Austrian GP

3 facts for the Austrian Grand Prix

Formula One returns to the home of Red Bull, Austria. What they have done to the former A1 Ring to produce it into a world class motorsport facility is quite amazing, and the setting is one of the most remarkable on the calendar.

It doesn’t make it easy to access though, in a remote part of rural Austria, the scenery might be amazing, but the nearest major city is a decent drive away and with accommodation limited causes headaches for fans and the teams alike.

The current layout of 2.7 miles is a revised and shortened version of the original Osterreichring ring, which Red Bull is currently renovating and bringing up to modern standards (at least the first part of the loop).

Lap Record
As one of the shortest laps in terms of time on the calendar at just under 70 seconds, records could fall this year given how close they were to doing so last year. Michael Schumacher still holds the fastest lap from 2003 at the moment on a 1:08.3, but we could be seeing times much faster than that this year.

Most Number of Wins
Alain Prost holds the record for the most number of wins with three, although both Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen both picked up two wins each. Nico Rosberg won in 2014 and 2015 for Mercedes and the current crop of drivers.

About the author

Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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