Organizers of the Austrian GP hope to avoid another fire incident like the one in the last grand prix with a change to the track layout next year.
If you’ll recall, KTM rider, Dani Pedrosa slid from his RC16 on the exit of the Turn 3 hairpin. Lorenzo Savadori slammed head-on into the orange bike, causing a big fire to erupt due to a damaged fuel tank.
In order to ensure the safety of all those in attendance at the Austrian Grand Prix circuit, a decision has been made in cooperation with the FIA and the Formula One Group as well as with FIM, Dorna and AMF to create a chicane at Turn 2.
In the illustration above, a chicane has been added on the long straight after Turn 1 in order to slow down riders entering the very sharp Turn 3.
The chicane is designed to be a fast double turn, which will reduces the speed of the bikes before the tight Turn 3 right-hander. It’s hoped to offer an additional overtaking opportunity right in front of the Red Bull Grandstand.
Renovation will start in November this year and continue over the winter break. It’s hoped that the Red Bull Ring can start the 2022 motorcycle racing season with the new track layout. This also adds a new variation for the track, to make it more exciting in the event of back to back race weekends.
This modification will strictly be for MotoGP. The Formula 1 race will continue without the chicane and use the current layout.