Jenson Button says it is “great” that Formula 1 is returning to Austria and the Red Bull Ring this weekend after 11 years away.
The Brit has competed in four F1 races at the 2.688 mile track, with a best result of fourth place in 2003. He is a fan of the venue and is looking forward to racing there once again. “First, I think it’s great that we’re going back to Austria,” he said.
“Obviously, the Austrian Grand Prix has such a lot of history, the country has had some great drivers and champions in the past, and it’s also currently got a world-class grand prix team, so it makes a lot of sense for us to be racing there again.
“Second, I think it’s a great venue, a fantastic location for a grand prix. From my previous visits, I remember the clear mountain air, the cool morning temperatures before the sun hit the paddock, and the fast, sweeping corners that still largely exist, and which give this circuit a great feel from the cockpit.
“I remember the racing line for Turn One would lead us far out over the exit kerbs and onto the Tarmac run-off – it was crazy. It’ll be interesting to see what has changed in the intervening 10 years – I hear that the track has been left largely unchanged, but that the pits and paddock have been renovated. I think that’s a good call – the track is simple but great. A mini-classic.”
Kevin Magnussen competed at the circuit last year in round six of the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 season. Describing the challenges of the Red Bull Ring, he said: “It’s a very cool place – it’s a circuit where you never really get to rest in the cockpit because the track is always going somewhere; there’s only really one ‘straight’ straight, along the start/finish line, but it’s book-ended by fast corners so the opportunity you get to relax is pretty minimal.
“But that’s what makes it so enjoyable – every lap is a real adrenaline rush because the corners never stop coming. You need to really be on top of the car around here, you want it to be doing exactly what you ask of it, simply because the lap is so physical, the driver is actually doing a lot of work, so he needs his car to take as much of that burden as possible.
“I think this’ll be a great new addition to the calendar – the circuit is a hardcore racetrack, the fans are passionate and the venue is spectacular.”
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