Your detailed guide on buying tickets and where to watch the action at the Red Bull Ring for the 2017 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Formula 1 Grosser Preis Von Österreich) in Spielberg on July 7-9.
The Editor attended the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. All images © F1Destinations.com.
This year will mark the fourth year since the Austrian Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar. After a sell out crowd for its return in 2014, spectator numbers have fallen significantly since then, necessitating the removal of several grandstands from the ticket offer. Although this impacts the atmosphere, you can also see it as a positive; the roads into and out of the circuit are less congested and there are no queues for the toilets! The Red Bull Ring is an excellent F1 venue with top notch organization and a beautiful location in the Austrian countryside.
Ticket prices are reduced by 20% until December 31, 2016. We recommend buying your tickets from our exclusive partner, Gootickets.
Unlike other F1 venues, the choice of tickets at the Red Bull Ring is pretty straightforward; there are just three grandstands to choose from, plus General Admission. Price remain pretty much unchanged from last year, ranging from a very reasonable €95 (before discount) for the excellent 3-day General Admission tickets up to €495 for the best pit-straight seats and the South West grandstand. The organizers also introduced “three-corner grandstand hopping” tickets last year, where you get to sit in a different grandstand each day of the event.
2017 Austrian Grand Prix Tickets (3 Days)
to Dec 31, 2016
|General Admission (Roaming)||-20%||€95|
|Start-Finish (A-C, O-Q)||-20%||€395|
|Red Bull (A)||-20%||€495|
|Red Bull (B)||-20%||€395|
|Red Bull (C-E)||-20%||€350|
|Red Bull (F-I)||-20%||€295|
|Red Bull (J-K)||-20%||€195|
|3 Corner Platinum*||-20%||€450|
|3 Corner Gold*||-20%||€395|
|3 Corner Silver*||-20%||€295|
Changes for 2017
- FREE entry for children born in 2003 or after , but you must reserve such tickets and children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a valid ticket
- The poor ticket sales last year mean that the organizers are NOT offering tickets for sale this year in the permanent Nord grandstand at the top of the circuit. We don’t know if this grandstand will be open to General Admission ticket holders or utilized in some other way.
- The area between turns 4-5 is now an open area. This is where the Mitte grandstand was previously located (until 2015) and last year was a family area.
- The tickets offer in the largest Red Bull grandstand has been simplified for 2017. There is no longer any price difference between high and low seats in each section (higher rows are better!)
Need to know
- All grandstands have numbered seats for all three days of the event (Friday to Sunday). There is no ‘Free Friday’ where you can sit in any grandstand.
- Sunday-only tickets are available, but the discount is only about 10% on 3-day tickets.
- There’s a wheelchair section in the Start-Finish Grandstand with 3-day tickets priced at €95 before discounts (same price applies to companion). Disabled fans get a 50% discount on all other tickets.
- All Grandstands and General Admission areas have access to big screen TVs.
- The main Start-Finish Grandstand and the Nord grandstands are covered, permanent structures. The other grandstands are temporary and uncovered. There is limited shelter in General Admission areas.
3-Corner Grandstand Hopping Tickets
Introduced last year, the 3-corner tickets have been expanded for 2017 with the introduction of a new ‘Platinum’ option. A good choice for someone who has never been to the Red Bull Ring and wants to experience the view from different parts of the circuit over the weekend.
- Platinum (€450):
- Friday = Red Bull (H)
- Saturday = Red Bull (A)
- Sunday = Start-Finish
- Gold (€395):
- Friday = Start-Finish
- Saturday = Red Bull (H)
- Sunday = Red Bull (A)
- Silver (€295) :
- Friday = Red Bull (A)
- Saturday = Start-Finish
- Sunday = Red Bull (H)
There are two categories of tickets in the large, permanent Start-Finish grandstand, which was built ahead of the return race in 2014. The more expensive seats in the middle of the grandstand with better views of the pits (sections D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N) are priced at €495 for 3 days, while the cheaper sections either side (A, B, C, O, P, Q) are priced at €395 for 3 days. Some higher seats give you panoramic views over the circuit. A good choice for pits action and the start/finish of the race. If you want to see more on-track action, choose Red Bull or Sud West. Click here for a video of the view from the Start-Finish grandstand.
Grandstand Süd-West (South West)
Tickets in this grandstand are the equal most expensive at the Red Bull Ring for good reason. If you are willing to spend €495 for 3 days (before discount), you’ll have an excellent view of the opening corner plus unrivaled panoramic views of the circuit over large sections of the circuit. The grandstand (like Red Bull) is also close to the Fan Zone, where all the best catering can be found, plus merchandise, concerts and the F1 Legends Parade display. On the downside, the grandstand is uncovered and open to the elements. Click here to check out the views from the South West grandstand.
Grandstand Red Bull
This large grandstand is situated between turns 1-2, with decent panoramic views over much of the circuit. Tickets are priced from €195-495. The most expensive seats are in sections A and B closest to turn 1; tickets then get progressively cheaper up to section K, which is a long way up the hill towards turn 2. From the middle sections, you also get a decent view of the infield turns 4-5 (see images below.)
The General Admission areas at the Red Bull Ring offer some excellent viewing opportunities. The areas on the hill at the top of the circuit provide panoramic views of large sections of the track, and there were multiple big screen TVs on which to follow the action (a rarity for General Admission). Be sure to check out the views from Turn 2, where you can see the cars up close at the top of the hill. There’s also good views on the outside of the entry to Turn 3. Closer to the start/finish straight, there is also excellent viewing on the entry to turn 8 (check our YouTube video) where you can really see the cars on the limit. The outside of the final corner (turn 9) is also a great place to watch the action.
General Admission views (between turn 2-3)
General Admission views (turn 9)
Grandstand Nord (North)
Tickets are not being sold for the Nord grandstand in 2017. This is a covered, permanent grandstand at the top of the circuit, overlooking turn 3. Unfortunately, it’s set back quite a distance from the circuit and you don’t get to see much more than turn 3, unlike other grandstands which offer panoramic views, such as Sud West or Red Bull. It’s also a 30-40 minute walk from the main Fan Zone near turn 1.
There’s no longer a grandstand or restricted family area in the middle (mitte) of the circuit, so this area should be open to all ticketholders for 2017. The grass area between turns 4 and 5 – close to the track but raised above the catch fencing – is a good place for amateur photographers to practice their panning shots (see a couple of our attempts below.) Check out the view in our YouTube video.
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