The Red Bull Ring has undergone various track modifications ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
In its third successive event since returning to the Formula One calendar in 2014, extra run-off areas and kerbs have been newly installed along with the entire 4.326 km (2.688 mile) circuit and pit-lane being majorly resurfaced.
Run-off areas have been placed at the first corner, turns two and eight while another has been installed on the right-hand side at the entry of turn three.
25 millimetre negative kerbs have been placed at the entry of the first corner and turns two, three, five and eight, and on the exit of downhill turn three and 100 millimetre kerbs installed behind the apex kerbs of turn one, two and nine.
50 millimetre 'sausage' kerbs were placed behind the negative kerbs exiting the first two corners along with 50 millimetre negative double kerbs on the exit of corners five to nine.
The Red Bull Ring has been previously known as the A1-Ring and the Osterreichring before it was bought out and refurbished by Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz.
There are talks underway with Red Bull looking at expanding the Spielberg circuit from the current layout into the original Osterreichring.
According to Austrian newspaper the Salzburger Nachrichten, owner Mateschitz is considering reviving the legendary Westschleife (west loop) section of the 5.911km circuit.
“From a driver’s perspective, the old track would be interesting,” explained F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone. “It would separate the men from the boys a lot more than it does nowadays, anyway.”
“The merging of these two tracks would create one of the most attractive and fastest race tracks in the world.”
Red Bull’s Dr. Helmut Marko insisted that the expansion is currently at a planning stage at the moment.
by Michael Terminello