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Length: 4.326 km
Opened: 1969
F3 lap record: 1m26.533s (Nigel Melker, 2011)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

Having made its return to the international motor racing scene in 2011, the Red Bull Ring - the former home of the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix under the Österreichring and A1-Ring banners - continues to build on its renewed reputation as the European Formula 3 elite visits the hills and valleys of Styria again this weekend.

With drivers, teams, the media and fans all giving their thumbs up following last year's event, the Austrian round of the ever-so-popular DTM event package promises to provide plenty of drama at one of the fastest, most undulating and overtaking-friendly circuits on the calendar. Add the striking scenery of the Spielberg landscape into the equation, and it's easy to see why the Red Bull Ring enjoys such fond approval in many parts of the paddock.


Even back in its first days of existence as the Österreichring more than 40 years ago - at a time when safety standards were modest to say the least - the since rechristened Red Bull Ring was considered a ferociously fast circuit. Despite being shortened on safety grounds ahead of Formula 1's return to the track following a ten-year absence in 1997, the venue has always been known for its high-speed nature and long straights, punctuated by 90-degree corners and sharp hairpins.

Top speed is vital to be competitive at the Red Bull Ring - especially in race trim to either execute or defend from overtaking attempts - but it's important not to forget about the twisting final sector of the lap which requires a completely different set of characteristics from the car. While the first part of the lap is mostly about good traction out of corners and that all-important top speed, the concluding segment - where Felix clashed with eventual championship winner Roberto Merhi as the duo went side-by-side into the Audi Ultra left-hander in the final race of the weekend last year - is a very different story where high levels of downforce are required to produce as much grip as possible. This paradox makes the Red Bull Ring a demanding challenge for drivers and engineers, as they seek the optimum trade-off between outright top speed and a balanced car in the fast corners.


The mountains of Styria, the region where the Red Bull Ring is located, is dominated by Alpine forests and is one of the most picturesque destinations on the calendar. The weather is often changeable and variations in temperature and humidity are frequent. The forecast for this weekend is no exception, with Friday marking the highest risk of rain before scattered showers are expected to hit the circuit on and off through Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


Felix's perspective


"We were very strong at Red Bull Ring last year, and I only just missed out on Pole Position by less than a tenth in qualifying. We had all sorts of misfortune in the races, however, and even if it did eventually turn out to be one of the worst events of the year for me results-wise, we still had race-winning pace - and that makes me quietly confident as we head to Spielberg again this weekend. We haven't been able to fully compete with Prema Powerteam so far this year, but we have a number of theories as to why that is and will try a lot of things out during free practice. The circuit might look simple at first sight, but I can promise you that it's more difficult than you think. It features a range of high-speed corners, which suits me well, and we will work relentlessly to try and close the gap to our rivals before we head into the summer break."

Time schedule

All times local

Friday (1 June)
Free Practice: 10.50-12.35
Qualifying: 17.05-17.35

Saturday (2 June)
Race 1: 11.15-11.55
Race 2: 17.50-18.10

Sunday (3 June)
Race 3: 10.45-11.25

How it works

This weekend's races count towards both Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. The exception is Race 2, which only counts towards Formula 3 Euro Series.

The grid for the first race of the meeting is based on each driver's second-fastest lap time in Friday qualifying, with the outright fastest times setting up the grid for Race 3. Both Race 1 and Race 3 are run over approx. 40 minutes, and utilise the same points structure as Formula 1 with 25 points on offer for the winner. This applies to both Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

Race 2 is a so-called "sprint" event, contested over approx. 20 minutes. The grid is formed by reversing the top eight finishers from Race 1, with the winner starting from eighth, the runner-up from seventh etc. The artificial elements of Race 2 - combined with the shorter race distance - mean that fewer points are up for grabs (10 for the winner) than in Race 1 and Race 3.

The full 2012 calendar and points system can be viewed here.

Preliminary entry list

No. Name Nat. Team Engine
1 Daniel Juncadella ESP Prema Powerteam Mercedes-Benz
2 Sven Müller GER Prema Powerteam Mercedes-Benz
5 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport Mercedes-Benz
6 Pascal Wehrlein GER Mücke Motorsport Mercedes-Benz
7 Sandro Zeller SUI Jo Zeller Racing Mercedes-Benz
8 Andrea Roda ITA Jo Zeller Racing Mercedes-Benz
9 Lucas Wolf GER URD Rennsport Mercedes-Benz
10 Philip Ellis GBR GU-Racing Mercedes-Benz
11 William Buller GBR Carlin Volkswagen
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP Carlin Volkswagen
14 Michael Lewis USA Prema Powerteam Mercedes-Benz
15 Raffaele Marciello ITA Prema Powerteam Mercedes-Benz
16 Tom Blomqvist GBR ma-con Motorsport Volkswagen
17 Emil Bernstorff GBR ma-con Motorsport Volkswagen
23 Luis Sá Silva ANG Angola Racing Team Mercedes-Benz
Guest drivers (read more)
Geoff Uhrhane AUS Double R Mercedes-Benz
Fahmi Ilyas MAS Double R Mercedes-Benz



As always, www.felixracing.se will be fully updated throughout the weekend, with reports from each of the sessions that take place. The website is the central information hub for everything that goes on both on and off the track, and will also feature other relevant news, pictures and videos.


For the first time in the history of Formula 3 Euro Series, all races will be streamed LIVE at www.f3euroseries.com throughout the season, meaning everyone with an internet connection will now be able to watch all the action in real time. The live stream can also be accessed via banners appearing on the start page at www.felixracing.se. The streaming will commence ten minutes before the scheduled start of each race (see event time table above).

Social media

The interaction with fans and followers will principally involve Felix Racing's official Facebook Fan Page (link below), where supporters can discuss all the goings-on and post potential questions to Felix.

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