A lap at the old Österreichring
On this page you will find an impression of a lap through the ruins of what was once one of the most beautiful circuits in the world. The pictures are made in October 2006, when the circuit was in ruins, by Michael Draye. With commentary from Herman Liesemeijer. On the map above the grey part is the original track, the red part the in 1996 opened A1-Ring, now Red Bull Ring.
We start our lap at Start/Finish.
The tunnel is gone!
Behind the run off area from the first corner of the A1-Ring, you will find this fence leading to the old part of the circuit.
The first corner of the old Österreichring, the Hella-Licht. Original a fast long right hander but since 1977 a chicane was added to the corner.
Here the flat out left kink called Flatschach.
The Dr. Tiroch Kurve (Kurve is German for corner), a long right hander.
This is the highest point of the old Österreichring. From here we go downhill at the Valvoline-Gerade (Valvoline Straight).
Another fence at the point where we're leaving the lost part of the Österreichring.
The old Österreichring meets the A1-Ring/Red Bull Ring.
At the end of the Valvoline-Gerade the Bosch Kurve was waiting. Original it was a hairpin with no run off area! Since the rebuilt to A1-Ring the hairpin has moved inside to create space for a gravel trap.
Short after the Bosch Kurve came two fast lefthanders. With the reconstruction of the circuit to A1-Ring, the corners where moved inside with a smaller radius. The asphalt which follows a wider corner is a part of the original circuit (See also the map above at this page).
After the double lefthander a right kink leading to a straight.
At the end of this straight was a long fast right hander, the Jochen Rindt Kurve. Called after the late Austrian Formula 1 driver who became posthumously World Champion in 1970. But also this corer has been reconstructed when the circuit was reconstructed to A1-Ring.
Now there it's a combination of two corners, the first is a middle speed corner...
While the second one is a very slow corner which leads to the main straight...
At the end of the new corner you can recognise the curve of the original Jochen Rindt Kurve.
And here we're back at Start/Finish.
© Text: Herman Liesemeijer Photos: Michael Draye