Need To Know: 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix weekends!

The eighth and ninth rounds of the season see 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 Styrian Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix.

With the Turkish Grand Prix cancelled earlier this year, F1 added an additional race at the Red Bull Ring (the Styrian Grand Prix) on June 25-27. The Austrian Grand Prix takes place on its original scheduled date of July 2-4. 

Big crowds expected

This is the second year in a row that the Red Bull Ring will host back-to-back races. The circuit hosted the opening two rounds of the much-delayed 2020 season. The great news is that this year, the circuit is open to fans. The Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix will have some of the largest crowds since the pandemic began.

Coronavirus protocols

The Red Bull Ring is divided into four zones for 2021’s pair of races (see map above). Certain areas (blue and yellow) are restricted zones, meaning you cannot go into certain areas of that zone unless you have tickets for the specific grandstand within the zone. 

On entry to the circuit, fans in attendance will need to either show a recent negative coronavirus test, have proof that they have received a vaccination or supply evidence that they have recovered from the virus. 

While the circuit recommends arriving with a valid test result, test stations are available in the circuit’s car parks. Antigen tests cost €33, while PCR tests are available for €99.

Face coverings are mandatory at the circuit, except when seated in a grandstand. More information can be found here

Racing in the mountains

The Red Bull Ring has been Austria’s sole Formula 1 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, including details on COVID-19 restrictions, is in Travel Basics.


The Austrian Grand Prix is one of the cheaper races to attend. In 2019, 3-day General Admission tickets ranked 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 in 2019, 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.

A packed support bill

The Red Bull Ring offers one of the best trackside experiences of the season. The event is well organised, and the support race schedule for both races at the track this year is full. W Series hosts the first two races of its highly anticipated second season over the Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix weekends, while Formula 3 hosts the third round of its 2021 season at the Austrian Grand Prix. Porsche Supercup is also on the support schedule at both races. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Download the Projekt Spielberg App

Going to the 2021 Styrian or Austrian Grands Prix? Download the “Projekt Spielberg” app for race times, maps, transport information and more.

Download the app

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 races but want to attend next year’s Austrian Grand Prix, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2022 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

4 thoughts on “Need To Know: 2021 Austrian Grand Prix”

  1. I’ve got tickets for the Austrian GP, Start Finish line section, row 2. Do you know if this is 2nd from the top? Or 2nd from the bottom of the grandstand. I can’t find any seating charts online. Thanks.

  2. Hi!

    Does row 5 on Redbull J grandstand consider to be ok? It’s my first F1 race and want to have a good experience..

    Thank you!

    1. Hi, it’s normally better to be higher up in this grandstand, but you should still have a good view! Remember that this grandstand is uncovered. So it can be hot in the sun and there’s also a chance of rain. Be prepared for this!

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