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Trackside at the Red Bull Ring – 2021 Austrian Grand Prix

Maximise your experience at the Red Bull Ring for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix on July 2-4. Advice on parking, entry and on-track action.

 

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.

Parking, Access & Orientation at the Red Bull Ring

  • The good news if you are driving to the circuit is that trackside 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.

Austrian Grand Prix 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 Formula 3. There will be two races apiece from these super competitive series, plus one race from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series. Another popular part of the Austrian Grand Prix is the The Legends Parade, which features reunites classic motorsport machines with their original drivers. A Pit Lane Walk for 3-day ticket holders is normally held on Thursday from 15:30-18:00.

Please note: The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix schedule will not be published until about one month before race weekend; in the meantime, we’ve included the 2019 schedule below to give you an idea of timings.

Friday

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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: Austrian Grand Prix (71 Laps)

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.

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!

39 thoughts on “Trackside at the Red Bull Ring – 2021 Austrian Grand Prix”

    1. 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

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  2. I have a question – when will be held an autoghraph session? I cannot find it on the internet. Thank so much. :)

    1. 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!

  3. Roland Koerts

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

    1. 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.

    1. Hi, there won’t be an issue bringing a baby stroller into the circuit. Enjoy, the General Admission views at Red Bull Ring are great. Hoping for good weather!

      1. Thank you for your reply. We’re looking forward to the race & hoping the weather is good too.

        1. Hi Pavel, I’m really surprised to read this. I don’t know of any Grand Prix venue that doesn’t allow parents with baby strollers to enter the circuit. Anyway, I just checked with a friend who took his child to the circuit today. NO problem to enter with a baby stroller!

          1. Pavel Sovička

            I dont know, this will be my first Grand Prix. I just pointed out I noticed that while trying to find as much info as possible…

  4. 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?

    1. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. Jesse Mestemacher

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

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. Mislav Franjo

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

  11. Hi,

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

    1. Vincent, the Red Bull Ring confirmed you can get pass outs (more than once if you want). But don’t forget to scan your barcode when leaving the circuit or you will not get back in.

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

    1. Yes, it is – but only on Friday. I read about this in the “Projekt Spielberg” app – get it if you don’t already have it!

  13. Callie de Jager

    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?

    Thanks!

    1. 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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