F1 2023: Austrian Grand Prix Track Guide

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The Austrian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from 30th June to 2nd July at the picturesque Red Bull Ring circuit

The 42nd edition of the Austrian GP is set to take place this weekend at one of the most scenic venues of the F1 calendar – the Red Bull Ring Circuit. The Austrian GP was first held in 1964 and has been a part of the F1 calendar in intervals till 2003. It made a comeback to the calendar in 2014 and has been a constant feature since then.

Austrian Grand Prix Track Red Bull ring
Austrian Grand Prix

The Red Bull Ring is a motorsport race track in Spielberg, Austria. The race circuit was founded as Osterreichring and hosted the Austrian Grand Prix for eighteen consecutive years, from 1970 to 1987. It was later shortened, rebuilt and renamed the A1-Ring (A Eins-Ring), and it hosted the Austrian Grand Prix again from 1997 to 2003.

It was renamed and reopened in 2011. F1 returned to this venue in 2014. The circuit spans over a length of 4.318 km, comprising a total of 10 turns. It is an FIA Grade-1 licensed circuit.

The record of most wins at the Austrian GP is jointly held by three drivers – Jo Siffert, Alain Prost and Max Verstappen, all having won three titles each. When it comes to Constructors’, Ferrari are the most successful with 7 wins while McLaren are close in second place with six titles. Carlos Sainz holds the record of fastest lap timing – 1:05.619, while driving for McLaren in 2020.

Where do things stand ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix?

Red Bull continues to dominate the drivers’ championship standings following another top-of-the-podium finish for Max Verstappen in Canada. They have made a fantastic start to the season and earlier recorded 1-2 finishes in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Miami and Azerbaijan besides top-of-the-podium finishes in Australia, Monaco and Montreal.

Verstappen leads the standings with 195 points followed by his team-mate Sergio Perez, who occupies the second spot with 126 points. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso lies in the third spot with 117 points – ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz and George Russell.

F1 2023
F1 2023

In the constructors’ championship, the picture is no different. Defending champions Red Bull are miles ahead of the pack having accumulated 321 points. Mercedes are significantly behind in second place, having earned 167 points from seven races so far. Aston Martin are placed third in the leaderboard with 154 points in their kitty – a whopping 167 points behind the leaders.

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