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Trackside – 2017 Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring

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Your trackside guide to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The next race is on July 7-9, 2017.

The Red Bull Ring offers one of the best trackside experiences for fans of any current F1 track.  The staff are friendly and professional, there’s no queues for food or the toilets, and the Legends Parade is a real highlight. The organizers also put on concerts (mainly for the campers) and there’s no shortage of Red Bull products on sale, in case you need an energy boost. Don’t forget to read our Austrian Grand Prix trip report to learn more about the fan experience at the Red Bull Ring.

Bring a friend on Thursday and Friday! If you’ve bought a 3-day ticket, you are entitled to bring along one additional person for the pitlane walk on Thursday and the racing (and concerts) on Friday. There’s free seating in your grandstand on Friday, provided the holder of the ticket to the respective seat is not requesting to use it.

Parking, Access & Orientation

  • The good news if you are driving to the circuit is that parking is FREE. Check the map for locations. In 2015, we parked for the first few days in the area closest to Grandstand Nord; this is also good for the General Admission areas at the top of the track. On race day, we parked in one of the areas on the other side of the S36 motorway for a quicker getaway after the race.
  • There’s only four access gates to the Red Bull Ring; two at the top of the circuit (for General Admission and Grandstand Nord) and two at the bottom of the circuit, for most other grandstands. As with all F1 circuits, avoid bringing in any glass as it could be confiscated by security. You shouldn’t have any issues bringing in plastic bottles or your own food. Check the maps below for parking and access gates.

On-Track Schedule

In addition to around 6 hours of F1 on-track action, the Austrian Grand Prix also features racing from F1’s main feeder series, Formula 2 (ex-GP2) and GP3. There will be two races apiece from these super competitive series, plus one race from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series.

Pitlane Walk
The public Pitlane Walk takes place on Thursday, July 7 from 15:30-18:30. You’ll need to bring your 3-day race ticket to gain entrance. To prevent congestion, the organizers are asking fans to gather first in the Start-Finish grandstand (sectors A-J), where they will call each sector in turn. Click here for a map of the pitlane walk organization.

Legends Parade

The Legends Parade, a real highlight of the Austrian GP weekend, returns for the fourth time in 2017. This year, a host of racing greats will take to the track in some classic Le Mans endurance cars from the past. The following drivers are confirmed to take part: Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Mark Webber, Neel Jani, Tom Kristensen, Helmut Marko, Dieter Quester, Guy Smith, Hans-Joachim Stuck. The best time to get up close and personal with the drivers is on Saturday afternoon in the Fan Zone before they hit the track for the first time (from 16:00-18:00).

2017 Austrian GP on-track schedule

Friday, July 7

  • 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 (practice 1)
  • 11:40-11:50: Motorbike stunt rider
  • 12:00-12:45: Formula 2 (practice)
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 (free practice 2)
  • 15:40-15:50: Motorbike stunt rider
  • 15:55-16:25: Formula 2 (qualifying)
  • 16:45-17:30: Porsche Supercup (practice)
  • 17:50-18:35: GP3 (practice)

Saturday, July 8

  • 09:25-09:55: GP3 (qualifying)
  • 10:10-10:20: Motorbike stunt rider
  • 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 (free practice 3)
  • 12:25-12:55: Porsche Supercup (qualifying)
  • 13:10-13:20: Motorbike stunt rider
  • 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 (qualifying)
  • 15:35-16:40: Formula 2 Race 1 (40 laps)
  • 16:45-16:50: Motorbike stunt rider
  • 17:10-17:55: GP3 Race 1 (24 laps)
  • 18:05-18:45: Legends Parade (track familiarization)

Sunday, July 9

  • 09:10-09:45: GP3 Race 2 (18 laps)
  • 10:20-11:10: Formula 2 Race 2 (28 laps)
  • 11:30-12:05 Porsche Supercup Race (16 laps)
  • 12:30-12:40: Formula 1 Driver’s Track Parade
  • 12:45-13:05: Legends Parade
  • 13:05-13:25: Flying Bulls (air show)
  • 14:00-16:00: Formula 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2016 (71 Laps)

Fan Zone

The Fan Zone is located close to the South West and Red Bull Grandstands, about ten minutes walk from the Main Grandstand. You’ll find the best choice of food, drink and merchandise, plus a small stage with autograph sessions over the weekend. It’s also the location for the pits area of the Legends Parade, where you can get a closer look at this year’s machinery.

Concerts

The concert stage is located down the hill, but within a short walk of the Fan Zone. The Red Bull Ring can’t compete with the likes of Singapore and Abu Dhabi in terms of attracting international A-list acts, but does offer a program of local Austrian talent on Friday night and international acts on Saturday night. Check this year’s concert schedule opposite.

2017 Austrian GP concerts

Friday, July 7

  • 16:30-17:20: DJ Warm-Up
  • 17:30 – 18:15: Lemo
  • 18:35 – 19:35: OPUS
  • 19:35 – 19:45: Helicopter display Flying Bulls
  • 20:00 – 21:20: EAV
  • 21:45 – 23:00: Seiler & Speer

Saturday, July 8

  • 18:00 – 18:50: Ö3 DJ Warm-Up
  • 19:00 – 19:50: Roosevelt
  • 19:50 – 20:00: Red Bull Skydive Team
  • 20:20 – 21:20: Madcon
  • 21:45 – 23:00: Passenger

 

Food & Drink

The best selection of food and drink can be found in the Fan Zone. We survived last year on a trackside diet of tasty Austrian fare; schnitzel burgers and bratwurst were reasonably priced at 6 and cheaper options were available. Large beers (500ml) were 4.50 and there was an array of Red Bull products for around 3. Away from the fan zone, there are fast food outlets located to most grandstands.

Have you been to the Red Bull Ring? Leave a comment with your trackside tips!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Cayla Summers says:

    What are the concerts for this years Austrian Grand Prix? Thanks a bunch! Cayla : )

    • Editor says:

      Hi Cayla, full details of international acts not yet announced. Read more here. Stay tuned, we will update this section of our guide around 2-4 weeks before the race. Andy

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi,
    Can you confirm if you can pay for food/drink/merch by cash at the circuit or is it tokens only for food? :/ thanks!

  3. Sebastien says:

    Can we bring our food and beer in the site ?

  4. steven says:

    I have a question – when will be held an autoghraph session? I cannot find it on the internet. Thank so much. :)

    • Editor says:

      Hi Steven, you should be able to get some autographs from drivers during the Pitlane walk on Thursday afternoon. Probably they will publish some kind of schedule on the day. You may also have some autograph sessions on the stage in the Fanzone, check signs/ask for details. Good luck!

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