Trackside – 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at the 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 schedule for the weekend of June 29 to July 1, 2018.

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 limited 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.


  • 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.

Pit Lane Walk on Thursday, June 28

The public Pitlane Walk takes place on Thursday, July 28 from 15:30-18:00. 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 more information.

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 and GP3. There will be two races apiece from these super competitive series, plus one race from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series. The Legends Parade is also back for 2018 and this year the focus is on cars from the Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft (DRM) touring car series, which ran from 1972 to 1985. Drivers who will be taking the wheel of the original cars from the series include Niki Lauda (BMW 3.6 CSL), Gerhard Berger (Porsche 935), Hans-Joachim Stuck (Porsche 956) and Christian Danner (BMW M1 Group 5). Full line up and more info here.


Friday, June 29

  • 09:35-10:20: GP3 Series practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 13:00-13:45: FIA Formula 2 practice
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 16:55-17:25: FIA Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:45-18:15: GP3 Series qualifying
  • 18:35-19:20: Porsche Supercup practice

Saturday, June 30

  • 10:15-11:00: GP3 Series race one (TBC laps)
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 13:25-13:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:45-17:55: Formula 2 race one (40 laps)
  • 18:40-19:10: Legends Parade (track familiarization)

Sunday, July 1

  • 10:00-10:35: GP3 Series race two (18 laps)
  • 11:10-12:00: FIA Formula 2 race two (28 laps)
  • 12:20-12:55 Porsche Supercup Race (16 laps)
  • 12:30-12:40: Formula 1 Driver’s Track Parade
  • 13:00-13:20: Legends Parade
  • 13:30-14:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:05-14:25: Flying Bulls Air Show (TBC)
  • 15:10-17:10: Formula 1 EYETIME GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2018 (71 Laps)

F1 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.

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. Learn more here or check the concert schedule.

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 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

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