The Red Bull Ring welcomes Formula 1 for Round 9 of the 2016 season. Here’s everything you need to know about the Austrian track!


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LAPS 71
TURNS 8
LAP LENGTH 4.326km
FIRST RACE 1970
MOST WINS ALAIN PROST (3)

Fast Facts:

  • 2016 will be the 30th time that the Austrian Grand Prix has been held.
  • The lap is the shortest, in terms of time taken to do one lap, on the calendar, taking less than 70 seconds to complete.
  • Stefan Johansson hit a deer in Austrian Grand Prix practice in 1987. The Swede suffered broken ribs in the 180mph impact but managed to complete the Grand Prix just days later.
  • 63.6 metres is the difference between the highest and lowest point on the track, which sits 600 metres above sea level.
  • The track, formerly known as the A1 Ring,  was bought by Dietrich Mateschitz in 2004 and was brought back up to the highest standard in 2008. It was re-opened as the Red Bull Ring in 2011. 
  • In 2016, Nico Rosberg has a chance to equal Alain Prost as the driver with the most wins at the track. Prost won three times, Nico has won twice in the past two years. 

Last 10 Austrian Grand Prix Winners:

Year Winner
2015 Nico Rosberg
2014 Nico Rosberg
2003 Michael Schumacher
2002 Michael Schumacher
2001 David Coulthard
2000 Mika Hakkinen
1999 Eddie Irvine
1998 Mika Hakkinen
1997 Jacques Villeneuve
1987 Nigel Mansell

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Nicky Haldenby is a 23 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature. He founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016. Nicky also writes for Badger GP.

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