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Old 23rd July 2013, 17:26   #1
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Default Austrian Grand Prix set to return to F1 calendar in 2014

The Austrian Grand Prix is set to return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, after Spielberg's owner Red Bull revealed a deal had been struck for a July 6 date.

Link: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/108917

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The Austrian Grand Prix is set to return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, after Spielberg's owner Red Bull revealed a deal had been struck for a July 6 date.

The energy drinks company issued a short statement to Austrian media outlets on Tuesday morning saying that it had concluded negotiations for F1 to return to the circuit.

It said: "Dietrich Mateschitz [Red Bull owner] and Bernie Ecclestone have reached agreement to the effect that Formula 1 will come back to Styria next year."

Austria last hosted a Formula 1 race in 2003, prior to it falling off the calendar when redevelopment plans at the Spielberg circuit stalled.

Its new owner Red Bull spent time considering what to do with the venue, prior to a major investment push that led to it reopening as the newly named Red Bull Ring in 2011.
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Default Re: Austrian Grand Prix set to return to F1 calendar in 2014

Now, Red Bull has their own home race track for all private testing

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The A-1 ring is among the most picturesque F1 tracks. Great to see it back for 2014.
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Default Re: Austrian Grand Prix set to return to F1 calendar in 2014

This is not confirmed yet. But nice to see an addition to the European calendar.

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Now, Red Bull has their own home race track for all private testing

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RBR is an English team for all practical purposes just sporting an Austrian licence.
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Default Re: Austrian Grand Prix set to return to F1 calendar in 2014

How exciting! I think this will make it 21 races then for the 2014 F1 Calender?
Circuit Map of the re-done Österreichring, The circuit seems to have changed from the seventies to it's current(A-1) iteration. I think following should be the one used for 2014, Correct if wrong:
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So F1 circus is going back to Austria, its a beautiful circuit!

Here is how the circuit looks after the renovation.

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Default Re: Austrian Grand Prix set to return to F1 calendar in 2014

Hmm...
I was on another forum discussing the same.
Has F1 visited this circuit as recently as 2003? This A-1 right, They say it's the one with the Ferrari team order fiasco in 2002, prior to it becoming legal.

EDIT: Yes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Fo..._race_schedule

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The A1-Ring circuit was crap to be honest, just a point & squirt layout with a short lap (somewhere in the 1m:10s range if I remember right), nothing like the original Osterreichring (now that was some track). The planned inclusion of the original Westschleife (west loop) section during redevelopment would've given it some character, but that got caught up in litigation and never materialized. Shame
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