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AUT - AUSTRIA
ÖSTERREICHRING / A1-RING / RED BULL RING
SORRY, SOME DATA ARE NOT TRANSLATED YET
Not to be confused with Zeltweg
Description Circuit opened in 1969, it replaces the old Zeltweg circuit, located few km far.
Location Zeltweg
6 - Steiermark
Location In Steirmark, near to Zeltweg, 5 km from Knittelfeld, 100 km North East of Graz and 200 km South East of Salzburg
Latitude - Longitude + 47°13'22"     + 14°45'29"
47.222778     14.758056
UTM Coordinates X = 481682.668  -  Y = 5229949.493  -  Zone 33T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 660 m - 2165 ft
Inauguration 1969
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian (page 204)Author: Tommaso Tommasi - Published by: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Published in: Italia - year: 1973
(2) English (page 8)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(3) English ForumForum --> Chat in English --> Aerials of circuits [ENG]
(4) Italian English Spanish ForumForum --> Europe --> German Countries --> AUT A1-Ring [ITA ENG ESP]
(5) English www.atlasf1.com/99/aut/preview/schot.htmlHistory of Austrian F.1 GP, with comparison between two circuit layouts
(6) English Dutch www.circuitsofthepast.nlCircuit of the Past
(7) Dutch www.circuitsofthepast.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7Circuits of the past - Nederlandstalig forum --> Circuits --> Österreichring
(8) Austrian German www.gpt.at/d_gp2002.htm
(9) Austrian German www.rsr-forum.net/files/attachments/a1ring_neu.jpg
(10) English www.truckrace.co.uk/results.html
(11) Italian Conoscere la Formula 1 1 (page 246)Published by: Rizzoli Editore - year: 1984
(12) Italian Autosprint 51/1967 (page 15)Annunciata la costruzione di un circuito a Knittelfeld, da inaugurare nel 1969
(13) Italian Autosprint 25/1968 (page 26)Iniziati i lavori (con foto)
(14) Italian Autosprint 30/1969 (page 6)Gara inaugurale e foto aerea durante i lavori di sbancamento
(15) Italian Autosprint 30/1971 (page 9)Il giudizio di Stewart
(16) Italian Autosprint 32/1974 (page 32)Lavori in vista del GP Austria F.1: maggior sicurezza per i piloti e visibilità per gli spettatori (hanno abbassato una collina!)
(17) Italian Autosprint 35/1975 (page 21)Una chicane al posto della Hella-Light Kurve
(18) Italian Autosprint 51/1975 (page 33)Modifiche alla prima curva, sparirà la collina Mercedes?
(19) Italian Autosprint 17/1977 (page 38)Modifiche proposte per la Hella Licht Kurve: tre proposte diverse, alla fine è stata scelta una chicane
(20) Italian Autosprint 30/1977 (page 19)Novità 1977
(21) Italian Autosprint 32/1977 (page 20)Per i piloti la nuova chicane è pericolosa
(22) Italian Autosprint 33/1982 (page 82)
(23) Italian Autosprint 34/1984 (page 18)Ridenominate le curve, ora c’è una Niki Chicane
(24) Italian Autosprint 32/1987 (page 23)I verdi chiedono lo smantellamento della pista
(25) Italian Autosprint 51/1987 (page 34)
(26) Italian Autosprint 17/1988 (page 4)
(27) Italian Rombo 22/1988 (page 17)Photos of works in progress
(28) Italian Autosprint 35/1988 (page 34)
(29) Italian Autosprint 5/1992Supplement "Tutti i circuiti del mondo"
(30) Italian Autosprint 33/1994 (page 30)
(31) Italian Autosprint 9/2000 (page 16)FIA changes measuring measuring system: new official lenght
(32) Italian Autosprint 20/2003 (page 26)
(33) Italian Autosprint 9/2012Poster Story: Le Grandi Corse Dimenticate [Forgotten Great Races]
(34) English Austrian German www.projekt-spielberg.atOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Österreichring
Description In 1975 Mark Donohue died there after a crash at Hella Licht Kurve. During following months there were many discussion about its danger and possible changes: in 1976 it was 3 m wider and new guard-rails were installed while before 1977 F.1 GP a new chicane was built. In 1976 there were some safety improvements also at Glatz (named after the farmer owner of the field where this corner was built), Bosch and Rindt Kurve, but track layout wasn’t changed.
Years 1969÷1976
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1969
Closing 1976
Last update of this page June 12th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Voest Hugel - Hella-Licht Kurve - Flatschach - Glatz Kurve - Schonberg - Bosch Kurve - Texaco Schikane - Raiffeisenhügel - Jochen Rindt Kurve
length 5911  m 19393  ft 3.673  mi   (1)
Min width 10  m 33  ft      (1)

Österreichring
Description Following Mark Donohue’s fatal accident in 1975 there were many discussion and in 1977 Hella Licht ’S’ was built. In Sprint 1977 two more projectw were proposed (not shown in my map). The first one proposed to extend main straight of 150 m - 492 ft and to create a sharp right corner. ACcorting to second proposal, the bend should have been moved from 7 to 10 m (from 23 to 33 ft) to the internal, so its radious should have been extended from 300 to 375 m (from 984 to 1230 ft), but this proposal was rejected because the bend would have become too fast.
Formula 1 raced here up to 1987, then this track was considered too narrow (9 meters only on main straight!) and dangerous, so it was abandoned. In 1977 the former Glatz Kurve was named after the sponsor Sebring Auspuff.
Years 1977÷1987
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1977
Closing 1987
Last update of this page April 15th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Voest Hugel - Hella-Licht ’S’ - Flatschach - Sebring Auspuff Kurve (Dr. Tiroch Kurve) - Valvoline Gerade - Schonberg - Bosch Kurve - Texaco Schikane - Raiffeisenhügel - Jochen Rindt Kurve
length 5942  m 19495  ft 3.692  mi   (22)
Width 9  m 30  ft    Start finish straight  

