pm, taking about 10 minutes as the station is only 5km away.
Ticket prices vary considerably for the Formula 1 and MotoGP depending on which day you attend and which kind of ticket you want – varying from VIP to Grandstand to General Admission.