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Please note: The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix schedule will not be published until about one month before race weekend; in the meantime, we’ve included the 2019 schedule below to give you an idea of timings.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