The Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring has been a welcome return to the Formula 1 calendar since it returned in 2014.
The current track, situated in the hills just outside of the city of Spielberg, is the fourth-shortest on the calendar at 4.318km. 71 tours of this circuit on raceday accumulates to 305.584km. Only Monte-Carlo, Interlagos and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are shorter laps.
Awkwardly, the circuit has ‘gained’ a corner from last year, as the kink before the hairpin at the highest point of the track has now been dubbed ‘Turn 2’. This brings the corner tally up to 10.
It will be the 29th grand prix held at the Red Bull Ring (including the races when it was called the A1-Ring and the Osterreichring) and the 30th Austrian Grand Prix in total (a one-off race was held on the very bumpy Zeltweg Airfield in the 1960s).
Only eight (28.57%) of the previous races have been won from pole position, the lowest on the calendar. 15 (53.57%) have been won from the front row.
Alain Prost is the most successful driver ever in Austria with three victories. McLaren is the most successful team with six wins. Lewis Hamilton is the only current driver on the grid with a win here, having done so following his last-lap duel with Nico Rosberg last year.
As Rosberg has won the other two races since the race returned, this makes Mercedes the only team to have won here since 2014. They missed out on pole position to Felipe Massa’s Williams in the first year back in Austria. The 2014 and 2015 races featured a podium solely of drivers in Mercedes-powered cars.
It will be Kevin Magnussen’s 50th appearance at a grand prix weekend, but only his 49th race start.
The Silly Stats
Red Bull has a large presence in sport around the world. Including the Red Bull Air Race. 687 Edge 540 planes lined up tip to tail would lap the Red Bull Ring once.