Vettel waxes lyrical about Red Bull Ring circuit


Sebastian Vettel has been outperformed by Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on-track this season, so it seems he's trying a different tactic to stay in his paymasters' good books.

Formula One returns to Austria this weekend when the championship arrives at the Red Bull Ring. The circuit is owned by the same energy drinks company that fields Vettel and Ricciardo, making the race a home event for the team.

And four-time champion Vettel has lavished praise on the track, highlighting its aesthetic as well as sporting qualities.

"The circuit is actually very pretty," said Vettel. "Not only the track, but the whole area. The circuit’s set amid a beautiful natural landscape. There are not many distractions there - it’s just about racing.

"The Red Bull Ring is a short track, with only a few turns, but it’s very challenging," continued Vettel.

"There are also a lot of elevation changes, which makes it interesting and fun. The fans will have a great time as every grandstand offers a great view of the circuit.”

The German also revealed that his first outing in a single-seater was at the circuit, which was then known as the A1 Ring.

“I have great memories of the Red Bull Ring. I was 13 years old when I first drove around it. I had the chance to test a formula car from the Auinger family.

"It was something completely new and it took me a while to get used to it. I’m really happy that we will race there."

The most recent Austrian Grand Prix, held in 2003, was won by Vettel's fellow countryman Michael Schumacher for Ferrari.