Spielberg circuit’s race director Andy Meklau has confirmed the Red Bull Ring in Austria will undergo some safety upgrades for the MotoGP round, which will stay for the F1 race too. The layout will be unchanged.
Last year’s first MotoGP round at Austria will be remembered for one thing – the 350km/h crash that could have seriously injured a number of riders at turns 2 and 3. Johann Zarco crashed up the backside of Franco Morbidelli just before the braking zone, sending both bikes through the gravel trap and across the track at turn 3, narrowly missing the Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales.
The track was changed at that point for the race the next weekend, changes which will carry over to this year and years to come.
After many discussions, including altering the layout at turn 1 or 2, a decision was made to implement a raft of minor changes to the track to prevent an incident like that in future.
The circuit now has a new concrete wall closer to the apex of turn 3 to stop any vehicles from spearing through the gravel trap, which has been made a few meters deeper as well to catch said vehicles.
The track changes will be year-round, which means both the FIM and FIA have signed off on the alterations to say they fit the safety criteria of both four and two-wheel series.
The MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix is held on August 15th, with the F1 race on July 4th.