The Red Bull Ring returned as host of the Austrian Grand Prix in 2014. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the circuit ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix!
Track length: 4.318km
Race length: 306.452km
Circuit opened: 1969
F1 first visited: 1970
Races held: 35
Track Record: 1:02.939, Valtteri Bottas, 2020
Lap Record: 1:05.619, Carlos Sainz , 2020
Since 1970, there have been 35 Formula 1 races held at the track now known as the Red Bull Ring. There have been 33 Austrian Grands Prix held here, in addition to the 2020 and 2021 Styrian Grands Prix. During those 35 races, 23 different drivers have taken a victory at the circuit.
Max Verstappen has the most wins here with four, while McLaren and Mercedes are the teams with the most victories at the track with six apiece. British drivers have recorded more wins here than any other nation, also with six wins.
Ford and Mercedes-powered cars are tied for the most victories at this circuit, with nine each. The last win by a Ford engine at this track was in 1982, while Mercedes have powered six of the last ten victories at the track.
Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen are the only drivers to have taken back-to-back victories at the Austrian Grand Prix. No driver has taken more than two consecutive wins at the circuit.
Mercedes hold the record for the longest streak of wins at the track, winning four in a row between 2014 and 2017.
There have been eight occasions on which a team has recorded a 1-2 finish at this circuit. Ferrari, Williams, McLaren and Mercedes are the four teams to have recorded 1-2 results here.
Three drivers on the current grid have previously won a Grand Prix at this circuit. While Max Verstappen has taken four victories at the Red Bull Ring, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have each won two races at the track.
The longest streak of different winners at the Red Bull Ring came between 1970 and 1977, when eight different drivers won in as many years.
Only one race here has been won by over a lap. That was in 1986, when Alain Prost finished over a lap ahead of everyone else for McLaren. The smallest win margin here was a tiny 0.05 seconds in 1982. That’s the margin by which Elio de Angelis won for Lotus, after holding off Keke Rosberg as the pair battled for their debut race victories on the final lap.
21 races here have been won by less than ten seconds, while fifteen races here have been won by less than five seconds; including five of the ten since Formula 1 returned to the track in 2014. Six races at the circuit have been won by less than a second. This most recently happened in 2017.
From the last ten races at the circuit, the average win margin has been 9.147 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
52 different drivers have finished on the podium at this circuit.
In 2021, Valtteri Bottas set a new record for most podium results at the circuit. The Finn has seven top three results at the Red Bull Ring. Ferrari are the team with the most podiums at the circuit, with their cars finishing in the top three on 25 occasions. Meanwhile, it’s British drivers who lead the way in the all-time list of nations’ top three finishes here. They have nineteen compared to Finland’s fourteen.
There are seven drivers on the current grid who have previously finished on the podium at the Red Bull Ring. Valtteri Bottas has a record seven top three finishes at the circuit, Max Verstappen has had six top three finishes here, while Lewis Hamilton has finished on the podium five times. Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris each have two podium finishes here, while Daniel Ricciardo recorded his only Austrian Grand Prix podium finish in 2017.
The polesitter at this track has gone on to finish on the podium 22 times from the 35 races held.
The furthest back a podium finish at this track has come from is seventeenth on the grid. This happened in the very first race at the track, when Rolf Stommelen finished in third place having started down in seventeenth.
There have been only two races here where all the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish in the top three in the Grand Prix. It happened in 1999 and 2000. The 2000 Austrian Grand Prix is the only race at the circuit in which the top three qualifiers finished in the same order as they started.
There have been twenty different polesitters at this track since 1970.
Niki Lauda, Rene Arnoux, Nelson Piquet, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are all tied for the most poles in Austria, with three each. Ferrari are the team with the most poles here, with eight. It’s Brazil who lead the way for the most poles for a nation at this track, with Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet, Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa taking seven poles between them at the circuit.
