Trackside at the Red Bull Ring – 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

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How to get the most out of your experience at the Red Bull Ring for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, including information about entry, trackside attractions and the event schedule.

Please Note: The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix on July 3-5 and the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix on July 10-12 will be held behind closed doors and without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. This post will be fully updated for 2021 when the event schedule is available, normally around 1 month before race weekend. In the meantime, most of the information below remains relevant.

In our opinion, the Red Bull Ring offers one of the best trackside experiences on the current calendar. The staff are friendly and professional, there’s limited queues for food or the toilets, and the Red Bull 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. For the best trackside experience, we recommend downloading the “Projekt Spielberg” app for IOS or Android, which has the full trackside schedule, map, parking, transport and access information, plus details about this year’s trackside activities. Learn more in our Austrian Grand Prix trip report.

Parking, Access & Orientation at the Red Bull Ring

  • 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 (best for General Admission) and and two at the bottom of the circuit, for the 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.


Thursday, June 27

  • 15:30-18:00: Pit Lane Walk for 3-day ticket holders
  • 18:00-19:30: F1 Experiences guests – Exclusive Pit Lane Walk & Guided Track Tour

Friday, June 28

  • 09:35-10:20: Formula 3 Series practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 12:40-12:50: Red Bull Drift Brothers
  • 13:00-13:45: Formula 2 practice
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 16:40-16:50: Red Bull Drift Brothers
  • 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:50-18:20: Formula 3 qualifying
  • 18:40-19:25: Porsche Supercup practice

Saturday, June 29

  • 09:00-09:45: Team Pit Stop Practice
  • 10:25-11:10: Formula 3 first race (24 laps)
  • 11:15-11:25: Red Bull Drift Brothers
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 13:25-13:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 14:00-14:30: Formula 2 drivers’ track parade
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:45-17:55: Formula 2 first race (40 laps)
  • 18:00-18:20: Flying Bulls Air Show (TBC)
  • 18:40-19:10: Red Bull Legends Parade (track familiarization)

Sunday, June 30

  • 09:35-10:20: Formula 3 second race (24 laps)
  • 11:00-11:50: Formula 2 second race (28 laps)
  • 12:15-12:50 Porsche Supercup race (17 laps)
  • 12:30-12:40: Formula 1 Driver’s Track Parade
  • 13:05-13:25: Red Bull Legends Parade
  • 13:30-14:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:00-14:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 14:05-14:25: Flying Bulls Air Show (TBC)
  • 15:10-17:10: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix (71 Laps)

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 and Formula 3. There will be two races apiece from these super competitive series, plus one race from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series. The Legends Parade also returns this year, with a host of famous names (Mark Webber, Jean Alesi, David Coulthard, Gerhard Berger, Helmut Marko among them) driving a range of desirable supercars. More info here.

F1 Fanzone

The F1 Fanzone 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.

Red Bull Ring 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 Saturday night. More info will be available closer to race weekend.

2019 Austrian Grand Prix: Drivers' Autograph Sessions

Head to the Fan Zone on Thursday and Saturday to meet the Formula 1 drivers at the autograph session. You can also try your luck on the “Styrian Green Carpet” when the drivers arrive at the circuit from 09:00-11:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Here are the times for this year’s autograph sessions in the F1 Fanzone:

  • Thursday @ 16:00: Haas F1 Team
  • Thursday @ 17:00: Mercedes & Toro Ross
  • Thursday @ 17:15: Ferrari
  • Thursday @ 17:30: Renault, Williams & Alfa Romeo
  • Thursday @ 17:45: McLaren
  • Sunday @ 11:15: Red Bull

Food & Drink at the Red Bull Ring

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 behind 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 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:

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

    • Editor says:

      Hi Sarah, good question! It looks like the organizers have introduced cashless payments this year, but only for the concert area. More info is here.

      • Fabienne says:

        We just got back from the Austrian GP and the only option is to buy a card. You can choose what amount of money you want to put on it. This is the only way to pay for food and drinks. Merchandise can be bought with cash only. At the end of the weekend you can trade your card for cash.

  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!

  5. Roland Koerts says:

    Hi Andrew, do you know if it’s possible to walk around the circuit, on sunday, with a general admission ticket? Thanks in advance

    • Editor says:

      Hi Roland, you should be able to walk around the circuit on Sunday, but clockwise only. Last time, there was no access from the general admission area near turn 2 to the Blue Red Bull grandstand area, but you can walk around the other direction. There’s some good spots to watch the action on the final corner.

  6. IreneDan says:

    Can you bring a baby stroller to the grand Prix. We have general admission tickets.

  7. Mark says:

    Hello Andrew. We have tickets for seats at the Red Bull grandstand. It’s in the blue zone as you know. Is it possible for us to get in the in the other zones (yellow & green) to get a nice view? If yes: any suggestions?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Mark, yes it shouldn’t be a problem to walk around the circuit. I recommend the top part of the circuit (General Admission) especially turn 2 at the top of the hill. Mitte is also good , especially if you want to try some panning photography. And finally, the last corner is also good, especially the entry, where the cars are right on the edge. Enjoy!

  8. Senne says:

    I understood I can bring my own food and drinks in plastic bottles.
    Can I also put these in a cooler (cool-box) and take it with me?

  9. Jesse Mestemacher says:

    Is there an FM radio broadcast I can tune into at the track to hear commentary?
    Thank you

  10. Patrizia says:

    Thank you for all of this great info! We will be in General admission, are we able to get access onto the track for the run to the podium after the race?

  11. Maria says:

    Hello, Andrew! I was wondering, are there by any chance, any free spots for Sunday? I know for sure that Monza offers some. Or maybe some student discounts for the general admission tickets?

    • Editor says:

      Sorry Maria, I don’t think so. But the General Admission tickets are quite affordable at the Red Bull Ring, especially if you go for all 3 days.

  12. Brandon says:

    Hi Andrew! I already have a ticket for Sunday, but I might arrive Saturday to catch qualifying. Will I need to buy an additional 3 day ticket, just to get into to general admission Saturday? Or is there a way to pay for single day entry at the track?

  13. Mislav Franjo says:

    Hello I have General Admission tickets. Can i bring my own camping chair or are there chairs to rent?

  14. Vincent says:


    Can you walk in and out of the circuit area with your ticket or does the ticket only work once?

  15. Stefan Ion says:

    Last year this article said you can bring friends for thursday and friday action. Is this applicable this year as well?
    Thank you

  16. Miler says:

    Can I bring cooler for food and drinks

  17. Callie de Jager says:

    Hi there

    If we choose a seat on the Red Bull grandstand, will we be able to enter the track and go closer to the podium for the ceremony after the race?


    • Editor says:

      Yes, you will have to walk around a bit to get on to the track. Not sure exactly where the access points are, normally at either end of the pit straight

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