The hills really do come alive when Formula One visits the Styrian mountains each year. The short 4.3km loop, formally known as the Osterreichring and then the A1 Ring, sits in a natural amphitheatre and is arguably one of F1’s most picturesque circuits.
Although one of the sport’s old-school tracks, the renowned F1 architect, Hermann Tilke, was brought in to give it a modernisation in 1995. The result is the shorter loop that’s used today along with world class facilities that rank among some of the best in the sport.
What Makes Austria Unique:
The mountain setting really does add to the flavour of the circuit, with the first part of the track all about steep uphill gradients and tight right-hand turns. DRS zones and heavy braking make these the best overtaking opportunities of the lap.
And as the saying goes ‘what goes up, must come down’ is equally true of the second part of the lap. A twisty in-field section of quick corners are an exhilarating journey back down the mountain side to the start/finish straight.
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