Each with three poles, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas share the record for most pole positions at the Red Bull Ring from the current crop of drivers. Max Verstappen took two poles at the circuit in 2021, while Charles Leclerc is the only other current driver to have taken pole position at the track, having done so for the first time in 2019.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Rene Arnoux, Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen are the seven drivers who have taken back-to-back poles at this circuit. Rene Arnoux is the only driver to have taken more than two consecutive poles here. He set the Saturday pace for three consecutive years in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
Mercedes hold the record for most consecutive poles at the Austrian Grand Prix, having taken four in a row between 2015 and 2018.
The largest gap between the slowest and fastest driver in a qualifying session at this track is 20.99 seconds, which was the difference in lap time in 1976 between James Hunt on pole and Loris Kessel who qualified in 25th.
Valtteri Bottas took pole by 0.012 seconds at the Red Bull Ring for the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. That’s the smallest ever pole margin at the track. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the largest pole margin here, lapping 1.216 seconds faster than anyone else in qualifying for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix. Hamilton is the only driver to have taken pole by over a second at the track.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth on elven occasions at the circuit, including in five of the last seven events.
Overall, the average pole margin at the Austrian Grand Prix is 0.252 seconds. The average pole margin from the last ten events is 0.262 seconds – though if you exclude the wet qualifying session for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, the average pole margin from the previous ten events is 0.144 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Just thirteen of the 35 races held at this track have been won from pole, while 21 have been won from the front row of the grid. That means fourteen races at this circuit have been won from third or further back.
The polesitter has finished on the podium here without winning the race on nine occasions.
The furthest back win at the track came in 1977, when Alan Jones won for Shadow from fourteenth on the grid. It was the Shadow team’s only F1 victory.
There have been only two occasions on which more than ten drivers have finished on the lead lap at the Red Bull Ring. That happened at the 2014 and 2020 Austrian Grands Prix, when eleven cars completed all 71 laps of the race. Alain Prost’s victory in 1986 is the only time just one driver has finished on the lead lap.
The Safety Car has made an appearance in ten races at this track. The most Safety Car periods in one race here is three, which happened in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.
Four races at the Red Bull Ring have been affected by rain.
27 different drivers have set the fastest lap of a Grand Prix at this circuit. David Coulthard has the most fastest laps here. He set the Sunday pace on three occasions in Austria.
846 cars have been entered into World Championship races at the Red Bull Ring. Of those, 813 have qualified for races, while 803 have started the Grand Prix. From the 803 cars which have started a race here, 462 have reached the chequered flag, giving an overall finish rate of 58%.
The highest number of cars to finish a race here is twenty, which happened in 2019. It was the first time every car that started reached the end of the race at this track. Meanwhile, the fewest number of cars to reach the chequered flag is seven, which happened in 1982.
In the 35 races held at this track, 28 retirements have been recorded on the opening lap. Esteban Ocon is the most recent driver to record a first lap retirement here, doing so at the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix.
Five races at the track have been red-flagged. The last time a race was red-flagged in Austria was in 1987.
The 1975 and 2003 Austrian Grands Prix are the only races at this circuit which did not run to their scheduled distance. The 1975 race was shortened due to rain, while the 2003 race was shortened from 71 laps to 69 due to a faulty launch control on Cristiano da Matta’s Toyota, which meant that there were three formation laps!
In total, there have been 2,146 Grand Prix racing laps at this circuit so far.
Jackie Stewart is the only driver to have been crowned World Champion in Austria. He won his second title at this track in 1971.The Constructors’ Championship has never been decided here.
There is yet to be a dead rubber race held at the Red Bull Ring. Both championships have still been up for grabs at every race held here.
The winner of a Grand Prix at this circuit has gone on to win the title in the same year on just eleven occasions – two of those being last year. The polesitter at the circuit has won the title in the same year on fifteen occasions. From the 35 times that a race has been held at the track, the leader of the championship after the Grand Prix has gone on to win the title 22 times.
Since F1 started visiting the Red Bull Ring in 2014, 2021 is the only time that the Austrian Grand Prix winner has gone on to win the title in the same year. Lewis Hamilton, who won the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, is the only other driver since 2014 to win a race at the track in the same season in which they have won the title.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.