Jarno Trulli, Renault, A1-Ring, 2003

F1 tipped to return to Austria in 2014

2014 F1 calendarPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jarno Trulli, Renault, A1-Ring, 2003The 2014 F1 calendar will include a return to Austria according to a report in the Austrian newspaper Kurier.

It quotes a Red Bull statement claiming an agreement has been reached between Bernie Ecclestone and Dietrich Mateschitz to revive the event which last took place ten years ago. The race will take place on July 6th.

The race will be held at the Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1-Ring, which was last used for F1 races between 1997 and 2003. The A1-Ring is a truncated version of the Osterreichring which held the Austrian Grand Prix between 1970 and 1987.

The 4.3km, ten-turn circuit was reopened in 2011 after being purchased by Red Bull.

New races are also planned in Sochi, Russia and New Jersey, USA, which could potentially increase the number of races next year to 22.

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  1. It will only be great if DRS is inactivated…

    1. Funny you mention that.

      I watched Race 1 of the WSR yesterday and thought ‘it’d be really cool to see the F1 come back here’, because the WSR’s looked pretty slow in comparison to what i’m used to seeing when it comes to single seaters around the A1 ring (sorry, not too keen on RB Ring).

      Then I started thinking where they’d inevitably put the DRS. My guess is the s/f, and the straight after T1.

      1. @ecwdanselby

        You know that A1 was just a title sponsor as well? I think it was an Austrian mobile phone network.

  2. I’m glad to see f1 returning to another permanent track in the heart of Europe, where a) there will be a local audience and b) the track owner will spend money.

    However, I wonder about another aspect of motorsport which shows a worrying trend. Red Bull now own two of the teams on the F1 grid, one of the tracks, a young driver programme (that admittedly isn’t as successful), they’re title sponsors for a championship rally team, they’re primary sponsors for other drivers and minor sponsors for other teams in several series, and if rumours are to be believed, they’re being offered a seat on FOM’s board.

    While this is admirable success for a company who have turned a losing f1 team around since 2006, they are one of only 3 major sponsors to take much of an interest in f1 since the crash of 2007 (Rolex and pvdsa being the others). They torpedoed the resource restriction agreement, and currently have a huge spending advantage (they even fabricate parts at the circuit during race weekends according to one report) at a time when other teams can barely survive. Other motorsports series are suffering the same problems as f1, as the money needed to run modern formulas simply isn’t available in the sponsorship marketplace.

    Are we running into a future where Red Bull run the sport from the board, dominate the paddock with massive spending, and have the power to manipulate things to their advantage? What I’m seeing doesn’t look healthy. Another financial crash is on the horizon, and Santander are shaky. Vodafone are gone, and the paddock seems to have no idea what McLaren might have in the way of a replacement. So potentially the two biggest challengers to red bull may have significant trouble getting the money in to compete. I know the argument “they’re two huge brands they’ll get money in somewhere” but already you can see that they’re not bringing as many updates, or as frequently, as red bull do. Is that down to lack of ideas, or (relative to red bull) lack of money?

    As to the rumors of who will replace Bernie, who do we know who has global business pedigree, a genius for marketing, a wide reach, and gets a lot of this done very quickly and with little fuss? One D. Matechitz…?

    Is the future of f1 bright, or monochrome?

    1. I doubt, that Mateschitz would be interested in a position as glamorous as Ecclestone’s. The man has always been media-shy and introverted in the public. That said, wasn’t there some speculation recently (already refuted apparently), that Christian Horner could take this role?

      About Red Bull’s influence in motorsports and F1 in particular: I agree with you. On the other hand, I’m from Austria. I can’t hate or doubt them, especially after news like this! ;)

      1. Bernie is reasonably well known but 99% of what he does goes unreported. It’s all quiet phone calls and handshake deals. He rarely gets his face in the paper and only when there’s a benefit to him.

    2. @hairs Ferrari will have something to say about that! As well as the FIA – I don’t see either of them as big fans of Red Bull. The pendulum will swing when (not if) Vettel moves to another team… most likely Ferrari.

      1. @journeyer Money talks. Red Bull have it.

  3. British Grand Prix 2014 is meant to be on 06 July!

    I’ve bought a ticket for next year’s race at Silverstone and it says 04-06 July on the email confirmation, so I guess it will have to move…

  4. A1 ring Red Bull Ring great track, simple and a lot of fun one of the current non F1 tracks that I drive on Rfactor quite a lot :)

  5. yes, yes, yes please! great circuit, please let these news be true!
    drop korea and bring this awesome track back!

  6. Its great to see a race in Europe come back. Its top class instead of having prospective races in Thailand or other places where the sport isnt as big eg China and Korea. I like this decision, but how many races will there be next year?

  7. Changes to Interlagos for 2014 have been approved-

    Basically a new pit complex, The current 2nd straght is slightly longer with a modified Turn 4.

    1. Long overdue.

      But fantastic nonetheless.

  8. Very happy to see this. Much better venue than Valencia; still hoping that Valencia will not be swapping with Catalunya.

