A short but challenging track, Formula 1 heads to the Red Bull Ring for this years Austrian Grand Prix, and Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner sat down with Mobil 1 The Grid to preview one of the most picturesque races on the calendar…
The track is situated amongst the beautiful backdrop of the styrian hills, and first hosted the Grand Prix back in 1970. It had periods where it wasn’t an active race. First after the 1987 Grand Prix, before returning ten years later then leaving again after the 2003 edition. A major refurbishment was completed in 2011 and Formula 1 returned once again in 2014, the first race back being won by Mercedes Nico Rosberg. The track is also the home race for the Red Bull team, the track of course being owned by Red Bull and Christian Horner is full of praise for the venue.
“The Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring is a phenomenal race. For us its our home race as the Red Bull team. The support, the patriotic support that there is around the team in that Grand Prix weekend is fantastic.”
Red Bull pride themselves on putting on a good show for the crowds and with Liberty Media’s takeover of F1, this year will be even more special for some lucky fans. A prize draw will see race goers get a chance to ride in the safety car around the track and one very lucky person will even wave the checkered flag on Sunday! There will also be pitlane walks for ticket holders and a lot of on and off track entertainment. 2017 is the fourth race of the circuits new era and will be a real challenge for Red Bull due to its highly power sensitive nature. Red Bull have been on the up since the Spanish Grand Prix–podiums for Daniel Ricciardo in Spain, Monaco and Canada lead to that unbelievable victory in Azerbaijan a week ago. So Horner has every right to be fairly optimistic for this weekend’s race.
“We’ve been developing the car very aggressively. Certainly since the Barcelona Grand Prix we’ve been putting performance onto the car and closing the gap to the opposition. Barcelona, Monaco and Montreal are all races we finished on the podium at”
Last years race was a cracker, the battle for the win going down right to the last lap. Red Bull did get a podium out of the race, Max Verstappen finishing in second place, complete with Lederhosen race overalls. A repeat of that would be a just reward for all of Red Bull’s hard work but with Ferrari and Mercedes still ahead it is going to be a big fight to get onto the podium. And hopefully, a fight that enthralls us once again.