Need To Know: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend on June 27-30, 2019!

The ninth round of the season sees Formula 1 visit the Styrian mountains as the Red Bull Ring – formerly known as both the Österreichring and the A-1 Ring – plays host to the 33rd running of the Austrian Grand Prix. The event has been held at the same venue since 1970, and there’s always a nostalgic spark at the Spielberg track. Surrounded by mountains, the area around the circuit is particularly picturesque at this time of year. If you have some time to spare during your trip, hiking in the mountains is highly recommended – though there are plenty of more relaxing options on offer! We’ve rounded up the best places to see and things to do during your visit to the Austrian Grand Prix in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Spielberg for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

The Austrian Grand Prix is one of the cheaper races to attend in the 2019 season. 3-day General Admission tickets rank as the fifth cheapest of the year, while the grandstand opposite the pits is a very affordable option when compared to tickets in the same location at other events. Tickets are also inexpensive for local residents, costing just 2.5% of the average monthly income – the second most affordable of the year, behind only the Japanese Grand Prix.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Austrian Grand Prix!

The Austrian Grand Prix offers one of the best trackside experiences of the season. The event is well organised, and the support race schedule is full, with Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races also taking place over the weekend. In addition to the competitive action, Red Bull also organise air shows and a ‘legends parade’ on both Saturday and Sunday. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Going to the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix? Download the “Projekt Spielberg” app for race times, maps, transport information and more.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix

For the reasons we’ve outlined above, the Red Bull Ring is arguably one of the best venues for spectators on the Formula 1 calendar. If you’re camping, the good news is that the campsites are also just as well organised as the event itself. On track, while the competitive order may be slightly predictable in 2019, you have the chance to witness history being made. At this year’s Austrian Grand Prix, Mercedes could equal the record of eleven consecutive Grand Prix wins set by McLaren in 1988. Last year’s race certainly didn’t go Mercedes’ way though, with both of their cars retiring and Max Verstappen subsequently storming to a memorable home win for the Red Bull team. Qualifying is also a treat, with the short Red Bull Ring track usually resulting in very close lap times!

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

If you’re not camping at the circuit, the area has a good transport network – though the track can be more tricky to get to than some of the others on the calendar. If you are travelling by car, the Red Bull Ring offers free parking. You can find more details about this, plus the alternate public transport on offer, here.

If you’re not at the Red Bull Ring for this year’s Austrian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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