2016 June 30

A styrian welcome to Formula 1

The Friendly Motorsport Festival proved in impressive style on Thursday that the Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich brings fans and drivers together, with visitors offered experiences over the racing weekend that are internationally unique and define Spielberg. The F1 Village has opened its gates for the first autograph sessions and for the Public Pit Lane Walk, while visitors are delighting at exhibits of the very latest F1 cars along with a dozen BMW M1 Procars.

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Souvenir photos at the finishing straight

The Public Pit Lane Walk has become a tradition to start the weekend of the Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Fans who want to take in as much of the elite racing series as possible have a chance on Thursday of walking through the pit lane and watching the teams prepare for the race weekend up close. Lots of visitors take advantage of the rare opportunity to take a close-up look at the finishing straight and get souvenir photos on the front row of the tarmac.

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A Styrian welcome to the paddock

Projekt Spielberg then officially greeted the teams with a true Styrian welcome in the paddock. The now traditional - and suitably Styrian - tractor ride together was held, with Styrian music and delicacies too. That is just the kind of typical Austrian hospitality you would expect for a charming start to the Grand Prix weekend. A marvellously spruced-up vintage tractor rattled past the ultramodern F1 motorhomes while some of the 2016 Formula Unas – wearing wonderful Dirndls from Steirisches Heimatwerk – fitted in wonderfully.

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Fans meet the stars

From Thursday lunchtime, the drivers of nine teams were signing autographs in the F1 Village. Fans have the chance to meet the heroes of Mercedes and Red Bull Racing at the F1 Village on Saturday at 17:55. There until Sunday to excite visitors are also show cars from nearly all the Formula 1 teams, along with the BMW Procars of the 2016 Legends Parade. There will also be a red carpet at the Red Bull Ring for the first time in 2016. On Saturday and Sunday, from 08:00 to 10:00, the team bosses and drivers are to walk the 100 metres from in front of the Welcome Centre of the Red Bull Ring to the paddock, where they are to greet visitors and sign more autographs. The chance to meet the stars and idols of the teams in person tops off the Formula 1 experience for the fans!

High-speed taxi journey with Bernd Mayländer

All ticket holders are to go into a draw on Thursday for a ride with safety car driver Bernd Mayländer. Three lucky winners are to take some high-speed laps around the circuit before stepping out of the silver car with a huge grin on their faces. In the next few days, the unique events for motorsport fans continue. It might sound unreal, but it will be an F1 fan who gets to wave the chequered flag at the end of the Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich 2016. All the visitors who take a finishing photo at the photo box in the F1 Village will be in the running for the honour. On race day, Sunday, 22 little racing fans are also to accompany the stars onto the drivers’ parade at the Red Bull Ring before the start of the Grand Prix as mascots.

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