Osterrichring set for development as part of Red Bull Ring expansion

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The home of the Austrian Grand Prix is set for an extension for the first time since opening back in 1996 as part of plans to improve the Red Bull Ring circuit and experience.

For the first time since the tracks opening, the whole circuit has been resurfaced, and according to racingcircuits.info, plans are afoot to re-open and re-design parts of the forgotten Osterrichring, which hosted Formula 1 races in the 1970s and 1980s before it was shortened to make the A1 Ring, which became the Red Bull Ring and returning to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014.

The link roads between Castrol corner, Remus corner and the western section of the Osterrichring has already been resurfaced and redesigned, with new chicanes added, which in turn has meant that part of the spectator banking at the Castrol corner has been removed.

Construction work has also been performed between the Hella Licht to Tiroch Kurve section of the old track, but there are no current plans to host any kind of motor racing on the extended track, which could mean a track length of between 5.5km and 6km.

The current Red Bull Ring is just 4.326km and has just nine corners, with the pole position in 2015 being set by Lewis Hamilton at just 1m08.455s.

Red Bull Ring - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd
Red Bull Ring – Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd