F1 tipped to return to Austria in 2014

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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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111 comments on F1 tipped to return to Austria in 2014

  1. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 23rd July 2013, 14:56

    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.

  2. Cucamest (@kevincucamest) said on 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

  3. Dargo (@dargo) said on 23rd July 2013, 15:42

    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.

  4. Steven Smith (@ragwort) said on 23rd July 2013, 16:33

    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.

  5. Calum (@calum) said on 23rd July 2013, 17:11

    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.

  6. Lewis Cotton said on 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.

  7. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 23rd July 2013, 17:46

    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.

  8. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 23rd July 2013, 20:03

    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

  9. IoBot said on 23rd July 2013, 21:08

    This will be amazing :D

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