The Red Bull Ring is a circuit characterized by long straights and numerous ups and downs, with some segments that have significant slopes. The curves, unlike other circuits, are relatively few: just 10, 7 of which are on the right. The rest of the 4,318 meters of the track are long straights, designed for entertainment, overtaking and speed.
However, it is the brakes and tires that have to pay the price, especially in the longitudinal direction. The most demanding braking sections are those of turns 1, 3 and 4. Turn 1 is, of the three, the hardest: although uphill, it closes the fastest section of the entire track. Turn 3, on the other hand, is the slowest point.
In particular, in the sections following turns 1 and 3, also classified by Brembo technicians as the most demanding of the championship, the results of the studies show significant thermal increases. At the start of the straight after turn 1, the temperature rises by 60°C in the central area of the tire, which is subject to longitudinal stress during both traction and braking, while at the exit from turn 3 the increase is over 80°C.
The rear tires bear the greatest stress, especially on the straights and during the most critical braking phases. Managing these tyres in the best possible way will make all the difference, regardless of ambient temperatures.