    1. Perhaps we can have the Madrid GP as proposed on Top Gear I think last week :p

  9. Fantastic news! I’d just been there on Saturday for World series by Renault and it was great. Though it’s a very, very short track (3.5 qualified with 1:15 I think), and I think it needs some work on safety.

    I also think they’ll have to build some new grandstands (there’s quite a lot of seats, but it’s only from the pit straight to a bit after turn 1). The view is fantastic though, as you can see most of the track from there (Pic 1, Pic 2)

    It’s always nice when there’s an European addition to the track, especially when it’s such a unique one. And it’s fantastic that there’ll be an F1 race less than two hours’ drive from where I live.

  10. The first thing I thought off was that it should be lovely to play in new F1 games as it was one of the tracks I enjoyed most in F1 Challenge. That said, I’m also happy to see the return of a classic F1 track rather than continuous new additions of Tilkedromes in the most various countries. I have never seen a race at the track so I don’t know how good or bad it is, or was, and how entertaining races there can be, but I have high hopes.
    A downside might be that with more circuits coming onto the calendar, some of the current ones might be at risk. As long as it isn’t the classic ones I’m in favour of the Red Bull Ring replacing them.

  11. This is brilliant news. It’s good to see a circuit from years ago back on the calendar. I like the lay-out as it is, and the setting and elevation changes make it a very unique challenge. My guess is that if it happens, then the DRS zone(s) would be the start/finish straight or/and the straight after turn 1.
    Regarding the calendar, it seems most likely that we’ll lose Korea and New Jersey, with Spielberg and Sochi being added. If this takes place on July 6th, then I wonder when the British GP will be because that’s its provisional date.

  12. Cucamest (@kevincucamest)
    23rd July 2013, 15:40

    I think this is how the 2014 calendar will look like:

    1) Bahrain – March 16th
    2) Australia – March 30th
    3) Malaysia – April 13th
    4) China – April 27th
    5) Spain (Barcelona) – May 11th
    6) Monaco – May 25th
    7) Canada – June 8th
    8) New Jersey – June 15th
    9) Great Britain June 19th
    10) Austria – July 6th
    11) Germany – July 20th
    12) Hungary – July 27th
    13) Belgium – August 31st
    14) Italy – September 7th
    15) Singapore – September 21st
    16) Japan – October 5th
    17) India – October 12th
    18) Abu Dhabi – October 26th
    19) Russia – November 2nd
    20) USA – November 16th
    21) Brazil – November 23rd

    1. Korea should be there sandwiched Singapore and Japan

      1. Pretty sure it’s missing on purpose. No way they’ll approve a 22 race calendar, even 21 is maybe pushing it slightly. Nobody likes the Korean GP, if one has to go next year to make room for Austria here’s hoping it’s that one.

        1. Bernie says 20 and I say 21. The calendar may need a few changes to it. I won’t have back to back races as they should be every fortnight that there is a GP

    2. Just four days between New Jersey and Silverstone! That should test the logistics folks.

  13. There is still a legal fight going on here in Spain about the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix. The agreement between Valencia and Barcelona was that it would alternate but it seems as though Barcelona has reneged on the agreement, hence the legal case.

  14. Fantastic. One of the best spectator tracks there is. Fantastic viewing from all the grandstands except the pit straight. Very little in the way of nearby hotels etc. But a welcome return.

  15. It’s nice to see the return of a historic European venue, especially a fast one with beautiful trackside scenery like we have at the Oestereichring.

    It’s also nothing more than Dieterich Mateschitz deserves in my opinion. Eight years ago this circuit was effectively derelict, with no pit buildings or grandstands. It lay idle for years with no hope of racing, but RedBull invested millions to refurbish it and get it into a state fit for purpose, with the track reopening in 2011.

    Not only that but Mateschitz’s RedBull has been a fixture in motor-racing for many years, from beginnings in the mid-90s with Sauber sponsorship right up to the investment involved in running two fully fledged Formula 1 teams, including of course, the jewel in the RedBull motorsport crown, three times Champions, RedBull Racing. Not only that but right the way down the motorsport ladder, in junior formulae for both single seaters and motorcycles, RedBull backs many promising young drivers.

    I find it a very fitting gesture that they have been able to get the RedBull Ring reinstated as a Formula 1 circuit.

  16. Lewis Cotton
    23rd July 2013, 17:31

    Good news, though I would still like a race in France and Imola. The latter races are never going to return for a long time with the current calendar and more places interested in joining the F1 circus unfortunately. Korea should be dropped and possibly India, but I’m less certain about the latter race.

    1. France and Imola – not going to happen. Korea and India won’t be dropped as they have a contract with FOM till about 2015 or 2016

  17. God I do hope that in the future they try to keep the current European calander as it is. I’m really keen on tracks like Spa, Silverstone, Monza and now the A1 ring.

  18. wooohooo!!!! yes yes yes!
    finally, back to the a1-ring, some of the best races have been held their, it is by far my favorite track ever!
    I’m a happy camper

  19. This will be amazing :D

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