Österreichring
Description Project dated spring 1988 for renew the track: Changes at Bosch Kurve were already made in previous week (and in the end this was the only modify really done), while new link that should have replaced Flatschach and Sebring Kurve should have been built within three months. Moreover, on the map there is something that seems me a new pit lane on the opposite side of the road, even if it could be a mine misinterpretation
Years 1988
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page March 14th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Voest Hugel - Hella-Licht ’S’ - Flatschach - Sebring Auspuff Kurve (Dr. Tiroch Kurve) - Valvoline Gerade - Schonberg - Bosch Kurve - Texaco Schikane - Raiffeisenhügel - Jochen Rindt Kurve
length 4800  m 15748  ft 2.983  mi Approximated length: minimum value (26)
length 5000  m 16404  ft 3.107  mi Approximated length: maximum value (26)

Österreichring
Description In June 1988, after 3 months and an abandoned proposal for a complete renewal, this track was reopened quite modified: track was more or less 2 m wider (3 m on main straight, now 12 m wide). All run-off areas were improved: all bends were unchanged, but Bosch Kurve that was moved to the internal side. They wanted to have back F.1 GP in 1989, but in those years the circuit was out of international calendars, up to 1995 renewal, when it was renamed A1-Ring.
Years 1988÷1995
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration June 1988
Closing 1995
Last update of this page November 21st 2004
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Voest Hugel - Hella-Licht ’S’ - Flatschach - Sebring Auspuff Kurve (Dr. Tiroch Kurve) - Valvoline Gerade - Schonberg - Bosch Kurve - Texaco Schikane - Raiffeisenhügel - Jochen Rindt Kurve
length 5852  m 19199  ft 3.636  mi   (29)

Österreichring
Description Project dated summer 1994 for renew the track; it’s quite similar to A1-Ring built in 1995.
Years 1994
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page February 14th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4550  m 14928  ft 2.827  mi   (30)

A1-Ring
GP Course
Description In 1995 the circuit was reprofiled and its name changed in A1 Ring. In 2004 it was bought by Red Bull that wanted to lengthen it by adding a Westschleife (West Circuit - not shown on my map) that use section of the old track abandoned in 1996. The track was closed, works begun (on the existing track too) but the they were stopped because of noise and pollution problems, no now the entire track is not anymore in use. They are trying to find a solution in order to start again working.
Years 1996÷2004
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing 2004
Last update of this page August 22nd 2002
Info last update  
Designer Tilke
Hermann Tilke
Distinctive points Castrol Kurve - Remus Kurve - Gösser Kurve - Niki Lauda Kurve - Gerhard Berger Kurve - Jochen Rindt Kurve - Mobilkom Kurve
length 4326  m 14193  ft 2.688  mi   (32)
length 4800  m 15748  ft 2.983  mi GP Course (8)

A1-Ring - Südschleife: National Circuit
South Course
Description  
Years 1996÷2004
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing 2004
Last update of this page August 21st 2002
Info last update  
Designer Tilke
Hermann Tilke
Distinctive points Castrol Kurve - Gerhard Berger Kurve - Jochen Rindt Kurve - Mobilkom Kurve
length 2336  m 7664  ft 1.452  mi   (10)

A1-Ring - Nordschleife
North Course
Description  
Years 1996÷2004
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing 2004
Last update of this page August 21st 2002
Info last update  
Designer Tilke
Hermann Tilke
Distinctive points Remus Kurve - Gösser Kurve

Red Bull Ring
Description New version, completely rebuilt even if track layout is nearly the same of the previous A1-Ring
Years 2011÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration May 15th 2011
Closing  
Last update of this page May 31st 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4318.19  m 14167  ft 2.683  mi   (34)
Width 13  m 43  ft    Maximum (34)
Width 12  m 39  ft    Minimum (34)

Österreichring 1969÷1976

Österreichring 1969÷1976


Österreichring 1977÷1987

Österreichring 1977÷1987


Österreichring, 1988 proposal

Österreichring, 1988 proposal


Österreichring 1988÷1995

Österreichring 1988÷1995


Österreichring, 1994 proposal: long course

Österreichring, 1994 proposal: long course

Österreichring, 1994 proposal: long course


A1-Ring 1996÷2004: long course

A1-Ring 1996÷2004: long course


A1-Ring 1996÷2004: Nordschleife and Südschleife

A1-Ring 1996÷2004: Nordschleife and Südschleife


Location: + 47°13'22", + 14°45'29"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
February 29th 2012     Guido de Carli     Update Description
May 31st 2011 Red Bull Ring 2011÷... Guido de Carli   Roelard Smit Update Description
April 15th 2007 Österreichring 1977÷1987 Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 14th 2007 Österreichring 1988 Guido de Carli        
August 12th 2005 A1-Ring 1996÷2004 Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 12th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 12th 2005 Österreichring 1969÷1976 Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 12th 2005 Österreichring 1977÷1987 Guido de Carli     Update Description
January 27th 2005 A1-Ring 1996÷2004 Guido de Carli     Update Description
December 26th 2004 Österreichring 1988÷1995 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
December 26th 2004 Österreichring 1988 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
November 21st 2004 Österreichring 1969÷1976 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
November 21st 2004 Österreichring 1977÷1987 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
November 6th 2004 A1-Ring 1996÷2004 Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 2nd 2004 A1-Ring 1996÷2004 Guido de Carli     New Description
March 10th 2004     Guido de Carli     New Description
November 10th 2003 Österreichring 1994 Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 22nd 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description with map
August 21st 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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