F.1 – Focus Ring
With drivers’ press conference the spotlights on the Austrian Grand Prix switch on. Since last year the owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, strongly wanted to return the Circus in the region of Styria, Austria has once again become an important event for the World Championship.
The track of Spielberg is 4,326 meters long and presents significant differences in height 677 meters above sea level, being positioned on the hillside, in the green heart of Styria.
The Red Bull Ring has four zones where the engine is very important, with three slow corners and a good guided segment. It requires a medium/high downforce and the asphalt is little abrasive. Soft tyres are the best choice for maximum grip. Here’s the Pirelli, for the third consecutive Grand Prix, leading the Soft and Supersoft.
The most critical point is engine cooling, due to track altitude, together with brakes, because there are outdistance sections that put a strain on the system. Be careful to fuel consumption: on paper every 100 kg/h allowed by regulation (when the motor exceeds 10,500 rpm rotation) are needed.
THE NUMBERS OF THE RED BULL RING
Circuit: Red Bull Ring
Length: 4,326 meters
Altitude: 677-736 m above sea level