2023 Austrian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

Everything you need to know about attending the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix

Formula 1 returns to the Styrian mountains for the ninth round of the 2023 season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix weekend on June 30 – July 2!

The Red Bull Ring – formerly known as both the Österreichring and the A-1 Ring – plays host to round nine of the 2023 Formula 1 season as the sport rolls into the Styrian mountains. In 2020 and 2021, the Red Bull Ring hosted two races per year, with the additional Styrian Grand Prix added due to travel complications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. In 2022, the track returned to hosting just a single race.

Tickets for the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix have been in high demand and are now mostly sold out. If you’re yet to secure access, a limited number of Turn 3 and Turn 8 grandstand tickets, plus General Admission tickets, are available in our ticket shop.

F1 Sprint Returns

After hosting the F1 Sprint format for the first time last year, the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix will once again be a sprint weekend! This will be the second of six F1 Sprint weekends in 2023. The revised format for this year, which made its first outing at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, will be in action again at the Red Bull Ring.

After a single hour of practice on Friday, the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix will be decided on Friday evening with the traditional hour of qualifying. On Saturday morning, the drivers will compete in the Sprint Shootout – a 45 minute qualifying session which sets the grid for Saturday afternoon’s Sprint. The 30-minute sprint race is scheduled for 16:30 on Saturday. Grands Prix at the Red Bull Ring usually feature lots of overtaking – so there should be plenty of action on Saturday afternoon!

Big Crowds Expected at the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix

The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix was the first race to run with a full crowd since the beginning of the pandemic. 132,000 fans attended the race weekend. In 2022, that figure grew to 303,000. A number of new grandstands added to the circuit for the 2022 race. A similar level of attendance is expected in 2023.

The Austrian Grand Prix is one of the cheaper races to attend on the current calendar. It ranks fifth in the list of cheapest 3-day tickets on average at the 23 races planned to take place in the 2023 season. General Admission tickets rank as the fourth cheapest of the year, while the grandstand opposite the pits is an affordable option when compared to tickets in the same location at other events.

Tickets are also relatively inexpensive for local residents, costing just over 8% of the average monthly income – the seventh most affordable of the year in 2023.

We estimate that the average fan will spend €820 on a trip to the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, including grandstand seats, accommodation and spending money. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix.

Racing in the Mountains

The Red Bull Ring has been Austria’s sole Formula 1 venue since 1970 and will continue to host the Austrian Grand Prix until 2027 under a new deal signed with Formula 1 earlier this year. 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 2023 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.

A Packed Support Schedule at the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix

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 the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix is full. Formula 1’s feeder series Formula 2 and Formula 3 will both be racing over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend and Porsche Supercup will also be in action.

Making a welcome return in 2023 is the popular Red Bull Legends Parade, which this year will feature CanAm cars from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Behind the wheel will be David Coulthard, Helmut Marko, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jos Verstappen, Mark Webber & Alexander Wurz. A warm up for the Legends Parade takes place on Saturday night after the F1 sprint, and then the Legends Parade itself is on race day from 12:25-12:45.

You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including on-track session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Download the Red Bull Ring App

Going to the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix? Download the Red Bull Ring app (previously the Projekt Spielberg app) for race times, maps, transport information and more.

Download the app

Getting to the Red Bull Ring

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.

Got any questions about attending the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix? Leave a comment below!

12 thoughts on “2023 Austrian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending”

  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!

  3. Hi,
    first time going to F1 race. Bought General admission tickets but only for Sunday so I cant really try spots good for watching race.
    How early should I come to the track if I want a good spot and where do you think is the best view in General admission area. I thought about T3, but it looks like that there are now grandstands.
    Thank you, this site really helped me a lot!

    1. Hi, gates open at 8am and I would be aiming to get there as early as possible. I think T3 is a good place to watch. Yes there are grandstands here, but these are set back from the track and you can still stand in front to get a good view of the corner.

  4. Do you know what are covid regulations at the track? Do we need negative test/covid vaccination certification?

  5. hello do you know how and where it is possible for general admission holders to walk around the track. for example from the fan zone to the back straight, and i have also heard you can watch at turn 8 on general admission?
    your answer is much appreciated

    1. Yes this should be possible. The only area off limits will be the whole West side of the circuit between Turns 1 and 3. You can get a shuttle from the Fanzone (outside of Turn 1) up to Turn 3. You should be able to walk around the eastern side of the circuit from GA.

  6. Visiting from Australia and extremely excited! We’re in T9, row 28, do you have any insight on this section – shade, sight of track etc.? Will also be driving, is it simple to park or should we expect large delays and get there as early as we can with so many people?

    1. You’ve come a long way, hope it’s a fantastic weekend. I love the Red Bull Ring. Sorry, I don’t have particular insights on your grandstand view. For parking, you should get there as early as you can as you will get a better spot and theoretically will also be able to leave more quickly. You shouldn’t expect delays really when arriving as the circuit is close to the motorway. You will be guided to the closest carpark according to your arrival route. More information is here.

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